This antique French Empire style picture frame is huge! If you need to house a large photo or miniature painting this could be just what you need. The mat is a warm brown velvet with glittering Empire style ormolu applied decoration. The back of the frame is pink moire silk with an easel stand. The backing is held in place with tiny brass pins/nails through the frame sides. It's a very large one at 14" tall x 10.5" wide overall with a picture area of about 8" x 6". Finish has darkened somewhat and worn to an attractive patina.
This frame isn't perfect, however a frame this size might be twice the price if it were. The issues are mainly with the fabrics and mat backing. There is moisture damage to the upper left.The velvet has pulled away from the mat(has a bubbled look). The mat backing is damaged and partially missing in that corner. An ormolu ornament has come loose from the mat on the left side. Backing silk is rippled.
Restoration would be fairly easy for someone with the right skills. It's on my project list :-), but until I get to it I'm offering it as is. It's actually super pretty just as it is if you don't mind the flaws.
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