Antique 7ft diameter Flame Mahogany Jupe Dining Table 20th C & 10 chairs

GBP 15,900.00

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Object Description

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 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.

The set of ten Regency style dining chairs were masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany that has a wonderful faded patina, and the finish and attention to detail on display are breathtaking. These lovely chairs have been decorated with fabulous satinwood crossbanding accented with boxwood and ebony line inlay and have elegant reeded tapering front legs with sabre back legs.
They have drop in seats that have been reupholstered with a rich burgundy and gold fabric. The seat cushions can be removed if required in order to reveal the cane seats beneath which provide cooler and more comfortable dining in the warmer months.

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.

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 93 x Width 48 x Depth 46 – 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 36.6 x Width 18.9 x Depth 18.1 – 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.

Flame Mahogany
Thomas Sheraton – 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as “best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed.” Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called “flame mahogany.”

The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.

Our reference: 09993b

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:214 x H:77 x D:214 centimeters
  • period
  • year
    circa 1910

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