Large Aesthetic Champlevé Frame
France c. 1885
Large tabletop frames from the Aesthetic era are rare, and this example – which is large enough to accommodate a photograph of approximately 10” x 8” – is very unusual. Decorated with colored enamels set into a fine gilt casting, a process known as Champlevé, this frame was undoubtedly made in France during the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Its lively scrollwork decoration is done in shades of turquoise, cobalt, green and ivory.