Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Framing: An Evolution in Styles!

Chers Amis de L’Ecole du Bon Goût, The framing of works of art had its beginnings with the contiguous raised moldings at the edges of Gothic paintings on wood panels and continued an evolution in the centuries to come, following the tenants of the styles of the day.

Sometimes the frame became almost as important as the artwork contained within it! See here photos tracing the evolution of bois dore frames from the late 17th century to the early 19th century in France. You will see that just like the furniture styles oscillated back and forth from tailored to complex and back again, the styles of frames followed this oscillation.

Today in my atelier in Uzés, I have about 100 empty frames ranging in age from the early 17th century all the way through to the beginning of the 20th century because when I have an art work to frame I want it to be in a frame of its period. One exception to this is modern photographs and portraits which I like to see in antique frames that work to harmonize with the image and its future location. Portraits of family members framed in antique frames will harmonize beautifully with traditional interior decors.

Besides the photos here tracing the framing evolution, see a selection of just some of the frames arriving in the July shipment of French antiques.

Remember to save the date of Sunday July 26 and time of 10 am to 4 pm for a reception here at Au Vieux Paris Antiques. We have much to celebrate!

Mes Amitiés,
Robert E. Smith

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See following a selection of just some of the frames arriving in the July shipment here at Au Vieux Paris

Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes amitiés,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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