Late 18th century satinwood Pembroke table of very good colour. The top cross-banded in satinwood bordered with fine lozenges of ebony stringing. The edges ebonised with narrow mahogany cross-bandings.
The frieze with two working mahogany-lined short drawers retaining the original gilt brass Rococo mounts.
Raised on moulded tapering legs indicative of a date ca. 1770.
The two leaves are supported on the original recessed hinged ‘ear’ supports.
Overall in lovely original state. Some minor historic marks entirely compatible with its age.
29″ W – 35″ W fully extended
These antique Pembroke tables were designed to be versatile: as small supper tables; occasional tables; tea tables; or lamp tables – sometimes also referred to as ‘drop leaf’ or ‘sofa’ tables. The majority of these Pembroke tables are raised on square tapering legs or, when of a later date, on turned legs. It is more unusual for a satinwood Pembroke table to be raised on moulded tapering legs.
Thomas Sheraton (1751-1806) interestingly mentions the Pembroke Table as follows: “a type of breakfast table from the name of the Lady who first gave orders for one of them”, possibly referring to the Countess of Pembroke, of Wilton House, Salisbury (1737-1831).
A similar George III satinwood Pembroke table was sold from a private collection, Trevor Place, Knightsbridge, 26th April 2007, Christies, lot 428 est. £3000-5000.