Description: Rare laminated rosewood Rococo Victorian side chair in the Fountain Elms pattern by John Henry Belter, NYC. This chair has a wonderful open carved crest and frame featuring flowers and grapes. The curved skirt and cabriole legs have rose carvings. It has the original brass castors on both the front and back legs. Examples of this pattern can be found on page 77 of "Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute" by Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio, pg 62 of "The Furniture of John Henry Belter and the Rococo Revival" by Marvin D. Schwartz and pg 81 of "American Furniture of the 19th Century 1840-1880" by Eileen and Richard Dubrow. The Fountain Elms pattern is one of the most popular patterns made by Belter. It has old fabric on the back and seat with some stains. One of the flowers on the right side of the crest has a chip out of the petals. We could easily have this re carved but we would like to initially offer this piece in the original "as found" condition - the way most serious collectors prefer to find them. The bottom of the back of the chair has some slight fracture to the outer layer of laminate. A rare find for the serious collector!
|Fountain Elm's Side Chair by Belter |
Dimensions: 38.5"H x 19"W
Finish: Fair to good original finish. In some parts, the grain shows through beautifully whereas others have had wax buildup over the years and are darker.
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