THE ASTOR FAMILY DINING TABLE: A VERY FINE CIRCULAR MAHOGANY EXPANDING TABLE BY JOHNSTONE & JEANES

June 15 2009, 3:19pm

English. Circa 1845. The segmented top found on the present table was patented in March 1835 by Robert Jupe. Together with John Johnstone, the firm Johnstone, Jupe & Co. produced round and ovular tables that could be expanded not by pulling the table apart at the center and inserting rectangular leaves, but by expanding the table "so 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." The table, when turned, expands on an iron frame that shifts the table segments outward allowing room for wedge-shaped leaves. This iron mechanism topped with a brass plate would be engraved with the company's name, and a serial number would appear adjacent to the plate. The present table is stamped with number 5613. It is likely that only a small number of tables were produced.