Mahogany Pembroke Table

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edges to the top and frieze and delicate turning and fluting of the legs. Fig. 314 has a drawer fitted with a writing slope lined with green cloth in a small satinwood lipping. A smaller drawer is contrived in the right-hand side of the larger, fitted with two ink-bottles, a wafer-slope, and a pen-well. The table is veneered with figured mahogany, inlaid with broad lines of holly and banded with cross-cut rosewood. The pouch, of green silk with a tasselled and knotted fringe below, is pleated on an open framework attached to a tongued slide running in grooves beneath the writing drawer. Fig. 315 is another example, with hinged llaps to the top supported on swing brackets. The turning and straight and spiral reeding of the legs is of a very unusual pattern.

A very perfect specimen of these small " pouch " tables is illustrated in the next example, Fig. 316, where the drawer with its writing slope and pull-out pen-and-ink drawer is clearly shown. The top is inlaid with a marqueterie of rosewood and ebony, and although this table is late in character, it is surprisingly dainty for the period when the style of Sheraton was beginning to be overpowered by that of the English Empire. Fig. 317 is solely a work table, the top being fitted with a lift-out tray, divided by paititions into four compartments. The pouch, with its frame, pulls cut sideways, the pleated silk on the front being stretched on a separate frame attached to the legs. The top is inlaid with lines of ebony, with a centre and broad border of black lacquer—a most unusual combination.

A table with a loose book-rack, as in Fig. 319, was known as a " sheveret " or " cheveret " at this date, the precise etymology of which is somewhat obscure. This table is of West India satinwood, with the drawer rails and bandings of cross-cut rosewood veneer. All the drawers have sides of pencil

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