John Thallon 109-111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
The frame is built using composition ornaments applied to a wooden chassis. The torus of imbricated laurel and berry and the pattern work on the inner scotia are in composition. A mixture of oil and water gilding has been used. There is a small, sanded flat toward the sight edge.
Good original condition, retains original surfaces and articulation of gilding.
83.1 x 123.6 x 11.0 cm; sight 48.7 x 90.5 cm
This is one of three Thallon frames on watercolours by Mather in the collection. Each one is a version of ornate gilded frames, which are more common to oil paintings. In each case the watercolour is framed to the edge of the slip without a window mount. In this case the frame is reminiscent of the ‘Rolando’ frames made popular by Thallon for paintings by Charles Rolando. (2004.24) See also the entries for Evening, Brighton Beach (2003.475) and Wintry Weather, Yarra Glen (15-2).
1 Hilary Maddocks, ‘Picture Framemakers in Melbourne c. 1860–1930’ in Vol. 1, Frames, Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art, University of Melbourne Conservation Service, 1999.