A cluster of little French frames with your favorite photos can be the most precious tabletop or desktop collection ever. This is a fabulous one of very fine quality, - heavy! It is made by and was offered for sale by famed Paris purveyor, Alphonse GIROUX. Anything with the GIROUX marks, foundry or otherwise, rises to top shelf in any antiques store, including ours. It dates to Napoleon III era (Victorian) and can either be used on a separate small easel, or hung on wall. This one is mid-sized, elegant and ornate like a gem or jewel frame, really. Heavy cast bronze, c. 1850-70s. Frame is 5 3/4" x 4 1/8" oval, plus the elaborate bow top.
Very good to excellent condition throughout. It has cover glass in place, and the artistry of it makes it a focal point of any collection. Louis XV wreath top styling, acanthus. It still has its original cover glass, ready for you to put it to use. Substantial, it's heavy, and the back easel is fully intact. Look at the intricate layering of cut rounds, the dragoon, the fully sculpted bow top. Exceptional in all ways. Even has an inner mat. You can use with mat and have a 3" x 2.5" oval aperture, or remove it for a larger aperture. But do not lose it. It's part of the value and charm. Full measurements noted on the photos.
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