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Queen Esther
1878

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
213.5 x 170.3 cm
Accession Number
p.307.1-1
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1879
© Public Domain
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Frame

Edwin LONG
Queen Esther 1878
Framemaker
J. & W. Vokins
14 & 16 Great Portland Street,
London
Date
1878
Materials

The frame is made of two wooden profiles. The inner amounts to a slip but is overlapped on the front of the outer frame rather than sitting into a rebate. The working edge is established by the addition of a strip of timber. The frame carries a mixture of oil and water gilding finished with size to matte the surface, the raised half-round is lightly burnished. The outer section carries two composition friezes with gilding varying between yellow and lemon gold. The corners are mitres joined with tie bolts to facilitate assembly and dismantling for travel. 1

Condition

Good original condition throughout. The size layer on the gilding of the composition areas has discoloured and is flaking.

Dimensions
265.5 x 222.0 x 14.0 cm; sight 213.5 x 169.5 cm
Edwin LONG
Queen Esther 1878
About

This remarkable frame makes use of design motifs from the painting in the decorative elements of the frame. The ornament on the inner scotia is taken from the frieze on the base of the wall in the background, right. The motif on the leading edge is adapted from the ornament on the lid of the chest. The frame maker is identified by an invoice from John and William Vokins for: An ornamental Persian pattern frame in oil and burnished gold with part of ornament picked out in green gold and double gilt matt flat for picture of Esther put together with bolts and screws. A double gilt tablet with inscription written there on for above frame. The invoice is dated 6 July 1878 and the frame cost £32.14.0. The painting cost £1600.2

Note

1 There are a number of frames in the collection which use tie bolts across the corners to facilitate assembly. See also the frames on Aby Altson’s The Golden Age by Argellies (6-2) and James Quinn’s Nativity (98-2) by Havard (both framers from Paris), among others in this publication.

2 A large-scale Vokins frame, now sadly much altered through restoration, is found on Landseer’s The Earl and Countess of Sefton and daughter with horses and dog at Abbeydale (1825-4). Another Vokins frame, also altered by restoration, is found on Eugéne von Guérard’s Sydney Heads (A3-1986), though it is not the original framing of the painting and was likely put on the work in London.