John Henry Belter Lion & Serpent Decoration
In a recent post I mentioned a John Henry Belter sofa design that integrated uncommon Belter themes of sea serpents, lion arms and carved paw feet. Photos of this sofa can be found on page 65 of the Belter book and are shown in this post. Another less common attribute of this particular sofa is Belter’s use of Oak construction (he also used Mahogany as a primary wood on occasion, which can be seen in a sofa on page 62 of the book). Not only is this Oak, but laminated Oak in 7 layers with an open back frame rather than an enclosed, laminated back panel.
I’d like to order one of these in Rosewood, please.
Seriously though, something tells me that a Rosewood version may never have existed. I’ve not personally seen an instance of this sofa design come up for sale, ever, which makes me wonder if it was unique.