Page 3 - 1860s to 1880s
|Best - A beautiful Chinese carved (believed to be sandalwood) frame with intricate Chinese figures from the 1870s. This is an "export" piece, meaning that it was made for use outside of China, and in this case, made its way to North America. It is 18 x 21 1/2 inches od. and has an 11 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches pic. size.|
|Best - A superb mahogany and tiger stripe maple example from the late 1860s-1870s. One of my favorites. It is 16 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches od.|
|Unusual Size - ca.1865, Walnut oval with gold sight. The image is a very large photo of poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is 20 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches od. and has a 15 x 18 inch pic. size.|
Good - An 1870s walnut rustic-style. It is 14 1/2 x 16 inches od. Better - A beautiful walnut and stained oak made with heavy woods from the late 1860s-1870s. 14 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches od.
The 1860s-1870s introduced the elegant faux bois and faux tortoise finish on frames. It also brought about a group of frames that were called "Eastlake" design. Eastlake was the author of an 1870's book that suggested minimal decoration on furniture and frames. This decoration manifested itself on frames with minimal carved embellishments at the corners.
Best - One of the best faux-tortoise frames with a striking design. Made in the late 1860s to 1870s. 10 1/4 x 14 3/4" od. Mahogany, folk art, CDV frame in the shape of branches & leaf. Made around 1870. It is 6 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches od. with a 2 1/2 x 4 inch pic. size.
Very unusual Aesthetic frame, ca.1879. Condition is remarkable. It is 11 x 13 inches od. and has a pic. size of 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
One of the best examples - a mahogany and walunt folk/tramp art frame with porcelain buttons. Made ca.1875. It is 17 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches od. with a 8 x 10 pic. size.
Best - 1880 Chinese carved sandalwood frame with Chinese Dragons. Carving quality is excellent. It is 8 7/8 x 13 1/4 inches od. and has a 6 7/8 x 11 1/8 pic. size..
Best - An unusual (the unusual part is the gilded gesso decoration), ca.1870-80 hand-decorated, faux bois piece with a gilded gesso leaf design. It is 13 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches od. and has a pic. size of 10 x 12 inches.
Best of the Best- A stunning, Victorian, three-layer example with a criss cross beaded outer edge, silver gilt middle area, and gilded decorated inner section with linked chain. Made in the 1880s. It is 13 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches od. with a 8 x 10 inch pic. size.
Best - Rare leather leaves frame. Each leaf is formed in leather and nailed into the wooden frame. After the American Civil War, a naturalist movement was taking place. The products of this movement were rustic pieces that would fit in an Adirondack cabin. These are very difficult to find in good condition. It is 15 x 19 1/2 inches od. and has a 10 x 14 inch pic. size (rabbet).
A naturalist/rustic movement piece from about 1870. The wealthy decorated their rustic cabins in the Adirondack mountains with these pieces. Each leaf is formed in leather and nailed into the wooden frame. This is the first oval that I have found. It is 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches od. and has a pic. size of 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches.
Best - The Victorians were a staid lot. To escape the societally imposed propriety of the period, a naturalist/rustic movement began to assert itself. The wealthy were building hunting lodges that were decorated in a style for their rustic cabins in the Adirondack mountains. This is a rare, ca. 1870 leather leaves frame. It is 21 x 19 inches od. with a picture size of 14 x 17 inches pic. size.
Better - Burlwood with inlays from the 1870s-1880s. It is 14 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches od. Best - Pine cones & acorns from the 1870s-1890s. These were created as decoration for an Adirondack cabin. These are rare when complete as they are often found missing parts of the decoration. It is 12 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inch pic. size
Best - Two views of a very non-typical look for an Eastlake-decorated frame (note the decoration at the corners and other areas). It was made around 1875. It is 16 x 17 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inches image size.
Best - A high quality, Eastlake-decorated piece from the mid-1870s. There are two styles of Eastlake - the incised pattern-style (here) and the spool-style (to the right). It is 12 1/4 x 14 3/8 inches od. Best - A spool-style Eastlake from the mid-1870s. It is the best because it is very difficult to find this style of Eastlake. It is 10 x 13 3/8 inches od.
Better - An Eastlake-decorated faux-bois design from the mid-1870s. It is 12 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches od. Better - A typical look for an Eastlake-decorated frame from the mid-1870s. It is 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches od.
Better - A 3 layer example with an Eastlake-decorated inner section. Made in the 1870s. It is 14 x 16 inches od. Better - A faux tortoise with Eastlake decoration. Made in the 1870s. It is 11 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 pic. size.
Better+ - An attractive, hand-decorated, faux bois piece with a striking design. The incised designs in the corners & sides (the Eastlake element) indicate that it was made in the mid to late 1870s. It is 12 x 14 inches od. Better - A larger, faux tortoise with Eastlake decoration. Made in the mid-1870s. It is 18 1/4 x 24 1/2 inches od. and a pic. size of 16 x 20 inches.
Best - ca. 1875, incised faux tortoise w/red lip and outer edges and sight and with a painted tortoise finish on the outside edges (which is very unusual). It is 11 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches od. and has a 9 3/4 x 14 inch pic. size. Best - ca. 1875, incised, gold embellished Walnut with a beautiful crown. It is 25 x 52 inches od.
Good - Faux-tortoise, made in the 1870s. It is 10 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches od.
Good - Faux-tortoise with an Eastlake influence (note the small carved designs at the 4 corners). Made in the 1870s. 11 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches od.
Good to Better- Faux tortoise, made in the 1870s. 8 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches od. Good - Faux-tortoise and walnut, made in the 1870s. 12 x 14 inches od.
Better - A rather incredible three-tier piece that is 3 inches deep with decorated gilding from about 1870. All that gilding directs a warm light onto the image. It is 17 1/4 x 15 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inch pic. size.
Better - Walnut with an exceptionally wide golden inner cove (which is very unusual) and sight made in the 1870s. It is 12 x 14 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inch pic size.
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