Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze & Red Enamel Picture Frame in Original Travel Case
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AGE: C.1910 or so
ITEM: La Belle Epoch Indeed! Still nestled in its original travel case, here's a beautiful picture frame that I believe to be gilt bronze (yep, it's heavy). On the top, a border of dark red enamel over a guilloche (engine turned) background applied, at the corners, with a spray of florals. Original velvet back is present as is the glass - original nails (at least I think they are the original ones) are also present. The picture on the inside IS original to the frame but a bit more packing material (newer cardboard) has been added at the back.
The travel box shows discoloration to the front and back, and there is a bit of the canvas covering missing in a couple of areas. The inside silk lining on the left has been water stained, while the right is very nice with only a bit of shattering to the silk along the spine. Latch to keep the box closed works as it should.
CONDITION: No chips/cracks to the enamel nor dents/dings to the metal. Box is as mentioned above.
METAL CONTENT: Fire gilding over bronze, I believe.
HALLMARKS: None that I can find (and I looked everywhere!).
SIZE: From measures 3-1/2" x 4-1/2". Image size is 3: x 4".
FINAL COMMENTS: Judging by how beautiful this frame is I would estimate a French manufacture but I may be wrong. What I do know is that RED is the hardest color of enamel to find in any product as GOLD is one of the main ingredients. That is why there is seldom a selection of red enamel frames to find on the market. Well, here's one that I am sure will please some lucky person!
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