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Pembroke Table

A work made of mahogany, white pine, brass, and iron.
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  • A work made of mahogany, white pine, brass, and iron.


c. 1790


Artist unknown (American, 18th century)

About this artwork

Named for the woman who first commissioned a table of this type in England around the mid-18th century, the Pembroke table was a popular form in American furniture from the late 18th century through 1840. While such tables were primarily used for breakfast dining, as a small, practical table, it could have been utilized for other activities as well, including gaming, reading, and writing. Four fixed legs, two drop leaves, and swing rails (to support the hinged leaves when open) generally characterize Pembroke tables. This fine early example was likely made in Philadelphia and is distinctive for its lively, flat arched stretchers, which echo the curves of the serpentine-shaped drop leaves.


On View, Gallery 168


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Pembroke Table


Philadelphia (Object made in)

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c. 1790


Mahogany, white pine, brass, and iron


71.8 × 76.2 × 55.2 cm (28 1/4 × 30 × 22 1/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society and Jamee J. and Marshall Field; Vance American Arts Fund

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