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Pembroke Table

Date: 1800-1810
Medium: Mahogany, probably maple, brass
Dimensions:
Overall: 28 7/8 x 19 3/8 x 29 7/8in. (73.3 x 49.2 x 75.9cm)
Overall (in open position): 28 7/8 x 31 7/8 x 29 7/8in. (73.3 x 81 x 75.9cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Francis M. Metcalf
Object number: 66.98
Label Text
One of the decorative techniques that distinguishes neo-classical furniture is inlay, patterned and pictorial. Patterned inlays - the bands, for example, along the edge of the top of the card table - are created from small pieces of exotic woods. Specialists often made this type of inlay for numerous cabinetmakers. Some pictorial inlays, such as the distinct urn resting on a plinth that is featured at the tops of the legs on the Pembroke table, were made within cabinetmakers' shops rather than by individual specialists. Consequently, pictorial inlays can sometimes be used as aids to determine the maker of an object.

The Pembroke table - a new form of furniture that emerged during the Federal period-was often used for serving breakfast, but the small size, folding leaves, and single drawer fostered other uses.