A Johnstone & Jeanes mahogany expanding dining table<BR />circa 1850
Lot 1365W
A Johnstone & Jeanes mahogany expanding dining table
circa 1850
Sold for US$ 122,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of various owners
A Johnstone & Jeanes mahogany expanding dining table
circa 1850
The circular top of brass tipped triangular segments expanding to receive eight leaves, each leaf and apron stamped with corresponding numerals, the brass plate on the baluster support stamped Johnstone & Jeanes, 67, New Bond St. London, raised on scrolled legs ending in casters.
height 30in (76cm); diameter 64 1/2in (164cm); diameter expanded 93 7/8in (238cm)

Footnotes

  • One of the most popular of the clever metamorphic furniture designs was the "Jupe" table, patented in March of 1835 by Robert Jupe and John Johnstone. The Jupe table's leaves could be added and then removed to accommodate different numbers of guests. The revolutionary table was described as "An improved expanding round 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 table top could be expanded "by hand or by turning the surfaces and bed of the table round the pillar." The Jupe tables quickly gained popularity as Messrs. Johnstone and Jupe established their company, Johnstone, Jupe & Co., at 67 New Bond Street.

    In 1840, Robert Jupe and John Johnstone had a falling out. Robert Jupe moved his business to Welbeck Street and John Johnstone formed a new business at 67 New Bond Street called Johnstone & Jeanes in 1842. Only a small number of "Jupe" tables from the Johnstone & Jeanes partnership survive, making these tables, such as the offered lot, quite desirable.

    This Johnstone and Jeanes table, together with the twelve chairs in the following lot, were presented by John Parrott to his daughter Noelie Christine Parrott and Joseph Augustine Donohoe II on the occasion of their marriage in San Francisco. Ordered from Johnstone, Jupe & Co, this table came to San Francisco around Cape Horn and has been in the Donohoe family since 1888.

    John Parrott (1811-1884) was a Virginia financier and was the U.S. Consul at Mazatlan, Mexico from 1838-1850. He resigned his post to avail himself of the opportunities presented by Gold Rush era California, where he made a fortune in shipping, banking, and mercantile ventures.

    In San Francisco he met Joseph Augustine Donohoe Sr., also having arrived in San Francisco in 1850, and enjoyed a lasting friendship that tangentially resulted in a double marriage between the families. In 1882 John Parrott II married Mary Emilie Donohoe and John Sr. also presented them with a formal dining table on that occasion.

Saleroom notices

  • The table top is of eight expanding sections and six additional leaves.
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