Category:John Henry Belter

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English: John Henry Belter, original name Johann Heinrich Belter (born 1804, Hilter, near Osnabrück, Germany—died Oct. 15, 1863, New York, N.Y.), an American cabinetmaker and designer known for his superb Victorian Rococo pieces. Belter served as a cabinetmaker’s apprentice in Württemberg, now in Germany, where he was trained in the Black Forest tradition of rich carving so admired during the 19th century. Settling in New York City in 1833, he married and opened a shop on Broadway. He worked as a furniture craftsman in New York and became an American citizen in 1839. Belter described himself as a cabinet manufacturer, rather than a cabinetmaker, operating J.H. Belter and Co., according to New York City directories published at the time. His business employed three of his brothers-in-law: Jonathan, William, and Frederick Springmyer. After Belter's death reportedly from tuberculosis in 1863, the company was renamed Springmyer Brothers and ceased operation several years later. Belter is said to be the most important cabinet maker working in the Rococo Revival style in United States at that time, patenting many of his improved techniques for crafting furniture. Among these was a technique for processing laminated rosewood in many layers to achieve thin panels that, once shaped in molds through steam heating, were finely carved, which was widely copied by his competitors in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.

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