This is a beautiful, high-style Pembroke Table, made during the Georgian era in the Chippendale taste. Your eye can plainly see the hand-dressed surfaces, the dovetailed drawer, and the lustrous French polished top leaves. The X-stretcher retains its original, underside wrought iron support. This is one of those few pieces whose story actually appears to have some truth to it. The story is later recorded in George Sheraton’s book, Cabinet Dictionary, published in London in 1803, which states that it is a “type of breakfast table, from the name of the lady (Elizabeth) who first gave orders for one of them.” Lady Elizabeth Pembroke used her diminutive dining table in her private chamber, mostly for meals, but even for games and as a writing table. While it is English, many of these tables were exported to the South and used in Southern plantation homes. As noted, the present French polished surface is lustrous and recently rejuvenated by one of only a few such trained restorers, Tom Williamson of Albemarle Furniture Services, and the expectable probability is that this surface is good for another 25-50 years, the usual life of shellac.
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