My favorite type of Antique French frame, and this one is not only huge, but magnificent, fine condition, rare appliqués. It is in the manner of Napoleon's French Empire, but it would be from c.1850-70, Napoleon III revival, or 2nd Empire. It's rare, indeed, to find one of these superb old ones in such fine condition, the leather clad backing and easel stand entirely there and without deterioration or loss, the beautiful old wood in such nice form, and all trim and appliqués complete and in place. Notice the figures up top, a pair of dragons, or griffen, gryphon, drink from a fountain. These winged mythical figures are so rare to find and this appliqué is particularly elegant in form and craft. The frame has its glass, and an inner mat with a brass edging. The green panel is just a piece of wonderful old French silk fabric, looks quilted 'til you see the backside. Even that is lovely! All measurements are noted on the photos. You can use the entire aperture or a smaller photo using the mat.
Excellent condition throughout for age and type. I use and collected this type of French frame for decades now, and these in large size, in superb condition, are just so rare. A thrill to locate this one! I'm supposed to be downsizing, but in fact, I'm trying to decide which of our family photos will go in this one. If you love it, you'd better buy it before I put it to use here at home. In final photo I've grouped a few, but most of mine are larger like this and hang on the wall. This one would need a little addition apparatus in order to be wall-hung, though even a string run through the top of the easel back, extending up 6" or so would work. Isn't it just too beautiful!
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