Vintage 6ft Diam Mahogany Jupe Dining Table & Leaf Cabinet. Mid 20th C

Vintage 6ft Diam Mahogany Jupe Dining Table & Leaf Cabinet. Mid 20th C


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This is a beautiful Regency Revival Jupe style flame mahogany dining table, dating from the mid 20th Century.

The table has a solid mahogany top with a reeded edgethat has five additional outer extension leaves that can be added around the circumference. It is raised on a cumberland design stretcher base with quadruped splayed legs, terminating in brass cappings and castors

You pull out some slides, see photos, from the sides of the table and fit the leaves on them by sliding them onto the leaves and securing them with brass clips, which are located underneath.

With the leaves attached around the circumference, it is 184cm in diameter and it can seat eight people in comfort, with the leaves removed it is 128 cm in diameter and it can then seat six people.

It has an attractive matching mahogany green baize lined cabinet in which the leaves and clips are housed when not in use.

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.


In excellent condition the table having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 72 x Width 184 x Depth 184 - Extended

Height 72 x Width 128 x Depth 128 - With leaves removed

Height 121 x Width 40 x Depth 48 - Leaf Holder

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 6 feet, 0 inches x Depth 6 feet, 0 inches - Extended

Height 2 feet, 4 inches x Width 4 feet, 2 inches x Depth 4 feet, 2 inches - With leaves removed

Height 4 feet x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 1 foot, 7 inches - Leaf Holde

Jupe Dining Table

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.


W184.0 x H72.0 x D184.0 cm



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