This magnificent antique frame is made in the Royal Louis XV style of the 18th century. This high-relief frame is adorned with finely detailed foliate shells, repeating at the corners and centers. It is nearly 41 inches high and just under 34.5 inches wide.
Frames from the Louis XV period featured extravagant decor, where curves and scrolls reigned supreme. Undulating elements such as curled leaves, scrolls, and shells, which were all featured heavily during the period, can be seen on this frame. Each corner is adorned with a large and imposing attenuated leaf and volute scrolls beneath a cupped acanthus leaf. Similar carvings grace the center of the straight edges. A repeating patterned molding with finely carved leaves are situated between the corners and center carvings, with every element maintaining the symmetrical balance. This visually stunning frame most likely once surrounded a painting. Today, wonderfully decorative Louis XV giltwood frame can be used to carry a painting or a mirror.
CONDITION: Good overall antique condition with some chips and losses to gesso as seen in photos. Some old touch ups of gold in areas with newer restoration work. Please see photos.