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Antique French Opaline Frame, Flowers in Blue Opaline Glass, Ormolu Body & Easel Miniature Gem Frame
This type of little French portrait miniature frame is one of my all-time favorites, made with bent ormolu wire and casting framework onto which cast handmade opaline flowers have been mounted. I've had a few over the years, have a larger rectangle to match this one that is a carte de visite photo frame and they each date the same time, c. 1850-60, when the small earliest photos were being made. After that time, frames were mostly made larger for the emerging cabinet card photo's size. These little "gem" frames are fabulous collector's items now and add to your collection of antique framed family portraits (or mine) and tie those with objects you might also have in opaline or even the early Sevres blue porcelains, as you can see in our final image showing one is the grouping with this little frame.
Very good to excellent for age and type, we rarely see these anymore in markets, unless they're missing many of the flowers. The glass flowers are prong-set, as you can see. This one has its original easel stand in place, all of the undamaged glass flowers in place (none replaces, no restorations) and even the old original card backing. Tabs on back hold it all together, bend to anchor and are there. Glass is undamaged and in place and the frame is ready to house your favorite small photo. Our photographer showed it massively enlarged for your inspection. and it is just 2.75" tall, 2 3/8" wide with an aperture that is 1 7/8" x 2.5" oval.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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