Featured Frame of the Week

This week’s featured frame is a Régence carved giltwood frame purchased during one of Larry’s first buying excursions in Paris during 1980. While considering the purchase at the famed Paris flea market, Marché aux Puces, Larry was initially deterred by the vendor’s requirement that the purchase include the painting enclosed within: A curious, uninspired Swedish portrait. But after seeing Faye Dunaway examining the same pair of art objects, Mr. Shar decided to take the plunge.

18th-century Régence carved and gilt frame with elaborate pierced corner and center cartouches, rosette demi-centers on finely crosshatched panels and foliate slight edge
18th-century Régence carved and gilt frame with elaborate pierced corner and center cartouches, rosette demi-centers on finely crosshatched panels and foliate slight edge

A frame such as this, with its strong directional focus on the center of the picture plane, serves best for a painterly yet refined portrait that contrasts the frame’s delicate, florid structure. The below painting by John Singer Sargent is a fine example.

John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Charlotte Cram, 1900
John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Charlotte Cram, 1900

To learn more about the stories behind Lowy’s collection of over 5,000 antique frames, please call 212-861-8585 or visit www.lowyonline.com .

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