George III period 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 ‘Pembroke’ tables were designed to be versatile: as a small supper table, occasional table, tea table or lamp table, 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 £3000-5000.