The principal publications by Paul Mitchell Ltd, in association with Merrell Holberton Ltd, are:

FRAMEWORKS: Form, Function and Ornament in European Portrait Frames
Paul Mitchell & Lynn Roberts
ISBN 185894 037 0 480
480pp, 374 illustrations, 297 colour (1996)

FRAMEWORKS is the first full scale study of picture frames presented stylistically rather than by nationality. Lavishly illustrated, with nearly 300 colour plates, it reproduces major paintings with their frames from collections worldwide. Illustrations of contemporary interiors, furnishings and objets d’art set the frame in its context and reveal how styles evolved across national boundaries. The outstanding quality of the illustrations brings the craftsmanship of the carving and the gilding vividly to life. This is one of the most exciting visual adventures in art historical literature.

'‘....a huge and scholarly volume on European portrait frames ... a highly thought provoking book that cannot fail to have a profound influence on art scholarship and museum practice.'

Antiques Trade Gazette

‘... pure delectation, avec des superbe illustrations...’

L’Art Plein Cadre

‘...cet imposant album retrace ainsi revolution stylistique d’un art decoratif...’

L’Objet d’Art

‘...a gorgeously illustrated study...[a] fascinating and well- researched book...’

Birmingham Post

A History of European Picture Frames
Paul Mitchell & Lynn Roberts ISBN 185894 036 2 136 pp, 48 mono illustrations, 5 line drawings (1996)

This panoramic survey of frame styles, classified by nationality, represents the culmination of more than 20 years’ research and the creation of an immense photographic archive of information. First commissioned from the Macmillan Dictionary of Art, it has been republished independently in acknowledgement of its pioneering status. The diagrams of over 250 frames are drawn directly from works in their original or contemporary settings, creating a visual pattern book which is complemented by the wide historical range, factual depth and new research included.

‘...massive and many-layered...’

Burlington Magazine

‘ of the most comprehensive and informative books on the subject that I have come across....The line drawings are superb...’

Art Business Today

‘...a substantial scholarly text...[an] authoritative reference book...’

The Picture Restorer

‘...le complément indispensable de ce trés beau livre [FRAMEWORKS].’


FRAMEWORKS and A History... are companion works and may be purchased directly from Paul Mitchell Ltd.


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