Page 3 - 1860s to 1880s

Picture Frames

Museum Gift Shop on pages 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d & 6e.

 

Best - A beautiful Chinese carved (believed to be sandalwood) frame with intricate Chinese figures from the 1870s. This is an "export" piece, meaning that it was made for use outside of China, and in this case, made its way to North America. It is 18 x 21 1/2 inches od. and has an 11 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches pic. size.

 

 

Best - A superb mahogany and tiger stripe maple example from the late 1860s-1870s. You can't find a higher quality frame better than this. It has a 16 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches od.

Good - An 1870s walnut rustic-style. It has a 14 1/2 x 16 inches od. Better - A beautiful walnut and stained oak made with heavy woods from the late 1860s-1870s. It has a 14 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches od.

The mid-1850s-1870s introduced the elegant faux bois and faux tortoise finish on frames. It also brought about a group of frames that were called "Eastlake" design. The Eastlake Movement was a nineteenth-century architectural and household design reform movement started by British architect and writer Charles Eastlake. You can identify it by the small white or gold embellishments at the corners or center of the frame.

Best - One of the best faux-tortoise frames with a striking design. Made in the late 1860s to 1870s. 10 1/4 x 14 3/4" od.

 

One of the best examples - a mahogany and walnut folk/tramp art frame with porcelain buttons. Made ca.1875. It is 17 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches od. with a 8 x 10 pic. size.

 

Best - An unusual (the unusual part is the gilded gesso decoration with the faux bois graining), ca.1870-1880 hand-decorated, faux bois piece with a gilded gesso leaf design. It is 13 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches od. and has a picture size of 10 x 12 inches.

 

Best of the Best- A stunning, Victorian, three-layer example with a criss cross beaded outer edge, silver gilt middle area, and gilded decorated inner section with linked chain. Made in the 1880s. It is 13 3/4 x 15 3/4" od. with a 8 x 10" image size. Better+ - ca.1880. A very attractive, hand-decorated, faux bois & faux tortoise piece. It is 12 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches and has an 8 x 10 inches pic. size.

 

Best - Rare leather leaves frame. Each leaf is formed in leather and nailed into the wooden frame. After the American Civil War, a naturalist movement was taking place. The products of this movement were rustic pieces that would be at home in an Adirondack cabin. These are very difficult to find in good condition. It is 15 x 19 1/2 inches od. and has a 10 x 14 inches image size (rabbet).

 

Best - The Victorians were a staid lot. To escape the societally imposed propriety of the period, a naturalist/rustic movement began to assert itself. The wealthy were building hunting lodges that were decorated in a style that fit in with their rustic cabins in the Adirondack mountains. This is a rare leather leaves frame. Each leaf is formed in leather and nailed into the wooden frame. It is 21 x 19 inches od. with a picture size of 14 x 17 inches pic. size.

 

Better - Burlwood with inlays from the 1870s-1880s. It is 14 1/8 x 16 1/8" od. Best - Pine cones & acorns from the 1870s-1890s, all glued in place by hand. These were created as decoration for an Adirondack cabin. These are rare when complete as they are often found missing parts of the decoration. 12 3/4 x 14 1/2", 8 x 10" image size

 

Best - Two views of a a very non-typical look for an Eastlake-decorated frame. It was made around 1875. It is 16 x 17 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inches image size.

 

Best - A high quality, Eastlake-decorated piece from the mid-1870s. There are two styles of Eastlake - the incised pattern-style (here) and the spool-style (to the right). It is 12 1/4 x 14 3/8 inches od.
Best - A spool-style Eastlake from the mid-1870s. This style is actually very hard to find. It is 10 x 13 3/8 inches od.

 

Better - An Eastlake-decorated faux-bois design from the mid-1870s. It is 12 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches od. Better - A very typical look for an Eastlake-decorated frame from the mid-1870s. It is 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches od.

 

Better - A 3 layer example with an Oak outer surround and Eastlake-decorated inner section. Made in the 1870s. It is 14 x 16 inches od. Better - A faux tortoise with Eastlake decoration. Made in the mid-1870s. It is 11 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inch pic. size.

 

Better+ - An attractive, hand-decorated, faux bois piece with a striking design. The incised designs in the corners & sides (the Eastlake element) indicate that it was made in the mid to late 1870s. It has a 12 x 14 inches od. Better - A larger, faux tortoise with Eastlake decoration. Made in the mid-1870s. It is 18 1/4 x 24 1/2 inches od. and has a 16 x 20 inches pic. size.

 

Best - Incised faux tortoise w/red lip and outer edges and sight and with a painted tortoise finish on the outside edges (which is very unusual), made about 1875. It is 11 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches od. and has a 9 3/4 x 14 inches pic. size.

Good - Faux-tortoise, made in the 1870s. It is 10 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches od.

Good - Faux-tortoise with an Eastlake influence (note the small carved designs at the 4 corners). Made in the 1870s. It has an 11 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches od.

Good to Better- Faux tortoise, made in the 1870s. It has an 8 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches od.
Good - Faux-tortoise and walnut, made in the 1870s. It has a 12 x 14 inches od.

 

Better - A rather incredible three-tier piece that is 3 inches deep with decorated gilding from about 1870. All that gilding directs a warm light onto the image. It is 17 1/4 x 15 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inch pic. size.

 

Better - Walnut with an exceptionally wide golden inner cove (which is very unusual) and sight made in the 1870s. It has a 12 x 14 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inches pic. size.

 

Frames from the late 1840s to 1850s page 1

Frames from the 1850s to 1860s, page 2

Frames from the 1880s to 1900, page 4

Frames from 1900s to 1930s, page 5

Faux Finish Frames, page 5b

Museum Gift Shop, page 6a

Museum Gift Shop, page 6b

Museum Gift Shop, page 6c

Museum Gift Shop, page 6d

Museum Gift Shop, page 6e

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