The Pembroke table is a small, simple table with drop leaves and usually with a drawer. The table probably had its origins in pure practicality. It was easily moved, could be used to hold a tea tray, a bedside lamp or candle, or a lady's mirror and jewel case. As time went on, the noted cabinetmakers of the eighteenth century enhanced this simple style with exotic woods, carving and inlays for their aristocratic clients, while local carpenters continued to make plainer versions from easily available wood such as pine or oak.
It is thought that the Pembroke table acquired its name when Thomas Chippendale made a table of this design for Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, but many famous cabinetmakers including Thomas Sheraton, George Hepplewhite, and America's John Townsend have made their own versions. Like a navy blazer, a fine watch, or a Shaker cabinet, the Pembroke table is an admirable blend of beauty and function, and will grace every home from a cottage to a castle.
This particular Pembroke table hand crafted from Claro walnut. The table measures 18 inches wide, by 24 inches long, by 26 inches high with the leaves folded. When the leaves are both extended, the width becomes 36 inches. The device that supports the extended leaves is a cleverly designed faux apron and finger joint hinge that is concealed in a pocket that is attached to the actual support apron for the table top. The faux apron swings out like a gate to support the leaf. When the leaves are lowered, the gate swings back and is tucked inconspicuously into place next to support apron.
Dimensions: 35 inches wide (With leaves extended) by 24 inches deep by 26 inches tall