Monday, 29 February 2016

Online Images of Paintings in Frames

I've mentioned before that the Yale Center for British Art has a fantastic online archive of frames in their collection (see link on right side menu), they now allow the download and open use of very high resolution images of art in their collection, a good number of which also include images of the frame. I think this is a great step forward in showing paintings online (and in catalogues and books) how they look with their frames, instead of just cropping to the image. This is unlike the newly launched Art UK website, which admittedly does an excellent job of making all art held in public collections available online, but all the images are cropped to exclude frames.

A few examples below from the Yale Center for British Art.







Fine Trio of 19th C Frames




Saturday, 27 February 2016

This Green Earth - Exhibition at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery

An exhibition at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery called 'This Green Earth' showcases work by artist Bridget Macdonald alongside a very small number of works by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Claude Lorrain, and Samuel Palmer. 

The exhibition runs to 25th June 2016. A few examples of frames below.








Friday, 19 February 2016

Friday, 12 February 2016

Cherry and Oak


These two little oak frames have had an extension put on the back to make them into deeper box frames.


A frame made from cherry wood.

Name Plaque


An example of an antique name plaque, this one is a little unusual because the letters are stencil cut from the metal. 

Cassetta Frame


This 20th Century reproduction Italian cassetta frame has a lovely aged and distressed look to the gilded and painted design on the flat section. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Water Gilded Frame


Back Construction


Interesting backing frame construction on this 19th Century frame.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Royal Household - Frame Technician

The Royal Collection Trust, which is a department in the Royal Household have a two year position available for a Frame Technician. Full details on the Royal Household website:




Friday, 5 February 2016

Antique Carved Wood Frames



Four examples of antique carved wood frames.

Gold Beating (1959)





An amazing video from 1959 showing how the gold leaf we use to gild frames is made. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Display Case Frame






A carved display case frame that needs to be repaired and restored. It is fitted with bevelled edge glass which is very thick and heavy, far too heavy for such a frame that is intended to be opened and on small, and rather inadequate hinges.

Gilded and Painted


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Icon Frame

A Russian (probably) religious icon frame, with lovely distressed and aged gilding, not sure of age, I would guess around 18th C.

Antique Frame Styles

Good quality 20th C carved repro straight sided Louis XV frame. 

19/20th C Barbizon frame with an inexpensive metal leaf refinish.

Distressed Paint


I love seeing other framers work, just seeing what other people are doing and getting ideas. I get a lot of inspiration visiting art galleries to look at the frames, and I think this is one of the best ways to develop your own style. This distressed paint and gilded frame came in to the workshop for some minor repairs, and I like the overall effect.

Carved Frame


A fine carved 18th Century frame that has some damage to be repaired.

Pair of Frames


A nice matching pair of 19th Century composition frames that are sold, and now waiting to be restored.

Flammehøvl by Jan Brøndsted



I have managed to find the other ripple moulding video from a few years ago that I mentioned in my previous post. I originally saw it via Berit Møller's Frames of Interest blog which is sadly no longer running. There is a second video as well, really fascinating to see the process: