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The standard-bearer

The standard-bearer
(Der Bannertrager)
(c. 1882)

Medium
oil on wood panel
Measurements
38.4 × 25.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Germany
Inscription
inscribed in black paint l.r.: C. Seiler. (underlined)
Accession Number
p.310.5-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1884
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

With French Gallery (dealer), London, c. 1876–1884; brought by Henry Wallis, French Gallery proprietor, to Melbourne for exhibition, 1884; from where purchased for the NGV, 1884.



Frame

To date the only example in the collection of inlaid wood used as a decorative technique for a frame. The frame uses two different tones of gold to create a running leaf pattern on the flat. The pattern is formed within lines incised into the gesso and is continuous around the corners, centred at the top and bottom. The inlaid wood section, also matched at the corners, uses thick mahogany and rosewood veneers to create the pattern.
Both the form and the structure of the frame are unusual. The depth of the outer edge relative to the overall width gives the frame a solid, box-like appearance.
The painting is housed mid-way through the section giving the frame a relatively flat relationship to the picture plane.

Framemaker
Cole Bros.
2 Percy St. Rathbone Place London, W
Date
c.1882
Materials

timber base, gold leaf, wooden inlay, composition

Condition

original condition with some losses to the surface

Dimensions
over all 63 x 51 x 7.5 cm sight size 37.5 x 25.5cm