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Pembroke Table

Description

Pembroke table. Mahogany; birch side and swing rails; white pine and other secondary wood. Square top with two rectangular flanking leaves. Each leaf supported by two swing rails hinged to side rails. Top and leaves composed of a single board. Diamond-shaped shelf consists of two lapped boards held at lap with two original round-headed screws. Rests on four fixed Marlborough legs.

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Label
In his celebrated 1754 publication The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director, English furniture designer and cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale listed small tables with folding leaves such as this one, made by George Bright for Jonathan Bowman in 1770, as “Breakfast” tables. Despite the name, given the multipurpose nature of furniture and rooms in eighteenth-century New England, Bowman and his contemporaries used this type of table to read and write at as well as to enjoy breakfast. In inventories of the 1770s, the terms “Pembroke” and “breakfast” appeared interchangeably to describe these types of tables. Like drop leaf tables, Pembroke tables contained two leaves which, when opened, provided additional tabletop space. <br/>
Maker
Bright, George, 1726-1805
Date
1770
Associated Building
Original To Bowman-Carney House (Dresden, Me.).
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
Table
tables (support furniture)
Dimensions
28 x 30 3/16 x 38 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1980.77
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Florence L. Bixby
GUSN
272162

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