American Rococo Carved and Laminated Rosewood Dresser, c. 1850-1860, attr. to John Henry Belter, New York, fruit and cornucopia-carved crest centered by a pair of opposing doves, mirror flanked by small shelves, exaggerated serpentine marble top with conforming case, four graduated drawers, top drawer with shaped divided interior, conforming base, h. 89 in., w. 48 1/2 in., d. 23 3/4 in. Provenance: Estate of Gordon and Vera Noakes, Detroit, MI. Note: The elegantly carved dresser in the present lot is directly related to a dresser by John Henry Belter conserved by the Brooklyn Museum, featuring a similar foliate crest with distinctively carved birds, the same configuration of mirrors, and a serpentine case. The dresser here also features a uniquely shaped divider in the top drawer and a nearly identical serpentine case as a Belter dresser in the Dubrow Collection.
Ref.: Dubrow, Eileen and Richard. American Furniture of the 19th Century, 1840-1880. Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 1983, pp. 152-154.