Pembroke Tables - Originally The Brain-Child of the 9th Earl of Pembroke

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The Pembroke table is a beautiful example of classic antique furniture.

Pembroke Tables

First appearing in the U.K and U.S in the late 18th century, it is thought to have been the brain-child of the 9th Earle of Pembroke. From its inception during the early half of the century, the Pembroke table grew in popularity until it became the must-have piece of furniture in most upper-class homes of the time.


Pembroke tables come in many different designs, however, there are several characteristics that make them instantly recognisable. The classic Pembroke table features, a lightweight wooden construction, supported by four squared or turned legs, two drop-leaves [one on each length of the table] and either two small or one long draw. The drop-leaves are hinged, allowing them to be supported by extendable arms or a ‘lyre-shaped’ support, to expand the size or the table when required.

Hand painted Pembroke Table in mahogany

The Pembroke table’s different incarnations depended on its intended primary use, the fashion of the time and the owner’s personal tastes. Some Pembroke tables came with casters to allow them to be easily re-positioned, others have chessboards or intricate designs inlayed into the table-top. The more sophisticated the craftsmanship that went into making the table, the greater the desirability of the piece.

The main use of the Pembroke table was as an occasional table that could be easily stored out of the way when not required and extended when the need arose. It can be used as a writing desk, for serving tea or drinks, as an end table alongside a sofa, a bedside table, dining table and, in modern times, it makes an excellent work-space and desk for a laptop.

A classic piece of antique furniture the Pembroke table may be but, as well as being an attractive addition to any room, it still has it’s uses in modern-day living. Please get in touch if you would like to view any of these pieces of furniture which are available to view in our Canonbury Antiques Hertfordshire showroom which is just 25 minutes north of London. 


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