A Perfect Idea from the Earl of Pembroke: A Brief History of the Pembroke Table

The form of the Pembroke table with its smaller proportions and distinctive drop-leaves likely originates with the 9th Earl of Pembroke, Henry Herbert (1693-1751). Herbert studied at Oxford before going on the grand tour in 1712, where he spent time in Naples, Venice, and Rome, where he met William Kent.  When he returned to England … Continue reading A Perfect Idea from the Earl of Pembroke: A Brief History of the Pembroke Table

Unearthing an Etruscan Mystery: A Penwork Pembroke Table Attributed to Henry Clay

Today's post focuses on the above Pembroke table, which is a highly unusual and rare survival of a specific type of furniture made in England in the late eighteenth century. Goethe, a poet and philosopher, once wrote, 'Naples is a paradise' (Italian Journey, 1787).  During the second half of the eighteenth century, when Goethe was … Continue reading Unearthing an Etruscan Mystery: A Penwork Pembroke Table Attributed to Henry Clay