A George III Mahogany Pembroke Table

Height: 28 3/4" 73cm
Width: 40" 102cm
Depth: 26 1/2" 67cm
Origination: English
Circa: 1780

In the mid to late eighteenth century the pembroke table became one of the most popular pieces of furniture. Hepplewhite described pembroke tables as the most useful tables of their class and certainly this is borne out by the literature of the time.  In Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ the heroine talks about her father taking his meals on one.  Jane Austen also wrote to her sister when some new furniture was delivered to Steventon, that her mother kept all her papers in a pembroke table and further sources mention ladies doing their embroidery at these tables.

This table is a wonderful example demonstrating the way in which mahogany can change colour over time and develop a rich patination. The serpentine shaped top is exceptional and the inlay beautifully executed.

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