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Pembroke Table

Place Made:
New Bern North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
mahogany, yellow pine
HOA: 27 5/8; WOA: 37 1/8; DOA: 35 3/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Table with scalloped top over frame with double gates and without a drawer; tapering straight legs with spade feet; pierced brackets; arched and pierced cross stretchers.

WOODS: mahogany with yellow pine inner frame, mahogany gate frame.

CONSTRUCTION: The stretchers on this table are constructed identically to others in the group. The stretchers are slotted together, and the turned boss is composed of five pieces, four of them glued between the stretchers and the fifth comprising an ornamental cap on top. The feet are formed with applied facings that are butt-jointed rather than mitered.

This table represents a group of mahogany tables that all have Pamlico regional provenances and are probably the work of New Bern cabinetmakers. The group includes a sideboard table with canted legs and carved guttae-like feet, a related breakfast table, and three closely related Pembroke tables, two of which are in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of History and this one in the MESDA collection. While this table has no provenance, it is similar to a table from the same shop that descended in the family of John Gray Blount (1752-1833) of Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina.

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton