National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Not on display
George Gough & Son 240 Albert St., Brisbane
The frame is built from a small wooden profile with a mixture of applied and impressed ornament. The surface has been covered with false gold and a dark patination, which has been rubbed back on the highpoints to reveal a paler surface. The leading edge carries a geometric pattern while the sight edge is a small pea and sausage motif.
The frame is in original condition with small losses to the surface.
57.6 x 64.0 x 2.0 cm
This very slight frame is characteristic of frame mouldings that were widely available in the early decades of the twentieth century. The label appropriately lists activities of painters, decorators and signwriters, as well as the trade in paint, ironmongery and artists’ materials; an eclectic mix of activities. The framing businesses that proliferated in the second half of the nineteenth century drew on a wide range of activities to remain viable. Where many listed restoration as part of their business, others would be closely linked to interior decoration. The style and appearance of frames that are selected by frame makers often relate strongly to interior design and decoration.