LARGE AESTHETIC CHAMPLEVE 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.
Champlevé enamel and gilded bronze. Turquoise background with decoration in shades of indigo, salmon, green and ivory. Easel back.
Various repairs to enamel at stress cracks on feet and at corners.
SIZE: 14-1/2” h x 11” w; opening 8” h x 5-5/8” w
CALL NUMBER: 456-III-F