Slipper Chair

Maker: John H. Belter (1804–1863)

Date: ca. 1855

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

Culture: American

Medium: Rosewood, ash

Dimensions: 44 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (112.4 x 44.5 x 41.9 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Ross Burch and Miss Jean McLean Morron, 1951

Accession Number: 51.79.9


This chair, intricately carved with grapes on the vine, is a delightfully fanciful example of the Rococo Revival style. Such furniture was described at the time it was made as being in "the modern French style" because it borrowed elements from the eighteenth-century Rococo, such as curvaceous cabriole legs, strong C- and S-curves and scrolls, and the extravagant use of carved naturalistic ornament.