Pair of Upholstered Salon Chairs by John Henry Belter, c. 1844

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18 1/2" wide x 21" deep x 36 1/2" high.

Pair of American "scroll pattern" Parlor Chairs in rosewood by John Henry Belter or Johann Heinrich Belter, noted German American Cabinetmaker from 1844-1863, NYC.
The pattern of these chairs co-insides with the German Louis Philippe movement from 1840-1870. This period in European furniture design marked a return to a more curved line with stylized ornamentation, in contrast to Biedermeier's more angular lines. Belter had just immigrated and was setting up shop in NYC at the start of this European movement which greatly influenced his original "scroll" pattern.
In my opinion it is the most sophisticated and beautiful of all Belter patterns for its simple curves and sculptural contemporary design. The patterns to follow were American influenced Victorian Rococo Revival with pierced carvings and exuberant decorative embellishments.
Belter employed a staff of cabinet makers in NYC from the Alsace region of Germany. His technique of bending laminating and molding shapes in rosewood was innovative for its time. His process was so successful that the chairs and sofas that he produced to this day are in excellent shape generally without checks or delamination.
In addition to this pair of chairs we have four more to potentially make a set of six.

CREATOR: John Henry Belter (Designer)

PERIOD: Louis Philippe

PLACE OF ORIGIN: United States


PERIOD: 19th Century


MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Polished Rosewood, Muslin

OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: rosewood, upholstered in muslin


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