It seems to be ever increasingly challenging to find elaborate Victorian molded frames in the original gilded finish that was applied at the time of manufacture. This type of frame was made in the mid-19th century. They were used to attractively frame important paintings and other pieces of fine arts such as silhouettes, drawings, and needlework, as well as mirrors.
This piece not only has a particularly fabulous design, but it also has its original slip with a beautiful soft lemon-gold patina. It is just luscious.
The depth of the molded outer edge is quite deep for this frame, measuring about 1-3/4”.
The gilding has attractively taken on a unique color and patina on its own on the molded edge. It is mottled just enough to add character and patination to the intricate design.
The design looks to be open flowers that are cascading one over the other with beaded third-dimensional balls interspersed between the flowers. It is simply a beautiful piece of Victorian workmanship, and it would greatly elevate any piece of art that was placed in it.
The condition is excellent for its age and type. There are a few minor imperfections. The main attribute is that it has no restoration or re-gilding, and therefore is entirely original.
It measures about 27-1/2” wide and 17-1/2” high. The inside rebate of the slip will allow you to place in a painting that is absolutely no more than 19-1/8” by 14-1/4”, unless the inner slip is removed. (If this inner slip needs to be removed, it would measure 20-1/4” wide and 15-3/8” high. As there is still a decorative molded design on the inside edge of the outside frame, a larger piece would still look good in it without the inner slip.)
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