A very similar harewood and yewwood marquetry Pembroke table attributed to Mayhew and Ince with entwined pearl strings, yewwood oval panels and, as with the present table, a blue paper-lined drawer formerly fitted with a slide, was sold, Christie's, London, April 23, 2009, lot 186 (£12,500); an identical pair to this was sold, Christie's, New York, April 25, 2008, lot 68 ($51,000). As discussed in Gilbert and Beard, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1986, the firm's use of yewwood was the 'only wholly idiosyncratic veneer wood the firm used and possibly unique to Mayhew and Ince among London cabinet-makers of this date', p. 593. Additionally, 'moulded borders of commodes, tables and chests, especially when free of ormolu mounts, were often strengthened by ebonizing, a highly unusual device perhaps unique to the firm.'; op. cit.
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