Sunday, 15 December 2013

Large frame - red bole



Here is a large frame that is being painted with red bole.

Antique Rococo style frame


Papier mache



They are not very common but occasionally you see frames that are made with papier mache ornament.

Gesso frame


This is the frame from the previous post as it is being painted with gesso.

Cut down moulding



A couple of pictures of a moulding before and after it has been cut to make two separate mouldings. The outer part of the frame is required for an order and will be gilded.

Gilded swept




Making a water gilded swept frame, some faulting and patching is needed, and then some burnishing. After these stages are done it will be distressed and toned.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Nice ripple frame for repairs


2 restored antique frames




Bronze powder



Same profile, different finishes



A fabric slip



Large Carlo Maratta




Saturday, 16 November 2013

A selection of antique frames

 18th C English carved
 19th C English Louis XIII revival
 Grotesque corner
 19th C Louis XV swept
 19th C Louis XV swept




As much as I like art and paintings in frames, there is something about a beautiful empty antique frame hung on a wall which I almost prefer.

American arts and crafts - Taos frame




The next of my favourites from my new stock is this early 20th Century American arts and crafts frame. I would call this a Taos frame, but perhaps an American based blog watcher will confirm this? I think the design of this frame is amazing, it has sadly been re-gilded, as have a large number of the antique frames amongst the recent stock. This treatment is quite common by art dealers and galleries, just to have a uniform look to there frames and paintings, and just to cover up any wear and tear. 

Civil Defence exhibition frame




Another frame from my recent stock delivery, a modernist looking frame which exhibited at the 1942 Civil Defence Artists exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery. I love the carved corner detail and gilt finish.