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Collections > Furniture > Pembroke table
The term 'Pembroke table' describes tables with two flaps which can be opened out to extend the size of the table. The flaps are supported on hinged brackets found underneath. Such work tables were sometimes called 'harlequin' tables because one of the centre panels can rise mechanically, like in the 'Commedia del'Arte', the forerunner of pantomime, who leapt up to surprise the audience. This particular example is made of oak, and is decorated with marquetry of several woods in the neo-classical style.
Purchased with the assistance of the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
Size: Height: 72 cm; Depth: 67 cm; Width: 84 cm.
Object Type: worktable
Period: George III
Actual Date: c. 1795
Century: 18th century
Materials: Harewood, Pine, Beech wood, Burr walnut, Ebony, Laburnum, Oak, Brass
Museum Accession Number: FW.63