The elegant Pembroke Table was very small, lightweight, and easily moved from one area to another. It could be used as a tea table, bedside candle table, lamp table or for any of the various accessories needed at morning rising and evening retiring. This table was made in great quantities by local carpenters and in various woods, from pine to exotics, and with carvings and inlays. A drawer was most always included. Some of the drawer fronts were plain, some would be in an exotic type of wood to contrast the table proper and bring attention to the drawer. Some drawers had mortised locks and decorative brass pulls. In most of the production tables, they were without embellishments.
From whence came the name of this table? It is rumored that the countess of Pembroke first commissioned this design to Thomas Chippendale, and after it was accepted and published, it was copied, seemingly, by one and all from here to Timbuktu, including Hepplewhite.
The table shown here was an inexpensive rendition of the original table type. This table was constructed making use of poplar wood which was stained with walnut and given a wiped varnish finish. Note that the drawer front is in Tiger Stripe Maple with Walnut Cock Beading and small, Box Joints, rather then dovetails joining the drawer sides to the drawer front, a modern move from tridition. The legs are fluted for their entire length interrupted only by the pad feet and beaded molding that surrounds the entire table on the apron bottoms . Table size is 26-1/4" high by 24", front to rear and is 18-1/8" wide with leaves folded. When the leaves are opened, the table width is 36-1/4". All construction is in the best tradition using Mortise and Tenon joins. The hinges on the table leaves are inletted and hidden.
Leaf supports are a swing out, hidden, section of the side aprons.
This basic table, if you desire to incorporate different wishes into the leaf design, can also be constructed from your sketches, drawings or photo in any type of desired wood.
Dimensions: 26-1/4" high by 24", front to rear and is 18-1/8" wide with leaves folded. When the leaves are opened, the table width is 36-1/4".