B855 - SOLD
This is a fantastic antique French gesso on wood picture frame dating from the 19th Century. It has distressed to perfection over the years. The paint & gilding have worn, the plaster is chipped and cracked but it is just GORGEOUS!
The frame is rectangular in shape and has a decorative raised border. The corners have raised shell and scrollwork with flower and leaf detail below.
The frame is painted and the paint has mellowed to many shades of a lovely sludgy grey. The paint has then further distressed over the years to reveal the red fontenay and gilding beneath. The gilding on the inner slip is peeling to reveal the dark paint beneath. The effect is breathtaking and could not be replicated.
The plaster on the frame is chipped and cracked in places (see pics) to further add to it's fabulous timeworn appearance.
Despite this appearance the structure of the frame is sturdy. The distressing is stable with only a little crumbling. Once the frame is in place this fabulous effect should be maintained for many years to come.
The frame measures :- 55 cm (21.5 inches) high x 48.5 cm (19 inches) wide.
An exceptional frame to add a château chic finishing touch to a picture or to just display and enjoy for it's fantastic architectural looks. Another divine antique French find from La Belle Étoffe!
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Possible delivery method: U.K. & France