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 Tabernacle frame was in my father's collection with the painting "Golden Hour" in it (painting pictured in the above photos). 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 Golden Hour in 1908.
The sight size is 14" by 13 6/8" - section 4". The condition is appropriate to its age. The back has a couple of old labels and a name penciled in. All in all - this and the other frame I listed are just plain rare finds.
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