Interior Design: CMA Style
Everyone likes to have a home to be proud of. We all like to shop for the perfect couch and armchair to compliment the shape of our room and the colors we painted it. Here at CMA, our extensive collection of furniture and home items comes from America, France and beyond, providing even the most persnickety of decorators with impressive choices. I know you won’t be able to choose just one.
Doorway from the Isaac Gillet House, Painesville, Ohio, 1821. Johnathon Goldsmith (American, 1783-1847), and Lewis Firm (American). Wood, leaded panes, and brass decoration, Overall- h:290.00 w:228.50 d:45.80 cm (h:114 1/8 w:89 15/16 d:18 inches). Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry
First impresisons for guests start with your front door and isn’t this the kind of first impression you would want them to have? Classically elegant and beautifully designed, this door comes from the Isaac Gillet House in Painesville, Ohio and was designed by the incredibly talented Northeastern Ohio architect, Johnathon Goldsmith.
Once your guests have been properly greeted and invited inside, you must wow them with your excellent taste. What better way to do that than with an Italian gilt foyer console table?
Console Table Depicting Chronos, or Father Time (top), c. 1700. Italy, probably Rome, late 17th-early 18th century. Painted and gilded wood, marble top, Overall- h:95.30 w:107.30 d:62.90 cm (h:37 ½ w:42 3/16 d:24 ¾ inches). Elisabeth Severance Prentiss collection by exchange
As you move into the living room, your guests can sit on any number of armchairs, couches or settees including this fantastic British piece. Designed by the neoclassical designer Thomas Hope for his London mansion, the piece is striking in its deep purple color while its wide seat invites one to sit down and take a load off (in the most elegant way possible of course).
Settee, c. 1802-1807. Designer Thomas Hope (British, 1769-1831), maker Unknown Maker (British). Gilt-wood, reproduction wool upholstery, Overall- h:102.20 w:113.00 d:71.10 cm (h:40 3/16 w:44 7/16 d:27 15/16 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Wardrobe (Kast), c. 1625-1650. Holland, 17th century. Oak with ebony and rosewood veneers, Overall- h:244.50 w:224.30 d:85.20 cm (h:96 ¼ w:88 ¼ d:33 ½ inches). Purchase from the J.H. Wade Fund
But your pièce de résistance is when you give your guests a tour of your bedroom and show them the eye-catching and brilliantly configured Dutch wardrobe that graces your room. The use of imported exotic woods alongside perspective and the mazelike laying of veneer is visually stunning.
Scattered across the second floor galleries of the 1916 building, CMA’s collection of furniture and home goods is an often overlooked, but expansive grouping. Come today, pick out your dream decorations, and explore the wonderful world of furnishings!
Comment below on your favorite piece of furniture in our collection.
Tori Laser is a junior at John Carroll University studying art history with a focus on communications. She is interning this summer in the Communications and Marketing Department at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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