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Régence

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French Régence ogee section frame 26 3/4 x 21″ (68 x 53 cms)

 Louis XIV

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French Louis XIV frame, 36 x 23 1/4″ (91 x 59 cms)

 Louis XV

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French Louis XV hollow section frame with corners, 29 x 24″ (74 x 61 cms)

Good example of a simple Louis XV frame.  Note the re-cut sight edge ornament, the flattened shell motifs in the corners, the shallow carved leaf ornament trailing from the corners.


  Louis XIV

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A lovely French frame, yellowy colour with much of the original detail retained.

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Transitional frames

The French Transitional pattern is possibly the most developed of French generic frame patterns.  The ‘transition’ is that between between Louis XV style, rococo/swept/full of movement and Louis XVI style with a change towards neo-Clasicissm, more stylised, less naturalistic and with elements from the neo-Classical repetoire of lamb’s tongue, ribbon twist and fluting.

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French 18C Transitional frame, washed over 26 x 20 1/2″ (66 x 52 cms)

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There is a label on the back of the frame suggesting that it had once housed a Degas painting of dancers. Clearly the gilding and red clay has been washed off this frame, quite carefully, leaving traces of the original surface.  This is a finish that the French call decapé which is associated with the framing of Impressionist paintings.

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Corner detail showing remains of yellow ground, red clay and gilding on gessoed surface.

Below another frame of similar pattern, with original gilding.

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 Louis XIV

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Small French frame, lovely carving and surface – this photograph taken in low light to imitate candlelight, in which gilding is at its very best.


Louis XIII

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The finish is the result of ‘dry-stripping’ (picking off) a later layer of oil gilding laid on a thin coat of gesso.  This oil-over-gilding of watergilded frames is often seen on  French 17th and 18th Century frames that made their way to England in the 19th Century where a flatter, brighter finish was much more popular.  It is a lot of work picking it off (about 60 hours on this small frame) but, I think, well worth the effort.


Louis XIII

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French 17C stiff-leaf pattern frame, 35 x 28″ (89 x 71 cms)


Louis XVI

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French late 18th Century fluted hollow frame. SIght size 15 1/4 x 12 1/2″

This frame has a blindstamp on the reverse with the makers name – E L INFROIT – which was required by French law.  Other famous makers known by these blindstamps include Cherin and Pepin.

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Two frames, the outer one is a French 19C moulding with composition sight edge, with a lovely speckled finish that one sometimes sees on frames of this type – not sure why it is, perhaps a deterioration of a top layer of animal size?

The inner frame is a very specific kind of Italian 19C frame where the ornament is not carved in the wood but cut into thick gesso.  The flat tops of the carving create an effect that catches the light beautifully.


 

 

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