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A beautiful example of Art Nouveau design, this unusual double picture frame dates from 1900-1910. It comes from Paris.
This solid bronze frame has been cast from a mold. It features two curvaceous openings which lean to the right and left. In the center of the frame a tall group of flowers with long stems and leaves comes up from the top of a vase. To the left, right, and top and bottom of the openings are wide groups of tulip-shaped flowers leaning toward the openings. The top middle has a crown of flowers and stems. The foot of the frame looks like roots of a tree. All the designs are in high 2-D relief giving a sculptural effect to the frame.
The back has two separate easels which hold the square glass pieces into place (the glass slides down into the easel. There is a long and decorative picture stand.
We have pictured the frame with two paper photos for display purposes only. The photo slides behind the glass and "peaks" through the openings. The frame measures: 10 1/2" wide at the widest point, 7" deep when standing, 7 3/4" tall at front center. The glass pieces measure 4 1/4" x 2 3/4". The openings each measure: 3 1/4" x 2 1/4".
The frame survives in good and solid condition. All the original screws are present. The folding leg works properly. The glass pieces are without surface cracks or chips (the edges are a bit rough as they were cut with a nipper). The brass can be polished to brilliance but we chose to leave the patina of time for the present, leaving the decision to polish to the final owner.
It is a very romantic frame, perfect for historical or modern loved ones.
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Antique French Bronze Double Picture Frame
French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings