Stanford White Gilded Frame
Designed by Stanford White (1853-1906) c. 1900
Original period frames designed by the pre-eminent American architect Stanford White are extremely rare, and large ones of aesthetic design with original gilding are rarer yet. With its cast openwork outer diaper border and its symmetrically arranged inner face rope, this frame is similar to the original Stanford White frame on Thomas Wilmer Dewing’s 1902 painting, “The Spinet,” now at the National Museum of American Art. The fish scale pattern on the broad ogee of the present frame is, however, more elaborate than the simple cyma of the Dewing example. This superlative imbricated frame of characteristic one-piece construction is handsome and, with an opening size of 36 ¼” x 30 ¼” is also quite useful.