A finely carved and gilded antique picture frame probably made in northern Mexico or the desert South West. The surface is deeply carved, and is gilded in 24k gold leaf applied over a dark red gesso base. The sides of the frame are also gilded. The frame is constructed from five pieces of heavy timber using mortice and tenon joining held in place by five pegs.
Height: 24.75/56.8cm, inner opening; 13.4”/33.4cm.
Width: 20.75”/33.2cm., inner opening; 9.6”/24.3cm.
This frame is constructed from a very dark, dense, and heavy wood, and the decoration and style of the carving is similar to that seen in Spanish Colonial and Mexican furniture of the early 19th century.
I cannot determine with certainty the age and origin of this beautiful frame. It is possible that it is early 19th century, but my ‘gut’ says it's later, most likely late 19th to early 20th century. Regardless, it stands alone in its own right as a lovely work of folk art.
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