While somewhat similar to Italian frames, Spanish frames are known for their flamboyant style. Usually dramatic with gilt or polychrome finishes and sculptural carvings, these frames were also made with stark ebonized finishes on simple cassetta designs. The 17th century was the pinnacle of Spanish frame making. Lowy has over 400 examples ranging from the 16th – 19th centuries.
Punched / grannito / bulinatura– An intricate decoration made by “stamping”with small patterned punches to create a textured pattern on gilding in the panel of cassetta frames.
Receding/ Reverse profile– A type of molding profile in which the inside edge is deeper and slopes down to the wall at the outer edge pushing the picture forward from the wall.
Reeded– A frame design consisting of parallel rows of ‘reeds’ which was used extensively in late 19th century England and America and is often seen on frames used by James Abbott McNeil Whistler. It is the opposite of fluting.
Any antique frame can be resized or reproduced to fit your work