Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table
Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table
Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table
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Johnstone, Jupe & Co. Patent Expanding Table

  • This early Jupe patent expanding table is one of only a handful known
  • The mahogany table was retailed by Johnstone, Jupe & Co.
  • Early Jupe tables are among the rarest of all furniture
  • When expanded, this round table can nearly double its seating space
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Extremely rare and important, this English mahogany circular extension dining table was designed and patented by Robert Jupe and retailed by the company he co-founded, Johnstone, Jupe & Co. One of only a handful known, this table illustrates perfectly the Regency era's quest to combine technical innovation with superb and beautiful craftsmanship.

In March 1835, Robert Jupe patented his design for “an improved expanding table so constructed that the sections composing its surface may be caused to diverge from a common center and that the spaces caused thereby may be filled up by inserting leaves or filling pieces.” One of the most novel dining tables that evolved during the early part of the 19th century, this ingenious table extends from a smaller diameter of 54 1/2 inches to a larger 72 1/4-inch diameter. When the top is turned, a capstan mechanism allows the sections to diverge from the common center. Once fully opened, each of the accompanying original leaves can be inserted, creating a beautiful expanded dining table for seating 10 to 12 guests.

Robert Jupe, at the time an upholsterer, conceived the idea for this "revolving" table early in the 1830s. He was not alone in his fascination with combining the technical merits of engineering and mechanics with the more artful pursuit of cabinet making. The first half of the 19th century saw a prolific increase in the popularity of applying new ideas to furniture, principles which allowed furniture to serve many purposes. The resulting "patent" furniture was practical and refined, although none so much as this remarkable and quite stunning table, which is equally suited for intimate gatherings or large, formal dinners.

The first of these fascinating tables were created between 1835 and 1840 during his partnership with John Johnstone and their firm of Johnstone, Jupe & Co. in London. The tables created during this early era bear the firm's mark, as seen in the present table. Jupe left the company in 1840 to open an independent firm to craft his creation, and the extending tables he made from that point on feature only his name. Early Jupe tables are among the rarest of all furniture. While many of the existing tables have fallen into disrepair, this example is in absolute mint condition. The mechanism operates smoothly and the finished mahogany retains a deep, rich luster.

Circa 1835

54 1/2” diameter x 28 1/2” high
Fully extended: 72 1/4” diameter
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Maker: Jupe, Robert
Period: 19th Century
Origin:England
Style:Regency
Type:Dining Tables
Diameter:54 1/2;72 1/4 (open) Inches
Height:28 1/2 Inches
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