Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pembroke table

Date:
1795–1805
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, satinwood, holly, ebony with maple, white pine, yellow poplar
Dimensions:
28 x 38 1/4 x 32 in. (71.1 x 97.2 x 81.3 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of the Members of the Committee of the Bertha King Benkard Memorial Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.67.109a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 725
This small table features two drop leaves and a drawer. It was ideal for small, informal meals or for taking tea. In his “Cabinet Dictionary” (London, 1803), Thomas Sheraton describes a Pembroke table as “a kind of breakfast table, from the name of the lady who first gave orders for one of them, and who probably gave the first idea of such a table to the workmen.”
Mrs. Harry Horton (Bertha King) Benkard, Oyster Bay, New York, until died 1945; [Members of the Committee of the Bertha King Benkard Memorial Fund, Wilmington, Delaware, 1945–1946]
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