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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Ross Burch, New York and Miss Jean McLean Morron, Peoria, Illinois, until 1951
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