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: 13 Oct 2017 by PML
17th century Netherlandish paintings were framed in a variety of styles, adding to the interest of a hanging in the Dutch interior - which might be panelled with wood, hung with embossed leather, or painted in a pale, neutral shade. The foundation of the Dutch East India Company in 1602 exponentially increased the import of exotic woods, and encouraged the craft of the ebony worker ...
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 ...
Posted: 07 May 2017 by PML
The 'Master of The Annunciation to the Shepherds' was an anonymous painter active in Naples between 1620 -1640, and generally known for depicting scenes of the angels informing the shepherds about the birth of Jesus...
Posted: 20 Apr 2017 by PML
Judith W. Mann, Curator of European Art at Saint Louis Art Museum, initially approached us in regards to reframing their 'Portrait of a Woman’ by the Florentine Mannerist painter, Allesandro Allori..
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..!
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: 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.