Page 4 - 1900s to 1930s

Picture Frames

My book on picture frame collecting

Museum Gift Shop on pages 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d & 6e.


Unusual - An attractive 1840s-looking faux bois frame. It is 6 1/4 x 9 3/8 inches od and has a 5 1/8 x 8 1/4 inch pic. size. Additionally it has the faux bois design carried on the sides. Looking at the front, it looks 1840s. Looking closely at the back indicates (lacking darker color) it can not be as old as 1840 and is more likely 1880 or after.


Best - A beautiful American ca.1905, tramp art frame with gold stars and gold inner frame. This is one of the nicest tramp art frames that I have ever seen. It is 13 x 17 inches od. with an 5 x 7 1/2 inches pic. size.

Good - An attractive French-style piece from about 1905. It is 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches od. Recognize the man? It is Thomas Edison in his laboratory. Best - A brass Art Nouveau/Arts & Crafts table top piece from about 1910 made by S. Maco (Smith Metal Arts Co.). It is 8 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches od. and has an 8 x 10 inch pic. size

An unusual, unsigned bronze piece with flowers and a bug, ca.1905. It is 7 1/2 x 10 inches od.

Better+ - An attractive, gilded, Arts & Crafts-style frame from around 1910. It is 17 1/2 x 21 inches od. with a pic. size of 15 x 19 inches.

Better+ - A beautiful, hand painted, Oriental-style piece. It is 12 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches od. and has an 11 x 14 inch pic. size.

Best - Although a bit out of my collecting category, this is a superb, gilded-gesso frame with its original Charles Appel oil painting of lower Manhattan around 1900. It is 20 1/4 x 26 1/4 inches od. I bought it for the frame as it had a Dutch Windmill painting in it. When I went to clean it, I discovered this C. Appel underneath the other canvas. This is the original frame for this painting. Good - Another Charles Appel oil painting called "Coming Into Port" with its original frame, made around 1910. It is 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches od.


Better - A nice ca.1905, Art Nouveau, pie crust-style frame. It is 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches od. and has a 6 x 8 inch pic. size. Better - A beautiful Art Nouveau example from about 1905 with a piecrust-style frame. It is 8 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches od.

Best - An Edward Curtis 1904 Orotone of The Vanishing Race (Navahos on horseback), in an original Curtis batwing frame. It is 16 x 19 inches and has an 11 x 14 inch pic. size.

Better - An Art Nouveau model from about 1915. It is 10 x 13 inches od. Better - A cross-over piece with Art Nouveau and Art Deco influences made about 1920s. It is 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches od.


Good - A dark oak made in the Mission style about 1915. It is 12 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches od.

Good - Dark oak made in the Mission style about 1915. It is 11 1/2x 14 1/2 inches od.

Art Deco frames began to appear in the late 1920s. Several of my frames have original photographs (from the mid-1920s) by notorious photographer, Albert Arthur Allen. (please excuse the censorship)

Best - Beautiful Art Deco piece made about 1934. It uses two elements - decorated glass and silver-gilded wood. 10 x 13 inches od.
Better - A beautiful "batwing corners" piece made about 1910. It is 12 x 20 inches od. and has an 11 3/4 x 17 inch pic. size.

Better - Gilded Art Deco frame made about 1930. It is 9 1/2 x 12 inches od.
Good - An interesting Art Deco example made about 1935. It is 13 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches od.

Excellent, gilded Art Deco frame made about 1935, carved wood frame with great corners. It is 14 1/2 x 17 5/8 od. and has a pic size of 12 x 15 inches A 1920s-1930s Art Deco piece made of gilded and painted wood. It is 9 1/2 x 11 inches od. and has a 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch pic. size.


Better - A simple 1930 brass table top Art Deco frame. It is 4 5/8 x 6 3/8 inches od. and has a 4 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches pic. size, 3 x 4 3/4 inches visible.

Good - A 1920s-1930s piece made of walnut. 11 3/8 x 13 1/8 inches od.

Frames from the late 1840s to 1850s page 1

Frames from the 1850s to 1860s, page 2

Frames from the 1870s to 1880, page 3

Frames from 1880s to 1900, page 4

Faux Finish Frames, page 5b

Museum Gift Shop, page 6a

Museum Gift Shop, page 6b

Museum Gift Shop, page 6c

Museum Gift Shop, page 6d

Museum Gift Shop, page 6e

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