The frame is made from moulded composition decoration on a wooden chassis. It uses metal leaf on a red bole, with a textured ground on the inner scotia and a matte bronze finish with brown patination throughout the rest of the surface. This is a surface we associate with frames from the 1920s and 1930s. The frame is in a Louis XV style with swept edges and pierced corners. The corners, of composition, are built on metal armatures. The slip is painted black and appears to be original.
Good original condition throughout.
87.0 x 102.0 x 9.0 cm; sight 58.5 x 74.0 cm
The frame is one of the forms very often used for the presentation of paintings from the late nineteenth century onwards, taking its cue from the eighteenth century and using the methods of construction that became familiar in the nineteenth century. The surface and finish are more representative of the early twentieth century.
1 The label is a type identified by Paula Dredge and Lindsay Parker as dating c. 1921–22. (S. A. Parker Framing Works, AGNSW, 2004.)