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When the fleet comes in
(c. 1923)

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
50.8 x 60.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Concarneau, Brittany, France
Accession Number
1530-3
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1925
© Thompson family
Gallery location
Not on display

Frame

Sydney THOMPSON
When the fleet comes in (c. 1923)
Framemaker
J. W. Gibb
105 Cashel Street,
Christchurch, New Zealand
Date
(1923)
Materials

The frame is assembled from three wooden sections. Each section appears to be a component that might be used on its own, but all are here brought together to form one unit. The leading edge of the outer section carries composition moulding in a pattern of wavy lines. The bevelled flat section is curved deeply on the reverse, suggesting it might otherwise have formed a frame on its own. The last section of the frame is an ovolo running to a fillet at the sight edge. The whole surface is finished in false gold, which has been patinated.

Condition

The frame appears to be in good original condition.

Dimensions
67.0 x 77.0 x 5.0 cm; sight 49.5 x 60.0 cm
Sydney THOMPSON
When the fleet comes in (c. 1923) Sydney THOMPSON
When the fleet comes in (c. 1923) (colourman)
About

The frame reflects the Art Deco style, particularly the design of the leading-edge ornament. It is unusual in being assembled from stock sections, making clever use of available framing elements to form a satisfying whole. This type of assemblage, using available profile sections, remains common practice in various forms to this day. It is the only frame by a New Zealand maker identified in the collection.