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18th Century Pembroke Table

18th Century Pembroke Table


circa 1785

The well figured satinwood breakfront top with painted decorated borders sits above a full length single drawer that retains its original gilt brass ring pulled handles and decorated oval pattera. The pembroke table stands on fine tapered legs with 'harebell' decorations that terminate on brass capped castors.




The pembroke table reflects the sophistication in painted decoration commonly linked with the firm of Seddon, Son & Shackleton. George Seddon took his son-in-law Thomas Shackleton into the business around 1790 and they traded as Seddon, Son and Shackleton from 150 Aldersgate Street, at one point employing over four hundred men. The firm traded under different names, reflecting which family members were involved in the business; they were styled Seddon, Son and Shackleton for only eight years, from 1790 until Thomas Shackleton (George Seddon's son-in-law) left to go into partnership with George Oakley in 1798. The firm’s painted furniture is particularly well known from two surviving documented commissions, Hauteville House, St Peter Port, Guernsey (1790) and Bridwell House, Dorset (1792-3). The Hauteville commission included a set of eighteen painted satinwood elbow chairs with three matching window seats (see 'A Catalogue and Index of old Furniture and Works of Decorative Art, Pt III', M. Harris and Sons, p.386-9) and the Bridwell commission, a satinwood card table and pair of pembroke tables, see C.Gilbert and G.Beard The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds 1986, pp.796-7. Christopher Gilbert discusses Seddon, Son & Shackleton in his article for Furniture History, London, 1997, pp.1-29.


Height 74cm (29.13 inches)

Width 98cm (38.58 inches)

Depth 89cm (35.04 inches)

Stock No: 10624


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