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Object Name Chair
Catalog Number 1982.16
Maker Belter, John Henry
Date ca. 1850
Material(s) Wood/Silk
Dimensions H-44.5 W-24 D-26 inches
Description This is a laminated rosewood Rococo Revival "Belter" armchair. It has a concave back upholstered in lemon yellow and white damask. The edge of the back is decorated with carved and pierced scrolls and flowers and there is a carved crested top. The chair has upholstered scroll carved arms. The fronts of the arms, the front apron, and the front legs are have carved flowers. The reverse of the chair is faced with plain rosewood.
Notes John Henry Belter (1804-1863) was a naturalized American citizen born in Germany. He invented methods of laminating wood forms and sawing open decorative work that made his furniture highly fashionable in the middle nineteenth-century. Belter is well known for his rosewood furniture and Rococo designs.
Collection Dr. Milton L. Brindley
People Belter, John Henry
Subjects Chairs
Search Terms furniture
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS