Antique Walnut Jupe Action Dining Table By Gillows 19th Century & 8 Chairs

Antique Walnut Jupe Action Dining Table By Gillows 19th Century & 8 Chairs


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This is a important and rare Queen Anne revival walnut jupe action dining table by Gillows,  late 19th Century in date with eight superb  dining chairs.

The amazing table features a shaped circular crossbanded top with a moulded edge,  the six triangular segments rotating and expanding to accomodate two sizes of leaves. This means that the table can be set to three different sizes as required to suit the occasion.

The shaped top and frieze is raised on shell-carved cabriole legs terminating in pad feet.

The table is stamped  GILLOWS twice and bears the serial no. 96643.

The two sizes of white metal capped set of six large leaf inserts, and six small leaf inserts come complete with a leaf carrier chest .

The table seats four with all leaves removed, six with the small inserts and eight with the large inserts.

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  beautiful English-made set of eight Regency style dining chairs  are contemporary in date and have been masterfully hand crafted in beautiful solid flame mahogany throughout. The finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.

The set comprises eight side chairs,all of which feature an attractive bar back design with hand carved decoration and 'drop in' seats that are upholstered in the finest  olive green suede effect fabric.


Bishton Hall,

Country House sitting in 25 acres of beautiful gardens in the centre of rustic Staffordshire and home of the Northcote family.


There is no mistaking the fine craftsmanship of this handsome  dining set, 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, polished and waxed and the chairs polished and reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 77.5 x Width 186 x Depth 186 - With large leaves added

Height 77.5 x Width 161 x Depth 161 - With small leaves added

Height 77.5 x Width 137 x Depth 137 - Closed

Height 86 x Width 48 x Depth 43 - Chairs

Height 46 - Seat height

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 6 feet, 1 inch x Depth 6 feet, 1 inch - With large leaves added

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 3 inches x Depth 5 feet, 3 inches - With small leaves added

Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 4 feet, 6 inches x Depth 4 feet, 6 inches - Closed

Height 2 feet, 10 inches x Width 1 foot, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 5 inches - Chairs

Height 1 foot, 6 inches - Seat height

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.


W186.0 x H77.5 x D186.0 cm



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