Rare American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Sofa, c. 1850-1860, attr. to John Henry Belter, related to the pattern commonly referred to as "Fountain Elms", arched reticulated grape and floral crest, serpentine arms, conforming seat rail, cabriole legs, scrolled toes, casters, h. 46 in., w. 79 1/2 in., d. 24 in. Note: This rare example of John Henry Belter’s work is beautifully carved and sophisticated in shape, differentiating it from the triple-back sofas commonly seen in Belter’s work. The scrolled elements along the crest rail here are closely related to the known Belter pattern “Fountain Elms,” a pattern associated with the seated furniture made by Belter for the Fountain Elms Mansion in Utica, New York.
Ref.: Dubrow, Eileen and Richard. American Furniture of the Nineteenth Century. Schiffer: Pennsylvania, 1983, pp. 79, 81; Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute. www.mwpai.org/view/collections/19th-century-american-decorative-arts. Accessed October 16, 2017.