Pembroke table

about 1785–1790
Attributed to John Townsend (American, 1733–1809)

Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 66


71.8 x 93.3 x 85.1 cm (28 1/4 x 36 3/4 x 33 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, yellow-poplar, chestnut

Not On View




Tables, stands, screens

The stop-fluted legs, openwork knee brackets, and cross stretchers between the legs of this table are characteristic of related Pembroke tables attributed to John Townsend. Although British furniture designer Thomas Sheraton noted that Pembroke tables were “for a gentleman or lady to breakfast on,” such objects–fitted with a drawer and with drop leaves supported by brackets–were used on any occasion for which a small table was required: playing cards, writing letters, or drinking tea (for which the Chinese-style fretwork on the stretchers lends an appropriate air).


Robert Powel of Newport, Rhode Island; purchased in 1937 for The M. & M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts