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40 YEARS SALE! C1855 American Rosewood Belter Chair

$1,400.00 was $2250

11/40!  We've been selling antiques in Melbourne since 1979, so in 2019 we are offering our customers 40 random objects (10 per quarter) at dramatically reduced prices: usually way, way below cost. The drawback? No lay bys or storage on these items, I am afraid. Credit card, transfer or cash all equally acceptable. 

$2250 now $1400 (roll of the dice!)

This spectacularly pierced and carved Rosewood chair is probably John Henry Belter, New York. The style and manufacture are distinctive and characteristic. American, C1855. John Henry Belter (1804-1863) opened his first cabinetmaking shop at 40-1/2 Chatham St, New York, in 1844. His 5 storey manufactury, opened in 1850, was on 76th near 3rd Avenue. Apart form making intricately carved Rosewood furniture made of panels of solid Rosewood glued together, he developed an method of laminating Rosewood (plywood de luxe)  to provide even more intricate carving possibilities.

This OTT heavily pierced and carved chair is just what contemporary post-Minimal 2019 fashion loves. It is freshly upholstered in a black, white and yellow stripe with black velvet caterpiller double piping. Hipster compatible: no undecorated surface, authentic, natural materials, recycled, resonant material culture. (One of my favourite fabrics at present!)

The second image is of of an interior C1852, comes form the Whitmore mansion formerly (demolished 1965) at 4-17 Twenty Seventh Avenue, Queens, New York, when it was a country villa.. The American Rococo Revival int

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