Pembroke Table

A work made of mahogany, white pine, brass, and iron.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

c. 1790

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Philadelphia

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

American Art, Gallery 168

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Pembroke Table

Origin

United States

Date

1785–1795

Medium

Mahogany, white pine, brass, and iron

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society, and Jamee J. and Marshall Field; Vance American Arts Fund

Reference Number

2011.268

Extended information about this artwork

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