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Pembroke table

Pembroke table, ca. 1800

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Definition: a small, light table, possessing two hinged leaves, which can be raised to increase the size, and a drawer at either end; the sides and table itself can be of various shapes, but a rectangular table with rounded or scalloped sides is the most familiar; legs are usually slender, sometimes connected with an X-stretcher; dating from mid-18th century England (and possibly named for the Earl or Countess of Pembroke), typical of the portable pieces popular at the time, and characteristic of Georgian, Neoclassical and Federal styles, including those of Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite (who called it "the most useful of this species…the long square and oval are the most fashionable" shapes).

Also Known As: drop-leaf table (generic)

Example: Amanda loved to use her Pembroke table for breakfast in bed - much as British aristocrats did back in the 1700s.

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