Thursday, May 7, 2009

I remembered ...

... I had this photo on my office computer so in honor of John over at The Textile Blog who two days ago did a brilliant post on Rococo Revival - one of my favorite historical styles - here is a cute little number from the High Museum Decorative Arts Collection. 

Designed and made by John Henry Belter and very glamorous, it exhibits all the signs of 19th century furniture technology: bent plywood back with applied wood solids, carved, pierced and polished. 

I can't help myself but every time I see it it reminds me of a plump big ol' drag queen.


  1. drag queen indeed LOL - you hit the nail right on the head ;-)

  2. I didn't know much about American nineteenth century furniture design and designers, and so had not heard of Belter until I started reading

    There is a whole fascinating system of designers, manufacturers and retailers in North America, that Europeans are completely ignorant of.

    As a piece of furniture, it's a fine example of Rococo Drag.