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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF6532

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

27 3/4 18 1/2 36 1/4 in. (70.49 46.99 92.08 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location


Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany with light and dark wood inlay (primary); chestnut (cross braces, corner block, tip bar, and one drawer stop); maple (hinged rails and front rail); yellow poplar (stationary rails, drawer linings, and one drawer stop); pine (laminated rail)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Clifton Collection; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 19, 2018, lot 204 (unsold)

Associated names

Clifton Collection
Christie's

Construction

The oblong, single-board top has bowed ends, an incurvate, molded edge, is double-line-inlaid near its edge, and meets its similarly decorated half-round leaves in quarter round joints. The leaves join the top in four pairs of wrought-iron hinges laid out with scribe-lines, each leaf thrice-screwed. The underside of the top is prominently scribe-lined. It is fixed to its frame by screw pockets ? two in one interior long rail, and one in the other ? and two in the bowed short rail, which consists of five laminated horizontal pieces. The top is also joined to the rail above the drawer opening by two screws. Two transverse battens set into grooves in the tops of the interior long rails are glued to the underside of the top. Rosehead nails in the inside faces of the interior long rails connect them to the exterior long rails. Within the frame, tip bars ? one with chamfered ends and one with square ends ? are nailed with brads to the long rails. Drawer stops, aligned with the rear transverse battens, are nailed with brads to the inner long rails, and sit atop the full-length drawer supports, which are fixed to the bottom of the long rails with rosehead nails. Slender glue blocks occupy the corners of the frame opposite the drawer opening. The drawer?s inlaid veneered front meets its flush, flat-topped, full-height sides in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is chamfered at the front and sides, fitting into grooves in both. It is also fixed with one nail to the front. The back of the drawer bottom is nailed with brads to the flat-topped drawer back. The trapezoidal blocks in the outer long rail swing out to support the leaves by means of round, six-knuckled, carved wood hinges. Beside each block is a carved-out quarter-spherical finger pull. The square, tapering legs are inlaid with lines, "icicles" and cuffs on their outside faces only. Small rectangular wedges with chamfered edges are nailed with brads to the underside of the leaves. Examined by P.E. Kane, July 10, 2018; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 19, 2018), 133, lot 204, ill.