A trip to the museum

I rarely have seen a museum that I didn’t enjoy.  And, if you live in the Toledo Ohio area, or will be visiting, you are very fortunate, indeed.  Toledo, small Midwestern city that it is, is blessed with a world class art museum.  Stroll through any of it’s many galleries and you’ll find yourself “eye to eye” with recognizable masterpieces from around the world.  But along with masterpieces of painting and sculpture, the Toledo Museum of Art possesses some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture ever made.

Fine examples of the work of the French Ebenistes are there for the viewing:

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Craftsmen from the Netherlands are well represented:

China cabinet 18th century Dutch - an incredible example of expert veneer work

China cabinet 18th century Dutch – an incredible example of expert veneer work

Walnut and Ebony cupboard - southern Netherlands - 1600-1650

Walnut and Ebony cupboard – southern Netherlands – 1600-1650

And a Dutch “tour de force”:

Chest on Stand – Netherlands 1690 – Ebony, tortoiseshell, ivory, mixed woods and gilded bronze

If English Oak draw leaf tables are “your thing”, here’s a wonderful example from 1600:

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Around every corner is a new treasure.  In fact, in an out-of-the-way area are two building interiors that could make you believe that you’re standing in the drawing room of a great Continental house of the 17th century or a sanctuary in 18th century Switzerland.

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Whether your interest is woodworking, history or art, the Toledo Museum has something for you.  If you can visit, please do.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

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