n March, 1835, Robert Jupe patented his design for “an improved expanding table so constructed that the sections composing its surface may be caused to diverge from a common center and that the spaces caused thereby may be filled up by inserting leaves or filling pieces.” One of the most novel dining tables that evolved during the early part of the 19th century, an example of this ingenious table may extend from a smaller diameter of 66” to a much larger 92”. When the top is turned, a capstan mechanism allows the sections to diverge from the common center. Once fully opened, each of the eight leaves can be inserted, creating a beautiful expanded dining table for seating eight.
Early Jupe pieces are among the rarest of all furniture. Similar examples are pictured in Nineteenth Century English Furniture by J. Aslin and Regency Furniture by F. Collard.
Robert Jupe, at the time an upholsterer, conceived the idea for this "revolving" table early in the 1830s. He was not alone in his fascination with combining the technical merits of engineering and mechanics with the more artful pursuit of cabinet making. The first half of the 19th century saw a prolific increase in the popularity of applying new ideas to furniture, principles which allowed furniture to serve many purposes. The resulting "patent" furniture was practical and refined, although none so much as this remarkable and quite stunning table, which is equally suited for intimate gatherings or large, formal dinners. Though Jupe's incredible table was well received, his company Johnstone, Jupe & Co., produced them for only 5 years (1835-1840).
© Design copyright Robert Jupe estate, and respective licensed manufacture's.