CHAMPLEVÉ PICTURE FRAME
France c. 1890
Animated in the figure of its profile, as well as in the subtle modeling of its planar surface, this elegant frame features extraordinary inset enamel, or Champlevé, decoration in a fine gilt bronze casting. Champlevé had become popular and highly prized in France during the third quarter of the Nineteenth Century, and this distinctive example was probably made by Ferdinand Barbedienne, whose foundry is known for some of the best work of this type.
Champlevé enamel and gilded bronze with decoration in shades of turquoise, ruby, ivory, indigo and olive. Cartouche and corners with shaped relief. Easel back.
Small stress crack to right foot. Original easel back.
SIZE: 9-1/2” h x 6-1/2” w; inner opening 5-1/4” h x 3-5/8” w
CALL NUMBER: 469-III-Af