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Pembroke table, English, unknown maker, late eighteenth century, mahogany, cedar, ivory and brass

Height: 72 cm
Width: 85cm
Width (leaf): 27.5cm
Depth: 54 cm

Museum number: XF46

Curatorial note

With two drawers, supported on two standards with vertical feet of cylindrical form attached to curved legs reeded on the upper sides and sweeping up to the vertical and linked by a turned stretcher of double baluster form; double reed moulding round the drawers and at the bottom of the frieze; the drawers flanked by rectangular panels bordered by double reed moulding; the drawers have replacement turned wooden handles and replacement locks stamped with GR PATENT and a crown; ivory discs lettered N and O are inset below the keyholes; the keyholes have inlaid borders in a dark wood; the drawer fronts are mahogany, the sides, backs and bases are cedar.

This piece is likely to be either the ‘Mahogany Pembroke table’ or the ‘small’ Pembroke table listed in the Furniture and Fittings inventory as being in the North Drawing Room, although it is unusual for the inventory not to mention the lettered drawers (perhaps the ivory labels are later additions). The 1837 inventory lists only one other unidentified such table, a ‘Mahogany Pembroke Table with 2 flaps and drawer’ in one of the Attics, which cannot be this one since it has two drawers rather than one.

The only view to show either of the two Pembroke tables listed in the North Drawing Room in 1837 (Vol. 82, 28) which seems to show a small one in front of the sofa in the foreground.


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