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The evolution of frames and their relationship to architecture, PART 1

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.


FRAMING GAUGUIN: A short essay exploring the various frame styles chosen for works by Gauguin

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 ...


Reframing PICASSO's Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) (1937) for Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

Posted: 28 Feb 2018 by PML

Paul Mitchell were pleased to offer a rare 19th century French Louis XV revival frame for the the star lot in Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on the 28th February 2018


FRAME WATCH: Framing the Impressionists, part 2

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


Reframing portraits by RUBENS, Circle of Rubens and EWORTH for a Private Collector

Posted: 14 Sep 2017 by PML

This was previously framed in a later French Louis XIV / early Regence model. This overpowered the portrait due to scale of section width, corner-&- centre cartouches and elaborate decorative ornament in the frieze. The original finish has been altered over the years ...


FRAME WATCH: Framing the Impressionists, part 1

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


Reframing JACOB VAN RUISDAEL’S Landscape with Waterfall and Castle, c. 1670, for The Dayton Institute of Art

Posted: 12 Dec 2016 by PWM

We were approached by Dr. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan (whilst curator at The Dayton Institute of Art), in a bid to find this beautiful landscape by Jacob Ruisdael a soul mate..!


Loan frames for Sotheby's 19th century European paintings sale

Posted: 12 Dec 2016 by PML

Paul Mitchell are loaning frames for works by Liebermann and Corot in Sotheby's upcoming 19th Century European paintings sale, December 14, 2016


FRAMES: The Cassetta, Part 2

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..


Highlights from the Sotheby's December Old Masters Day and Evening Sales

Posted: 06 Dec 2016 by PML

We have selected our top frames from Sotheby's December Old Master sales, giving their full descriptions and their influence on the paintings.


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