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 formed from a shallow timber scotia to which a sight edge strip of carved and gilded timber has been added. The strip is pinned to a shelf on the profile with a strip of ply on the underside to extend the rebate. The scotia section is ebonised and relieved at the outer edge by a step and at the inner edge by a course of three reeds. Timber profiles like this were stock items in trade catalogues.
Good original condition throughout.
68.2 x 76.7 x 3.5 cm; sight 53.5 x 82.0 cm
The frame is one of a pair by this maker on two paintings by the artist. This one refers back to the Dutch frames of the seventeenth century, making use of an ‘ebonised’ surface on the shallow scotia of the body of the frame and elaborating the sight edge with a fine scale, gilded decorative element. The stark simplicity of the frame is relieved by the elegance of the profile and it’s harmony with 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 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, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003, p. 98.