CANVASES, CARATS AND CURIOSITIES

Belter, John Henry

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1804-1863 • American — Recognized as both a pioneer in the design of luxury furnishings and as a craftsman in the exquisite execution of quality and construction, Belter is widely considered to be the finest furniture maker of the Rococo Revival period. His wood of choice was rosewood, and although rosewood is beautifully colored and figured, it is extremely brittle. By putting his woods through numerous laminations, Belter was able to compose incredibly elaborate and desirable pieces that maintain tremendous strength. The laminating process that Belter used earned a number of patents and allowed him to produce the superior pieces that graced formal drawing rooms across the country. This ornately carved chair illustrates beautifully why Belter's work stands head and shoulders above those of his competitors. The Furniture of John Henry Belter and the Rococo Revival, 1981, Marvin D. Schwartz, Edward J. Stanek and Douglas K. True American Furniture of the 19th Century: 1840-1880, 1983, Eileen and Richard Dubrow

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