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The centre of the Empire
(c. 1935)

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
63.6 x 76.2 cm
Accession Number
379-4
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1937
Gallery location
Not on display

Frame

Charles BRYANT
The centre of the Empire (c. 1935)
Framemaker
Young & Lucas
33 Foster St,
Sydney
Date
c. 19351
Materials

The basic profile of the frame is timber, with the scrollwork and all the decorative elements worked in composition. All the flat surfaces are textured with sand. The surface is false gold, patinated.

Condition

The surface appears to be original. There are some areas of repair in the composition.

Dimensions
81.5 x 94.0 x 9.5 cm; sight 62.0 x 74.5 cm
Charles BRYANT
The centre of the Empire (c. 1935) Charles BRYANT
The centre of the Empire (c. 1935) (colourman)
About

The frame is a reworking of the Louis XV style and represents a type of frame which was economically produced but ornate in appearance. Frames like this reflect a taste for the rococo that has made its way to the present day.

Note

1 Young and Lucas first appear in the Sydney trade directories in 1923 and are listed through 1933. (See Paula Dredge, ‘Sydney Trade Directories 1843–1932: Carvers, Gilders and Picture Framemakers’, in vol. 1, Frames, Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art, University of Melbourne Conservation Service, 1999.