This is a beautiful dining set comprising a flame mahogany expanding dining table in the manner of Johnson, Jupe & Co, dating from the early 20th century, and a matching set of ten antique balloon back dining chairs.
The hexadecagon round top features a brass capstan action rotating eight triangular segments to accommodate eight additional leaves over a stunning substantial central pillar with four outset turned columns, raised on an incurved decorative platform with brass capped block feet that gives this table it’s superb stability.
The flame mahogany veneers on the top have been arranged so as to give a striking sunburst effect and it is finished off by the elegant kingwood ebony and satinwood crossbanding on the outside edge.
The table can seat ten comfortably when extended and six to eight when the top is retracted.
It comes complete with a freestanding, lockable, lancet topped baize lined leaf cabinet with twin brass carrying handles to store the leaves when they are not required.
This fascinating table illustrates all the very best elements of English cabinet-making combined with the remarkable burst of inventiveness of the Industrial Revolution. It was not until John Johnstone and Robert Jupe patented their ingenious design in March 1835 for an expanding round table,that round dining tables, which had suffered from the problem of not offering flexibility of seating, could compete with the established rectangular extending dining tables.
The superb set of ten Victorian mahogany balloon back dining chairs are Circa 1850 in date and compliment the table beautifully.
These chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany throughout and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.
The overstuffed seats have been reupholstered in a sumptuous claret damask fabric and they are raised on turned and reeded legs.
It is rare to find such a large, fabulous and comfortable set of chairs and they will enhance your dining table beautifully.
Country House sitting in 25 acres of beautiful gardens in the centre of rustic Staffordshire and home of the Northcote family.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned, polished and waxed and the chairs reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 77 x Width 156 x Depth 156 – With leaves removed
Height 77 x Width 214 x Depth 214 – Fully extended
Height 116 x Width 40 x Depth 33 – Leave Stand
Height 89 x Width 50 x Depth 45 – Chairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.3 x Width 61.4 x Depth 61.4 – With leaves removed
Height 30.3 x Width 84.3 x Depth 84.3 – Fully extended
Height 45.7 x Width 15.7 x Depth 13.0 – Leave Stand
Height 35.0 x Width 19.7 x Depth 17.7 – Chairs
In 1835 Robert Jupe was granted British Patent No. 6788 for an expanding table. The original Jupe expanding table includes a table top that is divided into a number of sections. Each section is connected to an underlying frame structure, such that when the table top is rotated, the sections move radially outward, increasing the effective size of the table top. Once the table top has been rotated to move the table top sections outward, leaves are inserted between the sections, so as to fill in the spaces created by the outward movement of the sections. Because the table top sections diverge and move radially outward from a central point, the Jupe table top retains its shape in its expanded configuration.
The Jupe table has now become one of the most valuable and sought after antiques. Original Jupe tables in good condition may sell for up to $350,000 at the time of writing. However, despite its popularity, the Jupe table has been very difficult to mass produce, because its workings are both extremely complex and entirely handcrafted.
For example, the frame structure that supports the table top sections in the Jupe table is comprised of many individual beam structures that are secured together to form the frame. Each of those beams must be individually made and assembled to exacting tolerances in order to ensure that the table top sections will move freely and mate in the center of the table top to form a substantially contiguous table surface in both the contracted and expanded configurations. The manufacture of such a structure is time-consuming and is not conducive to rapid production.
Other aspects of the Jupe table design also make the design difficult to implement. For example, in at least some of the existing examples of functioning Jupe tables, the pivot for the table top is a threaded rod that runs the entire length of the table pedestal. That is an extremely difficult and time-consuming configuration to replicate.
Our reference: 09993a