Featured Frame of the Week

This week’s featured frame is an extremely rare piece designed by Childe Hassam (1859-1935), the American Impressionist painter. The distinguishing features of this frame are its basketweave-patterned corners, rippled panels, and reeded slight edge.

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Hassam was very involved in the framing of his works and tried a wide variety of styles throughout his career. However, he preferred a flat style, such as that of the frame shown above. This was also the style favored by James McNeil Whistler, who he admired, although Hassam did not adopt Whistler’s use of a signature mark. Instead, Hassam is the only American artist known to have incorporated his initials in the design of his frames. In the above example, “CH” is carved into the centers of the outer frame edges.

This frame and the one below were made for Hassam by several frame makers including Albert Milch and the Royal Art Framing Company. They were used selectively by the artist for the rest of his life. The example shown below displays the subtle detail and elegance of his unique style in both frame design and painting.

Childe Hassam, The Flower Seller, oil on board, in a carved giltwood frame made by Carrig-Rohane in the early 20th century
Childe Hassam, The Flower Seller, oil on board, in a carved giltwood frame made by Carrig-Rohane in the early 20th century

For more information about Hassam frames or any other frames in Lowy’s inventory, please call 212-261-8585 or visit www.lowyonline.com.

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