When I started collecting and studying period frames in earnest in the early 1980s, they were still being discarded with the daily trash.
Learning about the frames then was an uphill struggle with little information readily available.
Over the next few years major work will take place at Knole meaning that not all the pictures will necessarily be accessible as described in this guide.
Knole is incomparably rich in the finest early seventeenth-century English furniture.
Today, nearly 25 years later, there is a growing body of scholarship available: books, videos, exhibition catalogs and essays.
Values noted are “current retail replacement values,” or what a person can expect to pay if seeking such frames for artworks at a dealer in frames.
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This guide was produced on the occasion of a lecture by Jacob Simon at Knole in November 1998 and has been revised December 2013.The wide margin between what a dealer will pay when purchasing frames for their inventory and what the frames may ultimately retail for is influenced by several factors unique to frames. There was little standardization in painting sizes during the 19th century, so few frames fit without alteration.Sensitive and competent alteration of period frames is a costly and labor-intensive process that must be executed properly for frame value to be maintained.Although reading this post won’t make you an immediate frame expert, it will give you some easy to remember tips on what to look out for and how to begin to differentiate high quality from low.There are three major categories of picture frames that have an antique look.It is sometimes forgotten that the collection is almost as rich in magnificent early picture frames.