“The pembroke table…a testament to timeless design and practicality.”

Originating from the late 18th century, the Pembroke table was most likely first commissioned by the 9th Earl of Pembroke, Henry Herbert (1693-1751) for its versatility and adaptability across an interior, and has endured as a piece of furniture throughout the centuries.

pembrokeAs is often the case in the antique world, there is no definitive record of origin but it is commonly believed that Herbert first commissioned the Pembroke table, a form that is meant for occasional use with two drawers and flaps on either side that can be raised by brackets on hinges to increase the size.  With its distinctive drop leaves, slender legs, and elegant silhouette, the Pembroke table is designed to seamlessly blend functionality with sophistication.  The versatility of the table’s form made it a highly popular item in the 18th century home as it could be used for writing, dining, serving tea, or at bedsides.  When not in use, the tables could be discreetly tucked away.

Crafted from fine woods like mahogany or satinwood, and often adorned with delicate inlay work or decorative motifs, the Pembroke table is one of classic charm.

In contemporary homes, the Pembroke table continues to shine as a versatile and practical piece of furniture.  Its adaptable design makes it well-suited for modern living, where space can be limited.  In a small dining area or studio apartment, the drop leaves can be raised to accommodate guests for dinner parties, then folded down to save space when not in use.

Beyond its traditional roles, the Pembroke table can also be repurposed in creative ways to suit modern lifestyles.  It can serve as a stylish workstation in a home office, a compact console table in a hallway, or even a smart bedside table in a bedroom.

Whether used for dining, working, or decorating, the Pembroke table remains a timeless addition to any contemporary home, marrying elegance with practicality in perfect harmony.

The table shown below is one from our collection and is an excellent example of a Pembroke table.

A rare, fine quality late 19th century English pembroke table. The satinwood top with an oval flame mahogany panel flanked by a pair of serpentine falls supported on square tapering legs. The frieze houses an oak lined bow shaped drawer. Circa 1890.

To see the table in more detail please click here.