Early Victorian Mahogany Expanding Dining Table By Johnstone & Jeanes
Expandable in two forms, either as a superelliptic table with each quadrant numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and pulling out to form a larger table by the addition of segmental leaves with corresponding numbers, or split at its original diameter and extended telescopically to form a long rectangular table with D-ends, although lacking leaves for this configuration. The solid mahogany top on four corners and one central turned baluster, with carved lotus leaf and berry decoration with lobed bun feet and concealed castors, the central block stamped ‘Johnstone and Jeanes / 67 New Bond St. / London / 48769’, with eight lacquered-brass clips stamped ‘Collinson and Cope’ with internal rail to accommodate clips.
This remarkable table is in good conserved condition and ready for use. Originally it would have additional leaves to facilitate lengthening which should be easy to re-create with new leaves. The sophisticated telescopic mechanism is stiff to one side – although easily remedied – but means total dimensions of table extended length ways are not currently available. Re-polished and generally with minor old marks and scratches consistent with age and use including a Z form scratch on leaf IIII, two small indents leaf II. Pet damage to collar above gadrooned foot to centre. Superb quality with potential to restore to full length way extension capability.
This table is a development on a design by Robert Jupe in 1835 who patented a “An improved expanding table” which he originally produced in association with London cabinet maker John Johnstone of New Bond Street. After 1842, the firm became Johnstone and Jeanes and went on to achieve international fame, exhibiting a ‘circular table…made on the expanding principle’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
English, circa 1850
DimensionsMax Length (Superelliptic Version): 2200mm / 86"
Max Width: 2030mm / 79¾"
Min Diameter (Circular Version): 1630mm / 64"
Max Height: 725mm / 28½"