National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation on behalf of her granddaughter Melanie Keech by Sue Course, Fellow, 2004
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
The frame is built on a lap-joined back frame with a mitred profile section forming the substance of the shape. The sight edge is defined by a large-scale ‘rope’ composition section pinned to a shelf on the profile. The frame is rendered in false gold oil gilding through to the back edge. The single ring for hanging is still in place at the centre top reverse.
Good original condition throughout.
45.0 x 59.0 x 4.4 cm; sight 34.0 x 47.8 cm
The frame is one of a pair by this maker on two paintings by the artist. This one makes use of a shallow scotia leading to a sight edge defined by a bold rope border. The border has a distinct relationship to the tall trees in the painting. The two paintings formed part of the furnishings of an apartment designed by Adolf Loos for Jacob and Melanie Langer in Vienna in 1903. Furniture from the apartment forms part of the collection of the NGV.1 The frames, which are both restrained, are remarkably intact and carry the label of the maker centre bottom reverse.
1 For details of the furniture see Decorative Arts in the International Collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003, p. 98.