7-piece John Henry Belter Rosalie with Grapes Parlor Set
It’s not often that you see a 7-piece set of Belter furniture come up for sale together. This is Belter’s Rosalie with Grapes pattern, circa 1850, consisting of a sofa, gentleman’s arm chair, meridienne and four side chairs. All pieces are recently upholstered in a Sage/Buttercup woven and beautifully made Damask upholstery material. Bidding ends April 9th and starts at $39,000.
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Photos of like “Rosalie” furniture can be found in the Reference book, “American Furniture of the 19th Century” by Alieen & Richard Dubrow and also found in the certer pages of the book, “Rosalie A Mansion of Natchez”. Most fine furniture of the 19th Century was not labeled, or the paper labels have fallen off, so it is difficult to document the age and authenticiy more completly than this.
All seven pieces have hand carved crest of fruit, nuts and leaves centered by a fine “Rosebud” and flanked by a wonderful grape cluster. Each piece has fine carvings on the knees and the serpentine skirts and the whole set is constructed from laminated Rosewood a true Belter trait and a method he gained the patten for.
All seven pieces maintain thier trade mark brass casters and all are in very good original finish condition, cleaned and polished. Only a few minor restorations have been observed, some old upholsters nail holes in the back of one chair, two legs have been repaired and reinforced and one leaf carving has been reconstructed.