The Alexandra influence on Wiesand's furniture

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March 29, 1992|By LINDA LOWE MORRIS

If you ask art furniture maker David Wiesand for the influences on his latest works, you might be surprised by his answer. You might look at them first and think: There's a bit of French Empire style, here a few motifs from ancient Greece, over there hints of American Federalist.

He acknowledges all of these. Then he adds one more: "Alexandra," he says. "A lot of things come from fantasy images that I get from reading all of those myths and old stories to my daughter."

Four-year-old Alexandra is not only an inspiration. She loves to help apply the gold leaf. "Her fingers are so small they're perfect for smoothing the leaf into tiny crevices," he says.

That the results look like something you might find in a museum is a tribute to them both.

Mr. Wiesand's latest works -- which he sells through his antique shop and art furniture gallery, McLain Wiesand -- include a table based on the constellations and a mirror that melds patterns from a half-dozen design periods.

McLain Wiesand is located at 839 N. Howard St. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The telephone number is (410) 728-2441.

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