Property of a Gentleman
AN EARLY VICTORIAN MAHOGANY EXPANDING DINING TABLE BY JOHNSTONE & JEANES, MID-19TH CENTURY
the additional sixteen leaves in two sizes with a fitted case, the central brass bosse engraved 'Johnstone & Jeanes Patent', the central block stamped 'Johnstone & Jeanes / New Bond St. / London / 2880', each segmental section and leaf with corresponding stencilled number, the door of the case similarly stamped 'Johnstone & Jeanes / New Bond St. / London'
71cm. high; closed 160cm. diameter, smallest extended size 200cm. diameter; largest extended size 229cm.; 2ft, 4in., 5ft. 3in., 7ft. 6in.
In overall reasonable restored condition. Variation to colour, additional leaves are darker. One pull out section with age crack. Restorations including re-veneering to tips of additional leaves and segmental sections of top, some of which are lacking brass tips. Mechanism would benefit from a clean and oiling. Quadruped base and feet with scuffs and scratches and minor losses to veneers as to be expected. Case in original condition and would benefit from a gentle clean. Baize is worn. Old marks and scratches and re-polishing. A remarkable and highly practical table.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Acquired by Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple of North Berwick, 6th Baronet (1814-1887), for the Dining Room at Leuchie House, North Berwick, East Lothian;
thence by descent.
The form of this table was invented by Robert Jupe, upholder of 47 Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, who applied for a patent for a circular extending dining table with segmented top (no. 6788) in March 1835. The description for the patent stated: "An improved expanding table so constructed that the sections composing its surface may be caused to diverge from a common centre and that the spaces caused thereby may be filled up by inserting leaves or filling pieces."
The first tables of this type were produced by Jupe in association with the cabinet-maker John Johnstone of New Bond Street and carry a brass boss to the central mechanism engraved 'JUPES PATENT'. After 1842 the firm changed its name due to a new partnership and became Johnstone and Jeanes.
The present table was acquired by Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple of North Berwick, 6th Baronet (1814-1887), for the Dining Room at Leuchie House, North Berwick, East Lothian (figs. 1 & 2).
An extending dining table with carved lion-form feet by Johnstone and Jeanes sold at Sotheby's, London, 22 November 2006, lot 239 (£176,000). Another dining table made by Johnstone and Jupe sold at Sotheby's London, 6 June 2006, lot 368 (£148,000).