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The golden age
1893

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
141.5 x 250.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Accession Number
6-2
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the artist under the terms of the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship, 1895
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 6
Level 2, NGV Australia

Frame

Aby ALTSON
The golden age 1893
Framemaker
Argelliès
73, Rue de Rennes, Faubourg Saint-Germain
Paris
Date
1893–95
Materials

The frame is made from composition ornaments on a wooden base. The profile of the wooden base is shaped from a section made up of a number of pieces of timber, nailed and glued together. A mixture of matte and burnished lemon-coloured leaf gives a distinct colour and reflective quality to the frame. The corners are mitred and secured with dowels and tie-bolts to facilitate dismantling into four component sections and re-assembly after transport.1 The corners are also secured across the reverse with dovetail splines, which render the assembly more permanent. The major ornamental moulding of fern leaves has a repeat of 19.0 cm. This section is also cut through at the corners without alignment to the adjacent part, reminding us that these are long strips of ornamented profile cut to length.

Condition

The frame is in good original condition throughout, retaining the original articulation of surfaces.

Dimensions
185.5 x 295.0 x 12.6 cm; sight 138.2 x 247.5 cm
Aby ALTSON
The golden age 1893 Aby ALTSON
The golden age 1893 (colourman)
About

The painting is one of the travelling scholarship pictures, (this one the scholarship for 1895) painted in Paris and despatched to Melbourne. It is one of the few reverse-profile frames in the collection and the only one to carry this lemon/gold finish. The leaf patterns are suggestive of art nouveau influences though the frame itself is more conventional in form. It would have been an expensive frame for an art student at the time.

Note

1 The use of tie-bolts for assembling the corners of the frame suggests it was made for travel. There are several frames in the collection with a similar method of assembly to facilitate dismantling. Notable among these are: John Longstaff‘s Burke and Wills (343-2); Arthur Louriero’s A vision of St. Stanislaus (99-2); the Stevens’ frame for Charles Cope’s The Pilgrim Fathers (p.300-10-1) and Stevens’ large-scale frame for James Webb‘s Rotterdam at Sunset (p.302.1-1); the Vokins frame on Edwin Long‘s Queen Esther (p.307.1-1); along with the elaborately carved mid C18th English frame on Murillo‘s The Immaculate Conception (1826-4). The C18th French frame on Poussin‘s The Crossing of the Red Sea (1843–4) uses mortise and tenon corners, which are secured with screws, as does the Pollak frame of 1955 on Tiepolo‘s The banquet of Cleopatra (103-4).