Ca. 1870 Antique Faux Tortoise Shell Frame For 8" X 10" Picture 19th Century
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Ca. 1870 Antique Faux Tortoise Shell Frame For 8" X 10" Picture 19th Century:
Antique Picture Frame
This is a complex two-part frame ; essentially two picture frames joined together to create a more elaborate, complex frame.
Old, hand-made flat-sided ( handmade ) nails hold the parts of the frame together.
( handmade flat-sided nails were rarely used after the 1880's )
This frame is around 140 to 160 years old.
Beveled ( curved / convex ) wooden frame with a layer of composition ( gesso ), which was painted with a faux tortoise shell design.
The inner part of the frame has a deep concave, curved inner surface, with two parallel narrow, concave inner lips.
The inner parts of the frame are gilt ( gold ), and the deeper gilt surface has an additional decorative pattern.
The frame has some small losses, and a few small spots of touch-up to the faux tortoise shell decoration.
( see the photos )
Frame dimensions :
Overall frame size, 11 1/4" x 13 3/16"
Picture size which fits well, 8" x 10"
Viewing area ( from the front ), 7 5/8" x 9 5/8"
Carefully Packed for Shipment to the Buyer