19th Century European Paintings Gallery Level 2, NGV International
Chapman Bros. 241 King's Rd. Chelsea
The profile of the frame is cut from a single piece of wood, which is mitred at the corners and joined to a back-frame which is lap-joined. The inner and outer edges carry small composition borders. The corners are elaborated with scrolled leaf forms and small cabochons. The frame is finished in false gold and ormolu size.
The frame appears to be in good original condition throughout.
The frame is an example of the hybrid styles emerging from the nineteenth century. Loosely based on the Queen Anne style bolection frame, it uses corner embellishments that cross between rococo and neo-classical, all on a reduced scale, particularly on the width. Nevertheless, the frame forms a harmonious relationship with the painting.