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What is a Cassetta Frame and Why Should You Consider it for Your Contemporary Artwork?

March 27, 2020

3 minute read

Cassetta Frame
Cassetta Frame 1
Featured here is a 16th century cassetta frame and a 20th century cassetta frame.
Cassetta Frame 2

If you think that cassetta frames belong solely with antique frame designs and match only Old Master works, then think again. The timeless, classic style of the cassetta frame has been used consistently since the 17th century throughout Europe and later in America, and has gone on to inspire contemporary frame designs. As it happens, the cassetta flat-panel format works particularly well with contemporary art. Contemporary frames based on the cassetta format sometimes also incorporate the traditional cassetta ornament, which has been found to complement the works of artists such as Braque, Leger, and Picasso. One popular variation of the cassetta frame used today is a plain flat panel in modern burnished gold. You can view examples from our contemporary frame inventory which features frames from the 15th century through to the 19th century.

Wondering if a cassetta frame might just be the perfect match for your artwork? Lowy’s experts based in New York are here to discuss the framing solution that’s right for you. For questions or to schedule a consultation with our framing department, please contact us.