National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Not on display
J. & T. Thallon 95 Collins St. East, Melbourne
This neo classical fluted frame uses composition decoration on a wooden base. It uses a laurel and berry torus ornament and a fluted inner scotia. The working edge is made by the addition of a strip of timber to the base profile, which is the common construction method. The slip fits into a shallow rebate. The overall section, when the slip is included, is broad for frames of this type.
The surface of the frame is not original. It has been re-gilded throughout.
175.0 x 235.5 x 14.0 cm; sight 121.5 x 181.5 cm
The series of dates outlined here offer an interesting perspective on some of the issues associated with framing of paintings in public collections. The painting dates from 1857, it was acquired in 1871 and the frame dates from the early 1880s. To date there is no record of the painting coming into the collection in a frame, though it is difficult to imagine it did not. The early purchases were often framed when acquired but equally there are records of accounts for frames being provided to the gallery from the 1870s. We should see this current framing as a re-framing by the gallery some ten years or more after purchase and reflective of the on-going challenge presented by this approach to paintings.