Posted: 31 Mar 2020 by PML
With the help of the Paul Mitchell Photographic Archive, our two part essay explores the evolution of frames and their relationship to their architectural context, through time and across nationalities. Part 1 starts with their appearance in Egypt 3,500 years ago as the borders on wall paintings, and finishes with their opulence in France during the reign of Louis XIV.
Posted: 12 Nov 2019 by PML
Unlike Degas, a number of whose original frames have survived on the paintings they were made for, and whose sketchbooks containing profiles ...
Posted: 15 Jan 2018 by PML
Following on from Part 1 'Framing the Impressionists', we continue to look at the various periods and styles of frames chosen for the works of the Impressionists
Posted: 17 May 2017 by PML
A short essay looking at the various periods and styles of frames chosen for the works of the Impressionists
Posted: 10 Dec 2016 by PML
In the first part of this article (The Cassetta Part 1), its ancestors, structure and development were described, along with some of the decorative techniques used to ornament it, such as punchwork and pastiglia. In this article, our focus is on parcel gilt finishing, specifically looking at arabesque ornament and exploring its origins..
Posted: 27 May 2016 by PML
The cassetta is the most fundamental frame design, on which practically every other genre or pattern is based. It is usually translated, lazily, as a 'box' frame, which doesn't describe it at all. It could be more accurately called an 'encasing' frame, like a casement window; a rectangular border with a very simple cross section, usually with a flat central frieze surrounded on each side by mouldings.