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Pembroke table, XF222,,English, unknown maker, c.1810, rosewood with mahogany sides and backs and cedar bases to drawers; brass mouldings, inlay, knobs and castors.©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photograph: Hugh Kelly.

Pembroke table, English, unknown maker, c.1810

Rosewood with mahogany and cedar; brass mouldings, panels and fittings

Height: 70cm
Width (overall): 150.5cm
Width (central section, top): 89.5cm
Width (leaf): 30.5cm
Depth: 61cm

Museum number: XF222

Curatorial note

Rosewood, with mahogany sides and backs and cedar bases to drawers. The top with border of double ebony stringing; two drawers on one side; two dummy drawers on the other side, with panelled drawer fronts with brass bead mouldings, each with two turned brass knobs; the drawers flanked by brass panels of vertical washboard pattern; all drawers with brass-lined keyholes; two with original locks; table supported on two standards with a plain cross stretcher towards the top; the standards are formed as rectangles inlaid with brass stringing on front and sides with a brass base moulding above further brass panels of vertical washboard pattern on both sides, with outcurved legs decorated with brass stringing on the sides and top and brass sabots fitted with castors.

Peter Thornton considered this table to be the original sofa table from the South Drawing Room although the Furniture and Fittings inventory describes it as having ‘claw feet’ whereas this table has castors. It is not clear whether or not the castors are original but they are of a form that might perhaps be called a ‘claw’. The table shown in the 1825 view by J. M. Gandy (Vol. 82, 29). appears to be this one.


Peter Thornton, Soane and Furniture, 1985, p. 4.

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