In 2014 Paul Mitchell Ltd were consulted by The Museum of Western European Art in Tokyo to re-frame their Madonna and Child by the Florentine Mannerist artist Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530). The contemporary style would have been a Tuscan Mannerist frame in parcel-gilt walnut. We had recently acquired a superb example of this period which appeared to be an ideal marriage.
The frame fitted the panel in width and to within one inch in height. The figures are seemingly supported by the shaped base of the frame which reinforces their sculptural quality. Furthermore the frame’s underlying geometry coincides with key points in the picture’s composition. These invisible lines show that structure of such a frame and picture were conceived to be mutually harmonising.
Due to the size discrepancy the museum commissioned us to produce a replica of this exceptional frame. The stages of carving, gilding and finishing are illustrated below.