John H. Belter (American, born Germany, 18041863)
American; New York City
Rosewood; 53 1/4 x 66 x 25 in. (at feet) (135.3 x 167.6 x 63.5 cm)
Purchase, Friends of The American Wing Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1999 (1999.396)
John Belter has long been recognized as among the most important of the cabinetmakers producing high-style furnishings in the Rococo Revival style for the luxury market in nineteenth-century America. Belter garnered an international reputation for the suites of drawing room furniture he manufactured, many out of laminated and richly carved rosewood. He was a prolific cabinetmaker and a large body of furniture is ascribed to his shop, but the very best of his oeuvre is epitomized by his large and exuberant drawing room sofas, which are embellished with bouquets of naturalistic blooms.