The Master's chair on high table is used either by the Master himself, or the senior Fellow dining. Below is an extract from Pembroke College Cambridge A Celebration, telling the history and background of the chair.
The Master’s Chair, black bean veneer over bent beech plywood, the coat of arms in Bombay rosewood and with morocco upholstery. Designed and carved by David Pye and made and upholstered by R. Lenthall at the Royal College of Art.
Presented in 1954 by F.C. and J.C. Pritchard (Pembroke, 1920; died 1992) in memory of their father and of F.C. Pritchard’s son. The chair is important as the first example of the mid-twentieth-century style in official Cambridge furnishings.