Baroque Period Hand Carved Frame of Extraordinary Scale, France circa 1750
The huge scale and lavish decorative carving of this antique wooden frame with a silver gilt and painted finish identifies it as being from the Rococo period. All carved by hand the frame originally enclosed either a mirror or painting and would have been installed in the public area of a grand dwelling. The sheer exuberance and sculptural quality of the carving is delightful and gives some idea of why this architectural and decorative style spread throughout the world in the eighteenth century. The cartouche at the top of this frame showcases a grandly scaled area known as a "boss" whose smooth and irregularly shaped section benefit from the silver gilt finish with its reflective quality. The totally asymmetrical carving that surrounds the boss draws the eye to its scroll like effect while its convex shape gleams. The upper and lower corners of the frame feature motifs such as shell shapes and "C" scrolls notable for their large scale and three dimensional impact. The artisan who brought this design to life also followed the creator's directive to use fully carved elements with open spaces in between in order to let light pierce the frame in a dramatic fashion. Simply superb as an object to display in its own right this frame could also be fitted with a mirror (subtly shaded to resemble antique mirror) or enclose a work of art if desired.
WIDTH: 71 in | HEIGHT: 75 in | DEPTH: 7 in
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