Part of my own history includes my father's collecting interests. Of the many art and antique objects Dad acquired, his large collection of original Sir Lawrence Alma -Tadema paintings was at the top of the list. Dad (AKA Allen Funt) was a well known figure in TV and he created the show "Candid Camera", which later in life earned him the title of the father of reality TV.
This amazing frame was in his collection with the painting "Caracalla AD211" in it. You can see an image of the painting the frame was made for in the photos here. In the early 1970's Dad sold all his Alma -Tadema paintings through Sotheby's London, but kept a few of the frames with photographic reproductions of the paintings in them to enjoy a small souvenir of his collection.
A couple of years ago this frame and the other frame I am listing went up at Sotheby's New York and didn't sell. I feel frames are not necessarily on people's radar in an auction primarily of paintings - and so few exist that are as special as these are, so I feel they simply didn't reach the right customer the first time around - so now I'm listing them here.
This frame was designed by the artist himself and made by his framer Thomas Maw of London, for Carcalla: AD211. After its first showing at The Royal Academy in 1902, Carcalla was selected for exhibition at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. So, this very frame was exhibited at the famed St. Louis World's Fair showing off its wonderful work of art.
The sight size of the frame is 8 7/8" by 15" - section 3 3/8".
Please note the artist's monogram at the top and the name of the painting below both carved into the frame. The photos also show an old label on the back. The condition is appropriate for its age. Nothing in a photo could show how really splendid it looks in person. This and the other frame I listed are just truly rare finds.
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