Pair of Slipper Chairs by John Henry Belter in Rosewood, American, c. 1845-50
Shaped and laminated rosewood chairs, c. 1845. Process was patented by Belter and molds were destroyed after a limited production. This form in the first form produced in Belters production and the only form produced in the German Louis Philippe style. Subsequent fabrications were in the Rococo revival style with heavy pierced carving.
Belter emigrated to America from Germany as a young man in 1833 and became a naturalized citizen by 1839. He was already an accomplished furniture maker when he arrived in New York having been apprenticed to a furniture maker in Stüttgart, Germany. Belter came to America with little more than talent and ambition and by 1844 he had used both to become a well-respected cabinetmaker, even showing his works at the prestigious New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in 1853. By 1854, he oversaw the building of his five-story factory in the heart of New York City.
WIDTH: 18½ in | HEIGHT: 36½ in | DEPTH: 21 in
SEAT HEIGHT: 16 in
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CONDITION: restored and re-polished