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F-4lnSty!e THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, October 20, 1991 Paint adds trendy touch to traditional furniture end craft shops such as Arteffects in Mount Adams. These pieces are nnt decorator Dieces, painted to R7 S' n ;.- I f "4 V. 3 is : ,t I j . The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Keating ABOVE: Details on this cupboard were painted by Oak Park, III., artist Jeanine Guncheon. It's $1,600 at Arteffects in Mount Adams. LEFT: Haversham Plantations produced this American country clothes press. "Peaceful Pasture" is $2,539 at Closson's. Designs often enhance value BY OWEN FIXDSEN The Cincinnati Enquirer Mention fine furniture, and people usually think of fine grained, richly finished wood. But throughout history, much of the world's furniture from simple benches to imperial thrones has been finished with paint. Though paint has traditionally been a coverup for lesser quality, soft woods, attitudes about painted furniture are changing. As the cost of slow-growing hardwood soars and as people become more concerned about the destruction of forests, furniture made from fast growing, easily replenished soft woods is becoming more popular. Besides, paint is more versatile than stains and varnishes. It not only covers wood, it can enhance furniture with patterns, designs and even paintings. In fact, sometimes the paintings become more important than the furniture itself. "The favored furniture styles today are very traditional," says designer David Millett of Blue Ash, "but the trends in finishes are very different." Paint styles range from American country to individual creations. Prized reproductions American and European country furniture styles are popular and often are used together in decorating schemes. Original antiques are prized, but new furniture in country styles will give the same look. Some of the most dramatic are reproduction pieces that copy prized originals. order, but original works of art by artists who prefer to paint on chairs, tables and cabinets rather than on canvas. "Many of them will include colors that a customer requests, but they won't change their designs," says Arteffects proprietor Hillary Carter. "The people who are interested in this kind of painted furniture are just not interested in production furniture," says Carter, pointing out that art furniture is "still affordable." With prices ranging from $500 to $1,600, it is often less expensive than mass-produced furniture. This kind of furniture is often collected as fine art, with collectors acquiring a group of pieces by a favorite artist. Carter represents five furniture artists from across the country. One piece by Jeanine Guncheon of Oak Park, 111., is a grandfather clock featuring the face of a grandfather with his tongue sticking out. Designs and styles from Native American cultures often appear in artist-painted furniture, and folk art is a frequent inspiration. In fact, untrained, often rural artists, frequently prefer furniture to canvas as a surface for their unconventional imagery. Their work can be found in art galleries, but serious collectors tour the countryside searching for undiscovered masters. People handy with paints can paint furniture themselves, following instructions in how-to books such as Decorating With Paint by Jocasta Innes (Harmony Books; $18.95). mid-19th century painted furniture. One of the most delightful of all American country antiques is a large "Peaceful Pasture" clothes press produced by Haversham Plantations (also shown at Closson's). The entire piece is covered with a charming wraparound landscape of hills and valleys, with grazing cattle and other country touches. Another traditional style of painted furniture is classic Chinese. Richly decorated chests and cabinets feature Oriental figures and landscapes over black or Chinese red enamel surfaces. Works of art The newest style of painted furniture, and the most delightful, is artist-painted furniture that can be seen in art galleries and high- from picture frames to armoires," Peck says. Indeed, chests of drawers may have bouquets of flowers painted on the drawers; grapevines can spiral up the posts of a bed. Tables can be painted to look like trees, with a mass of leaves on the table top. Children's chairs can be decorated with lizards, bugs and snakes, Peck said. (Prices range from $100 to $500.) Historic lines Some of the most dramatic painted furniture can be found in historic reproduction furniture lines: The Smithsonian Collection, for instance, offers a set of high-backed rattan lounge chairs that are shown at A.B. Closson Jr. Co.'s Kenwood showroom. Painted dark green, the chairs are examples of "You won't see much painted furniture when you come in my stores," says Joan Peck, owner of the Pine Door stores in Hyde Park Square and on Wooster Pike. "That's because people have the furniture painted after they purchase it." Peck commissions a number of local artists to paint the designs that customers request. "They'll see something in the shop, or a picture of a piece that we've done." By selecting the color scheme and asking for specific objects and designs, each customer can have a piece of painted furniture that is like no other. "You can have anything painted, GREAT FALL SAVINGS! Sources of painted furniture Painted furniture is available for different sources, including: For pine furniture that can be painted to order: the Pine Door, 7356 Wooster Pike in Plainville, 561-7075, and 3443 Edwards Road in Hyde Park, 553-1377. vOTO :' t V For artist-painted original furniture: Arteffects, 1 101 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 381-2783. CERAMIC TILE AND MARBLE FROM ITALY, SPAIN, GREECE, COLUMBIA, BRAZIL, THE PACIFIC RIM, AND POINTS ACROSS THE USA H:. -4 ' i For traditional and modern furniture in faux fm-L ! ': 1 ishes: David A. Millett Inc.. 7885 E. KemDer Road in WIDEST SELECTION AND LOWEST PRICES Blue Ash, 489-3887. ' Fnr miicAiirTwiiialitv renrnriur.tinn furniture IN GREATER CINCINNATI Shop Monday and Thursday 10:00 am til 8;30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am till 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am till 4:00 pm l Hi V undrew I Vff.GfNERAl " I M $1 59 cabinet f rom Haversham Plantation, the Smithsonian Col-from Objects lection and other sources: the A.B. Closson Jr. Co. by Design at 401 Race St. downtown, 762-551 0; and at 7866 Kenwood Road in Kenwood, 891-5531. Painted furniture and accessories: Objects by Design catalog, 800-872-7501. OWEN FINDSEN 563-7122 2915 GLENDALE-MILFORD ROAD (M'Swoin Pork in EvencJale REMEMBER: "BECAUSE WE BUY FOR LESS, YOU BUY FOR LESS!" You are cordially invited to preview Designers' Walk '92 Sixteen newly created Model Rooms During our 125th Anniversary Furniture Sale... Discover new design ideas With our experienced staff At both locations... On the cover 30 401 Race St. 7866 Monteomerv Rd INSTYLE I I The Bum1 PI EI 4 762-5538 891-5531 f The art of cast aluminum Furniture making at Brown Jordan begins with the classic. Style designed to stand the test of time. With skillful eye and steady hand, the craftsman carves In wood each component, every detail. With centuries old technology, the wooden pattern Is pressed In Often yielding ono-of-a-kind results, the art of paint can take varied forms, such as: Photo 1: A border on a wood floor, painted by De-nise Bitzer, owner of Creations by Denise. Photo 2: Rag painting on a wall by Carol Hirst and Diane Kerlin of Something Stenciled. Photo 3: Combing on a wall by Gary Lord and associates at Wall Options. 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