Harlequin pembroke table - ROM2007_9271_1

ROM2007_9271_1

Harlequin pembroke table

Maker: Unknown maker, in the style of Thomas Sheraton (English, 1751-1806)
Medium:Satinwood, with veneers of mahogany and boxwood; mahogany, oak, and walnut carcase; iron mechanism with brass casters and silk ribbon pulls
Geography: Probably London, England
Date: c. 1790-1800
Period: Neoclassical
Dimensions:
72 x 76.5 cm
Object number: 972.115.10.A
On view
Gallery Location:Samuel European Galleries
DescriptionThis table was used in a lady's boudoir as a work-table, for writing and embroidery, or as a breakfast table. The Harlequin type of Pembroke table had drawers concealed in its top, which could be moved into place with a lever.

The drawers in this piece of luxury furniture reflect the skill of the cabinet-maker, and the income of the purchaser. They are mahogany, with dovetailed corners; normally, drawers were made of cheaper woods. The bottom drawer is equipped with a pair of lead-foil lined tea canisters that can be removed for use at tea-time.
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