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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF6357

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

27 7/8 16 1/4 34 1/4 in. (70.8 41.28 87 cm)

Date

1790–1805

Current location

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Cherry and light and dark wood inlay; pine (drawer linings, cross braces, stationary rails, drawer supports, and drawer stop); chestnut (glue blocks); maple (hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Double loop, in graphite, on proper left stationary rail behind leaf support; “1,” in a circle, in graphite on interior of proper left leaf support; “X,” in graphite on proper right staionary rail; “X,” in graphite on interior proper right leaf support; “2,” in chalk, on underside of top under proper right hinge of hinged rail; “3,” in chalk, on underside of top under proper left hinge of hinge rail; “A,” in graphite on interior of drawer back and at interior of drawer sides near drawer front; “X,” in chalk, on interior of rear rail and on adjacent underside of top

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Coggeshall family, Newport, Rhode Island, consigned to Gustave J. S. White, Newport, Rhode Island, February 2017; sold to Gary R. Sullivan, Sharon, Massachusetts, 2017

Associated names

Coggeshall family

Construction

The oblong, rectangular, square-edged top is joined to its rectangular 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 six screw pockets ? one inside the rail opposite the drawer, one in a semi-circular cutout in the underside of the rail above the drawer, and two each in the outside faces of the exterior long rails. The short rails and the exterior long rails are tenoned without wood pins to the tops of the legs. There are multiple glue blocks at the joints between top and frame, and the shadow of a missing glue block within the rail opposite the drawer. Two transverse battens are set into grooves in the interior long rails and nailed to the underside of the top. Another transverse batten is dovetailed into the skirts of the interior long rails. A vertically arranged drawer stop is nailed into the back of this batten, and drawer supports are half-lapped to it and to the top of the rail below the drawer. The interior and exterior long rails are joined by rosehead nails. The drawer front has a line-inlaid edge and meets its slightly shorter, arch-topped, prominently scribe-lined sides in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is chamfered at the front and sides, where it fits into grooves. The drawer sides are full-depth (the proper right drawer side is considerably worn down), and the drawer bottom is fixed with rosehead nails to the bottom of the drawer back. Near the midpoint of each exterior long rail is a square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge which allows a trapezoidal block to swing and support a hinged leaf. The neighboring portion of the long rail and the edge of the diagonal side of each block are cut out for a finger hold. The square, tapering legs are line and ?icicle? inlaid on their outside faces down to their inlaid cuffs. Examined by P.E. Kane, March 16, 201; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.