Artcurial: sale of antique frames in Paris 2018

by The Frame Blog

…to be held on Tuesday 13th February 2018  by Artcurial. This auction includes frames of various periods and nationalities, and is combined with a group of Old Master and 19th century paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Some examples are included here; for the e-catalogue see Maîtres anciens et du 19th siècle.

Lots 5 to 7: Italian and French frames, 17th & 18th century 

Lot 5: a 17th century Italian Baroque limewood bolection frame ornamented with large-scale cross-cut acanthus on the back edge, with a shaped contour; smaller acanthus on the top/sight edge; 72 x 60 cm; estimate €4 – 6,000

Lot 6: Louis XIII-style bunched-leaf frame; reduced at some point (the corner junctures have suffered); 42 x 33 cm; estimate €6 – 800

Lot 7: Louis XIV carved giltwood oak frame, with dentil back edge; scrolling foliated strapwork with florets and leaf buds on the ogee; foliate & strapwork corner cartouches with diapered ground; sanded frieze; acanthus-&-leaf bud sight edge; regilded; 24 x 19 cm; estimate €1 – 1,200

Lots 13 & 14: Italian and French frames, 18th & 17th century

Lot 13: 18th century Italian Baroque limewood frame in late Régence-style, with ovolo-chain back edge; spiral leaf top edge; strapwork & shell corners; scrolling rinceaux with florets in the hollow; interrupted acanthus-&-bud sight edge; 80 x 62.5 cm; estimate €2 – 2,500

Lot 14: Louis XIII-Louis XIV flower-corner frame, with fanned lambrequin corners with sunflowers, poppies, roses, narcissi, violets & daisies, with hatched detail, all on a hazzled ground; plain reposes; acanthus leaf sight edge; 39.5 x 50 cm; estimate €1 – 1,200

Lot 27: French Rococo frame, 18th century

Louis XV Rococo frame, carved and gilded oakwood, with acanthus leaf back edge on a hatched ground; with layered rocaille, cabochon and foliate strapwork corners with diapered ground; with pierced leaf & rocaille centres; rinceaux and florets straying over a finely cross-hatched ground in the hollow; a small hatched frieze; opposed C-scrolls & leaf buds at the shaped sight edge; 51 x 42 cm; estimate €6 – 8,000

Lots 81 to 83: Italian & French frames, 17th to 20th century

Lot 81: late 17th-early 18th century Italian Baroque carved & polished walnut frame, with scrolling pediment; scrolling eared corners; palm leaves depending at the lateral centres; 48 x 33 cm; estimate €800-1,000

Lot 82: late 19th-early 20th century Tuscan frame, parcel-gilt carved oak and pearwood in the style of Pietro Giusti of Siena; outset corners with egg-&-dart top edge; corner cassettes with leafy rosettes in high relief; candelabrum ornament on the lateral friezes, and vertebrate foliate ornament on horizontal friezes centred on an angel at the top, and a pedimented cartouche at the bottom (some losses); rope moulding at the sight edge; stamp of Petralli on reverse; 46 x 36 cm; estimate €2 – 3,000

Lot 83: early 20th century carved, stained & polished armorial frame; corner cassettes with leaf buds on textured ground, supported by fern leaves; guilloche frieze; scutcheon at the crest with leaf buds on a crowned shield supported by greyhounds; s & d Antoine Goulleau of Fougères, 1915; 30.5 x 36 cm; estimate €4 – 600

Lot 85: 16th-17th century octagonal carved walnut frame, parcel-gilt and polychrome, possibly for a votive offering; with six cherubs’ heads set amongst stylized cloud, fruit or floral shapes, overall 39.5 x 49.5 cm; estimate €1,200 – 1,500

Lot 86: Italian leaf frame, 17th-18th century

Lot 86: late 17th-early 18th century Italian Baroque leaf frame; highly sculptural, pierced, undercut & carved in deep relief with scrolling and intertwined acanthus branches, supporting posies of flowers at the top corners; with a male mascaron crowned with a star & ornamented with a metal ribbon at the crest, and a female mascaron crowned with flowers at the bottom (possible representing Winter & Summer); finished with a grey wash; 73 x 59.5 cm; estimate €10 – 15,000

Lots 96 to 98: Spanish & Italian frames, 17th to 18th centuries

Lot 96: Italian (?possibly Spanish) 17th century reverse cassetta carved in limewood; centred spiral ribbon at back edge; frieze with undulating foliate, flower & peapod brocaded pattern picked out on a punchwork ground; centred husk ornament at sight edge; 97 x 69 cm; estimate €5 – 7,000

Lot 97: Roman Baroque ‘Salvator Rosa’ frame, late 17th century; stained & polished wood, parcel-gilt; with acanthus leaf-&-shield back edge; ribbon-&-stave; acanthus leaf-&-shield sight edge; 54 x 42 cm; estimate €3,500 – 4,500

Lot 98: Spanish or Neapolitan 17th century bolection frame, ebonized and parcel-gilt, with stylized corner acanthus leaves engraved against a coarsely-hazzled ground; 25 x 18 cm; estimate €6 – 800

Lot 103 to 104: Italian and Spanish frames, 16th to 17th centuries

Lot 103: Spanish bolection frame in Churrigueresque style, late 17th century, pinewood, with paired C-scrolled leaves carved in high relief and undercut, over a grey marbled ground; acanthus leaf corners; quatrefoil crest supporting a sunflower above a polychrome head; 93 x 73.5 cm; estimate €8 – 10,000

Lot 104: Italian ‘Sansovino’ frame, 16th century, symmetrical about both axes; scrolled, with sparse fluting  and centred on rosettes; stained or painted and parcel-gilt; 48 x 38.5 cm; estimate €3,500 – 4,500

Lot 105: Roman gallery frame, early 17th century, gilt and polychrome; 22 x 17.5 cm; estimate €800 – 1,000

Lots 120 to 122: Spanish and Italian frames, 16th to 17th century

Lot 120: Spanish polychrome bolection frame, 17th-18th century, with blue-grey marbling on the ogee and foliate & flower centre and corner panels; gilded top edge and red-painted cavetto at the sight; 141 x 92 cm; estimate €2 – 2,500

Lot 121: Italian (? Neapolitan) or Spanish Baroque bolection frame, with ebonized ripple mouldings on the back & top edges, the frieze painted in faux tortoiseshell; black-painted cavetto; ripple mouldings; silvered sight edge; 64 x 49.5 cm; estimate €2 – 2,500

Lot 122: probably Italian small aedicule, 16th or 17th century, with ornamental foliate columns and shaped sill; 44 x 31 cm; estimate €1,800 – 2,500

Lots 152 and 153: Netherlandish frames, 17th & 19th centuries

Lot 152: Netherlandish or German revival ripple frame, 19th century, in ebonized wood and palisander veneer; ripple mouldings at back and sight edges; 48 x 40 cm; estimate €800 – 1,000

Lot 153: ? Netherlandish small canted frame with ripple mouldings, 17th century, the frieze veneered in walnut; 12.8 x 9 cm; estimate €1 – 1,500

Lot 157: Flemish Mannerist polychrome and gilded plate frame, 16th century; the frieze decrated overall with an intricate strapwork design supporting corner and centre medallions, with an inscribed cartouche at the bottom; the corners with roundels painted with the four evangelists; the lateral centres with ovals painted with the Nativity on the left & Christ rising from the tomb on the right; a glory inscribed ‘IHS’ at the top; 54 x 51 cm; estimate €1,500 – 2,000

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