Mid-19th Century double picture frame mounted on a gilt brass ormolu easel-back stand. The outside of the frame has a Pietra Dura (inlaid marble mosaic) plaque on the cover that opens by a side hinge revealing two bezel set photo enclosures which face each other when frame is closed. The interior photo slots have a glass protective cover. The gilt brass stand has pierced decoration with engraved leaves and pierced decoration on the front border of the brass cover. Originally sold to nobility and wealthy travelers as a Grand Tour souvenir in the mid to late 19th Century, these pieces today are sold in antique centers near the Ponte Vecchio in Florence or in shops that open to the Piazza Navonne in Rome and in the Palais Royal area in Paris. Even small examples of this remarkable art form are very high priced and are becoming more scarce and hard to find.
Dimensions: Outside measurement of frame is 6 1/2" high, 6" wide and 7/8" deep. Oval frame outside measurement is 4" long and 2 3/4" wide with interior photo slot measuring 3 1/4" long and 2" wide. Weighs 1 pound.
Condition: Very good to excellent Estate condition for age with expected patina on gilding from normal wear. The stone is slightly loose inside bezel and has a small amount of loss to the lower stems of the inlaid flowers. The hinge is tight and the frame opens and closes correctly.
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