Fountain Elms Suite

Museum quality seven piece Fountain Elms parlor suite by John Henry Belter, NYC.
It consists of a settee, two armchairs and four side chairs. Examples of this
pattern can be found on page 77 of “Masterpieces of American Furniture from the
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute” by Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio, pg 62 of “The
Furniture of John Henry Belter and the Rococo Revival” by Marvin D. Schwartz and
pg 81 of “American Furniture of the 19th Century 1840-1880″ by Eileen and
Richard Dubrow. The Fountain Elms pattern is one of the most popular patterns
made by Belter. It has delicate open carvings of flowers, fruit, grapes, and
leaves executed on a curved laminated rosewood frame. There are some slight
losses in the frames that we document in five attached photos. They consist of
one early repaired back leg to a sidechair, some tiny separations in the
delicate carvings, and two tiny flower centers are missing. These are very minor
issues that we could easily take care of, however, we want to offer this suite
as “untouched” as possible. The upholstery is old but not original. This suite
was originally purchased by Samuel and Sofia Catherine Littlewood Milbank of
24th St, New York. It was passed down to Priscilla Foote Dickenson to the
present owner. We have the original correspondence from Joseph Downs, Alice
Winchester, and many others as well as drafts, research notes and a photocopy of
an article published in the Christian Science Monitor, August 19, 1933 by
Caroline Cauldwell Foote regarding the life and work of Belter. The settee and
an armchair from this suite was exhibited in the “Loan Exhibition of New York
State Furniture” Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 5 – April 22, 1934. In the
“Magazine Antiques” September, 1948, pg 166 -168 Joseph Downs suggested that
“perhaps the most valuable collection of Belter furniture now in existence is
owned by Mrs. Edward M. Foote.” While this might be overstated, we are sure it
is the best and most complete Belter suite to come on the market in quite some
time! The condition of the wood and original finish are about as good as one
could expect from a suite that is 150 years old. A truly rare and exciting
grouping of furniture!
Circa: 1850-1860
Dimensions (settee): 47.5″H x 77.5″L
Dimensions (armchairs): 44.5″H x 24.5″W
Dimensions (sidechairs): 38″H x 18″W
Finish: Good original Price: $86,500.00 for the suite      

ARMCHAIR CREST

ARMCHAIR CREST

CENTER OF FLOWER MISSING

SMALL DAMAGE TO ARMCHAIR

SMALL DAMAGE TO ARMCHAIR

SMALL DAMAGE TO ARMCHAIR

SOFA MIDDLE CREST

LEFT SOFA BACK

RIGHT SIDE SOFA BACK

SOFA RIGHT LEG

FRONT OF SOFA

BACK TO SOFA

SIDE CHAIR BACK LEG

BACK TO SIDECHAIR