This polychromed frame was hand-carved in Florence, Italy, in the 1800’s. Intricate carvings gracing all four sides is typical of frames made in this part of Italy from the 1600s to late 1800’s.
Both sides are adorned with airy and graceful foliate stalks with curled leaf terminals. Dotted amongst the pierced vegetation are several C-scrolls, as well as a scalloped shell at the base. All the carvings are polychromed, with traces of brown, gold, and black hues. The top of the frame has a large, curled leaf rising above the rest of the leaves and scrolls. A thin molding surrounds the opening and there is a scrolled brass plaque at the bottom of it that reads “A. Mantegna”. Andrea Mantegna was a famous Italian Renaissance painter, known for his frescoes and paintings. The plaque, which is not original to the frame, was likely added by a previous owner that had possession of a small Mantegna painting.
The Martegna plaque is affixed by two small nails for easy removal, allowing our 19th century Florentine frame to be used with a small painting or mirror. Sight measures 14H x 9 1/2W.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including fleabites and light separations. Minor buildup and losses to paint, with old repairs and touchups. An eyelet has been installed on the back for hanging.