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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF6339

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

27 3/4 19 1/4 30 3/4 in. (70.49 48.9 78.11 cm)

Date

1795–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and light and dark wood inlay; cherry (hinged rails and front rail); yellow poplar (stationary rails, drawer stops, and drawer sides, bottom, and back); pine (corner blocks, laminated rail, and drawer front)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible script, in graphite, on underside of drawer bottom; "X," in chalk, on proper left stationary rail and on proper left hinged rail

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

C. L. Prickett Antiques, Yardley, Pennsylvania; sold to Bruce Westcott, New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2017, lot 4260

Associated names

C. L. Prickett Antiques
Bruce Westcott
Sotheby's

Construction

The oblong, single-board, line-inlaid top has bowed ends, and a square, line-inlaid edge and is joined to its similarly decorated half-round leaves by four pairs of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed. The joints between top and leaves are quarter round. The top is fixed to its frame by four triangular screwpockets ? one each inside the frame?s interior long rails, and two inside the veneered, bowed, and thrice-laminated simulated-drawer rail ? and two screws in the underside of the rail above the drawer opposite. The interior and exterior long rails are joined by nails through the interior rails. Also nailed to the interior rails? inside faces are drawer supports and rectangular drawer-stop blocks. The drawer?s veneered and line-inlaid and bowed, twice-laminated front meets its flush, flat-topped drawer sides in dovetail joints having narrow, kerf-marked pins with half-pins above and below. The single-board drawer bottom perpendicular to the front, is chamfered at the front and sides, where it fits into grooves. The drawer sides are formerly full-depth now with restored bottoms. The back of the drawer bottom is fixed with later nails to the bottom of the drawer back. In each corner of the frame opposite the drawer is a large vertical quarter-round glue block. There is a vertical block at each end of the frame?s exterior long rails, possibly integral with the legs. Near the midpoint of each rail is a square, carved wood five-knuckled hinge which allows a trapezoidal block to swing and support a hinged leaf. The bottom edge of each block is carved out for a finger hold. The square, tapering legs are inlaid with dots and flowers on their outside faces and with lines down to their inlaid cuffs on all their faces. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, J.N. Johnson, C. Eskridge, T.B. Lloyd, January 16, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Collection of Joan Oestreich Kend, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2017), lot 4260.