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Jupe Tables & Expanding Round Tables

published date: 14 February 2014

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Jupe Tables & Expanding Round Tables

Jupe Tables & Expanding Round Tables

State-of-the-Art Dining for your family and friends

The conundrum of how to create a circular table which expands has been a problem which had fascinated cabinet makers for centuries.

The original Jupe Table was patented 1835 by Johnstone, Jupe & Company as “Jupe’s Improved Expanding Table”. Perhaps it is no coincidence that this is the time England was in the grip of industrialisation. The machine was becoming King, and so it is fitting that mechanics should be nestled at the heart of this incredible jupe table. Although patented two years before the Victorian Era officially began, the tenets of ingenuity and imagination which came to mark out the eminent Victorian Engineers can be read in the workings of the table.

Wonderfully elegant, simple and useful

The beauty of the jupe table is that through relatively complex design, we are given something wonderfully elegant, simple and useful.

Two slightly different jupe tables

Brights of Nettlebed display two slightly different versions of the Jupe table. One is a replica of the original patented jupe table, and the other is a re-imagined version which is part of the Althorp Living History Collection.

The replica original has eight crescent shaped cast brass bars which are attached to the eight wedge shaped parts which make up the table top. When the table is rotated by 90 degrees, the top spins open like a camera shutter, revealing the intricacies of the piece. In a complimenting baize lined leaf cabinet are held eight numbered leafs with painstakingly matched veneers, which fit beautifully into the spaces. With the slightest of turns back, the jupe table locks together and another four to six place settings can have been added to the table – the number is dependent on the size of table, of course.

The Althorp Patent Jupe table works on a slightly different principle. Instead of rotating to ninety degrees, each section of the circular top pulls out on a runner. In a narrow compartment beneath the top are stored the sections. They are hinged in half and fold upwards and outwards, before the jupe table locks back in to place, as before. This is an ideal model for those who do not have space in the dining room for the separate leaf cabinet.

Very few Pavlovsk jupe tables left

We have a very few Pavlovsk jupes tables left, which with their golden Karelian Birch veneer and stainless steel strip accents sit wonderfully in period, Deco and contemporary properties alike.

In recent times, computerised creative and manufacturing techniques have become highly refined, and have allowed for tapestries to be created in an almost photographic manner. This is a development of the Jaquard technique, which was often used to create fine fabrics, the likes of which were used to make exquisite royal costumes for state occasions.

Four to six, six to eight, eight to ten, and ten to twelve or fourteen people

Between the different models of the jupe tables we have available, we can cater for four to six, six to eight, eight to ten, and ten to twelve or fourteen people. The exact number of guests you will fit round the table depends on the width of the dining chairs, and the size required for a setting. We usually recommend seeing the jupe tables on home approval, which is a service we are proud to be able to offer our clients on any piece of furniture in our collection.

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