Artcurial: sale of antique frames in Paris, September 2018

by The Frame Blog

…to be held on Tuesday 25th September 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 & 6: French frames, 17th & 18th century 

Lot 5: an 18th century Rococo oak frame ornamented with an ovolo chain on the back edge, with swept top edge; pierced rocaille corners and centres; floral rinceaux; acanthus leaf tips at the sight edge; shaped sight; 63 x 52 cm; losses to gilding; estimate €2,000 – 3,000

Lot 6: Louis XIII-Louis XIV-style acanthus-&-flower frame in oak;  32 x 23.5 cm; estimate €1,000 – 1,500

Lot 9: French frame, mid-17th century or later

Lot 9: Louis XIII-Louis XIV flower-corner frame in pinewood, with projecting corners with sunflowers, violets & daisies, with details recut in the gesso, all on a hazzled ground; plain shaped reposes; interrupted acanthus leaf sight edge on a textured ground; 25 x 24 cm; estimate €800 – 1,200

Lots 14 & 15: French frames, 18th century

Lot 14: Louis XVI oval oak frame, with beading; plain frieze; leaf-&-dart sight edge; 58 x 47 cm; estimate €800 – 1,200

Lot 15: Louis XVI oval oak frame, with beading; plain frieze; rais-de-coeur at the sight edge; old hanger; 26 x 22 cm; estimate €400 – 600

Lots 28 to 30: French frames, 17th century

Lot 28: Louis XIII giltwood frame ornamented with a garland of bunched bay leaves & berries, centred on roses, on the top edge, with acanthus leaf corners; spiral ribbon; acanthus leaf tip at the sight edge; 62 x 73 cm; estimate €1,500 – 2,000

Lot 29: Louis XIII-Louis XIV flower-corner frame, with fanned lambrequin corners, pierced foliate scrolling and narcissus-like flowers, applied on a cross-hatched ground, with centre reposes engraved with flowers & leaves; leaf tip sight edge on a hatched ground; 32 x 42 cm; estimate €1 – 1,500

Lot 30: Louis XII carved giltwood frame, with flowered back edge; cross-cut acanthus on the convex top edge; flowered sight edge; 13 x 23.5 cm; estimate €400 – 600

Lot 36: French frame, early-18th century

Lot 36: Régence frame in giltwood, with enriched ovolo back edge; corner cartouches with ovolo garlands, scrolling foliage, sunflowers and reversed flowers, with palm branches; centre cartouches with sunflowers and trailing buds; centred bound fasces; acanthus-&-bud sight edge; 65 x 55 cm; estimate €4,000 – 6,000. This frame has strange proportions: it gives the impression of having been cut down, or having had the width of the rail enlarged.

Lots 57 to 59: Italian & Middle European (?) frames, 18th & 19th century 

Lot 57: Italian Baroque-style bolection frame, parcel-gilt and ebonized; 97 x 73 cm; estimate €400 – 600

Lot 58: Italian Baroque-style bolection frame, parcel-gilt and repainted with an imaginative green, blue and ochre marbling; 66.5 x 46.5 cm; estimate €700 – 900

Lot 59: 19th century Middle European polished wood architrave frame with outset corners, ornamented with mediaevalizing strapwork, scrolled cartouches and cabochons, with pierced scrolling crest and apron; painted panels of birds, flowers and butterflies inset into the corners and centre panels; 35 x 28.5 cm; estimate €600 – 800

Lot 63: Spanish frame, 17th century

Lot 63: Spanish frame in pinewood, with wide frieze decorated with undulating acanthus leaves in the corners, and rose-centred acanthus leaves in the centres of three sides, with a pierced scrolling foliate crest ornament containing a sculptural shell on the fourth side; 70 x 45.5 cm.; estimate €4,000 – 6,000

Lots 74 to 76: Italian & Netherlandish frames, 17th century 

Lot 74: Italian Baroque reverse frame, with wide frieze and bird’s-beak top moulding; parcel-gilt and ebonized, with banded top/sight moulding in the Sienese style; corner arabesques; 62.5 x 46 cm; estimate €2,500 – 3,000

Lot 75: Netherlandish cabinetmaker’s polished oak frame, with stepped and canted profile; 30 x 26.5 cm; estimate €800 – 1,200

Lot 76: Netherlandish cabinetmaker’s cassetta, veneered in ebony and inlaid with bone stringing; 22.2 x 16.8 cm; estimate €500 – 700

Lot 84: Italian frame, 17th-18th century

Lot 84: Italian reverse cassetta, with shaped flowered contour at the back edge; imbricated leaf moulding; frieze with enriched flower patera guilloche; running bayleaf garland at sight edge; parcel-gilt and repainted matt green; old hanger; 69 x 53 cm.; estimate €3,000 – 4,000

Lots 89 & 90: Spanish & Italian frames, 17th & 18th century

Lot 89: Spanish Baroque reverse limewood frame, painted with a brown faux stone or figured wood finish; old hanger; 93 x 66.5 cm; estimate €1,000 – 1,500

Lot 90: Italian Baroque bolection frame; parcel gilt and painted, with engraved gilt corner panels with foliate decoration, and reposes painted with a brown faux stone and ebonized finish; 78 x 50 cm; estimate €1,200 – 1,800

Lot 107: Italian frame, 19th century

Lot 107: Italian Mannerist revival style tabernacle, ebonized wood and ebony veneer with brass and bronze elements; outset corners; open triangular pediment holding framed stone plaque supporting a semi-circular pediment, with a bronze appliqué of the Holy Spirit; appliquéd cherub’s head on the frieze; corner and centre decorative appliqués; modillions with bronze mounts; apron with framed stone plaque, bronze plaques and mounts; the friezes are missing some elements; 21 x 14.5 cm.; estimate €1,000 – 1,500

Lot 123: Netherlandish frame, 19th century

Lot 123: Netherlandish revival 17th century-style frame; stained and veneered (possibly with fruitwood), including ripple moulding at top edge; the frieze ornamented with scrolling foliate bone inlay and stringing, with centre plaques decorated with lovers at top & bottom, and erotes at the sides; 37.3 x 28 cm.; estimate €800 – 1,200

Lot 126: Italian frame, late 19th-early 20th century

Lot 126: Italian Renaissance revival style cassetta, in stained wood with finely-carved vertebrate and scrolling ornament, relieved against a textured gold ground, of the type produced by known framemakers in Florence & Siena, and commissioned by Joseph Duveen to frame Italian OMs; 17.5 x 13.2 cm.; losses to the decoration; estimate €600 – 800

Lot 144: Northern or Neapolitan frame, 17th century

Lot 144: Bolection ripple frame in stained and polished pinewood; with multiple bands of ripple mouldings and complex astragal mouldings; 53 x 43 cm.; estimate €2,000 – 3,000

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