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Antique Metamorphic Mahogany Jupe Dining Table & 12 Chairs 19th C

Antique  Metamorphic Mahogany Jupe Dining Table & 12 Chairs 19th C | Ref. no. A1714a | Regent Antiques Reserved
Ref: A1714a
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This is a beautiful dining set comprising a flame mahogany expanding dining table in the manner of Johnson, Jupe & Co, dating...

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This is a beautiful dining set comprising a flame mahogany expanding dining table in the manner of Johnson, Jupe & Co, dating from the 19th century, and a matching set of twelve swag back  dining chairs, dating from the 20th C.

The rare large antique Victorian metamorphic flame mahogany circular extending dining table comes with two sets of leaves and is  in the manner of Johnstone, Jupe and Jeanes,  dating from Circa 1870.

The circular top is quartered and extends by a windout mechanism to accommodate four large rectangular leaves or four segmented leaves.

This means that the table can either be extended to form a circular dining table, approx 6ft in diameter, or amazingly it can also extend to become a rectangular dining table approx 12 ft in length.

The table is raised on five square tapering legs terminating in spade feet with the original recessed castors.

The table can seat four when the table is circular without leaves,  six to eight when extended in circular form and twelve comfortably when extended in rectangular form.

 
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.
 
There is no mistaking the fine craftsmanship of this handsome table, which is certain to become a treasured addition to your furniture collection, and a talking point with guests at meal times.

The delightful Vintage set of twelve swag back dining chairs date from the second half  of the 20th Century and compliment the table beautifully..

Masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany throughout, the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.

Comprising ten chairs and two armchairs, all featurimg an attractive swag back design with 'drop in' seats that have been  reupholstered in the finest claret damask.

This dining set will astound your guests and become an integral part of your furniture.

 
 
Condition:

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 138 x Depth 138 - When circular

Height 77 x Width 187 x Depth 187 - Circular with leaves

Height 77 x Width 368 x Depth 138 - Rectangular With All Leaves

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 4 foot, 6 inches x Depth 4 foot, 6 inches - When circular

Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 6 foot, 2 inches x Depth 6 foot, 2 inches - Circular with leaves

Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 12 feet, 1 inch x Depth 4 foot, 6 inches - Rectangular With All Leaves

Our reference: A1714a

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.


Winding Mechanism for extending tables
A man by the name of Samuel Hawkins applied for a patent on a screw expander on June 6th, 1861. Presumably, Mr. Hawkins either died or retired because his business was taken over by a young machinist named Joseph Fitter  in 1864.
Joseph Fitter operated a machinist shop where he produced winding mechanisms for extending tables as well as screw expanders for piano stools and other applications at 210 Cheapside, Birmingham England by the name of Britannia Works.
 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77 x Width 138 x Depth 138 - When circular

Height 77 x Width 187 x Depth 187 - Circular with leaves

Height 77 x Width 368 x Depth 138 - Rectangular With All Leaves

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 4 foot, 6 inches x Depth 4 foot, 6 inches - When circular

Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 6 foot, 2 inches x Depth 6 foot, 2 inches - Circular with leaves

Height 2 foot, 6 inches x Width 12 feet, 1 inch x Depth 4 foot, 6 inches - Rectangular With All Leaves

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