This simple frame shows the impact of elegant design. It has a slightly cushioned back edge, barely visible in the photo above – and was probably a print frame (it has a double rebate, sometimes used to keep artwork away from the glass). It may have been one of many such made in a workshop in the 1860s, or 1900’s – I don’t know – but whoever came up with it just had a very good, pure, eye for design.
Strange frame with stencilled frieze of noble knight slaying decorative dragon – can’t get much more unusual than that!
A very unusual Spanish frame with paper-moulded centres and corners. This is quite a large frame and the boldness of the ornament means that it needs a strong, possibly modern, painting to frame.
Interesting frame, I am not sure what the wood is but it is polished to show the fine overall grain. Might be in the Japanese style? It would make a marvellous mirror.
Elegant but confident painted frame with silvery gold sight and back edges, the painted surface a slightly uneven dusty green. I had always thought how good a frame like this would look on a Lucian Freud painting…
This is a very attractive painted frame. The painted wheatear-like flowers and leaves remind me of Bloomsbury ornament. I also like how the sides of the frame taper slightly and are of different widths.
Frames covered in embossed paper are fairly unusual – this one is in very fine condition and great care has been taken with the gilding.
White/off white painted and textured frame, probably English from the 1950’s, 21 x 15″ (53 x 38 cms)
Modernist frames are often the creation of artists and framemakers working in conjunction. They can also be quite wacky and inventive.