EXPANDING ROUND TABLE BY ROBERT JUPE
This English masterpiece of cabinetmaking and mechanical engineering is a highly important extension dining table designed and patented by the legendary Robert Jupe, and retailed by G. Morant, Interior Decorator and Upholsterer to King William IV and Queen Victoria. One of only a handful known, this mahogany table perfectly illustrates the Regency era’s quest to combine technical innovation with superb and beautiful craftsmanship. The table’s circular top is formed of multiple interconnecting segments. When the top is rotated, an ingenious swivel mechanism causes the sections to diverge, allowing a set of leaves to be inserted to increase the table size. Details: Circa 1835, 61″ diameter x 28 5/8″ high; 83 1/2″ diameter when open.
This early Jupe is part of a small handful known and are among the rarest of all English furniture.
Brilliantly engineered, the mechanism operates so smoothly it can be turned easily with one hand, creating a beautiful expanded dining table. Similar examples are pictured in Nineteenth Century English Furniture by J. Aslin and Regency Furniture by F. Collard.
About Robert Jupe
Robert Jupe an upholsterer at the time, conceived the idea for this “revolving” table early in the 1830s. Not alone in his fascination with combining the technical merits of engineering with the more artful pursuit of cabinet making, the first half of the 19th century saw a prolific increase in the applications of new mechanical designs in furniture, principles which allowed furniture to serve multiple purposes. The resulting “patent” furniture was practical and refined, although none was as novel as Robert Jupe’s ingenious table design.
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