Maker: John H. Belter (1804–1863)

Date: 1850–60

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Rosewood

Dimensions: 53 1/4 x 66 x 25 in. (135.3 x 167.6 x 63.5 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of the American Wing Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1999

Accession Number: 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.