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#70 French ART NOUVEAU Frame - Gilt Bronze, Red Enamel, Original Travel Case
French ART NOUVEAU Frame - Gilt Bronze, Red Enamel, Original Travel Case

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AGE: C.1910 or so

ITEM: La Belle Epoch Indeed! More than likely made in France and still nestled in its original travel case, here's a beautiful picture frame that appears to be gilt bronze (yep, it's heavy). On the top, a border of dark red enamel over a guilloche (engine turned) background with applied at the corners, a small spray of florals. Original velvet back is present as is the glass - original nails (at leas,t I think they are the original ones) are also present. The picture on the inside IS original to the frame but a bit more packing material (newer cardboard) has been added at the back. To display the frame you simply open the case and prop the case on a desk. Of course, if one wants to "prop" the frame up without the case, then an easel back would need to be inserted in place of the plain backboard back.

CONDITION: No chips/cracks to the enamel nor dents/dings to the metal. The travel box shows discoloration to the front and back, and there is a bit of the outside canvas covering missing in a couple of areas. The inside silk lining on the left has been water stained, while the right is very nice with only a bit of shattering to the silk along the spine. Latch to keep the box closed works as it should.

METAL CONTENT: Fire gilding over bronze, I believe.

HALLMARKS: None that I can find (and I looked everywhere!).

SIZE: From measures 3-1/2" x 4-1/2". Image size is 3: x 4".

FINAL COMMENTS: Judging by how beautiful this frame is, again, I would estimate a French manufacture but I may be wrong. What I do know is that RED is the hardest color of enamel to find in any product as GOLD is one of the main ingredients. That is why there is seldom a selection of red enamel frames to find on the market. Well, here's one that I am sure will please some lucky person!




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