Sterling Silver Photograph Frames
Pair of novelty English sterling silver photograph frames modeled as Artists easel A frames.
Hallmarked from London in 1991.
Both in very nice order standing 112mm in height.
The square removeable front section lifts off the stand an a photograph can be slid in from the top, these measure 64mm across, area that would display image measures 45x45mm.
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Framing images is by no means a recent concept and has been practiced since the time of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. However, in these cases, the framing was simply a painted border around a piece of art to separate different scenes.
For example, one of the earliest examples of a solid frame was of wood and enclosed the ‘fayum’ mummy portraits. These are thought to be dated to nearly 2000 years ago.
During the 12th and 13th centuries, hand carved wooden frames began to appear. Likewise, small panel frames were commonly found in churches and were used to separate various scenes in paintings. Originally made from a single piece of wood, subsequently construction was from the cheaper method of strips of wood fastened together.
Silver Photograph Frames
Elaborate and artistic carved frames had begun to appear in homes during the Italian Renaissance. Altar frames were also produced which often included jewels and precious metals. Soon after this it became ‘de rigeur’ for those with wealth and status to commission religious paintings and portraits. This brought art and the associated frames into private homes.
With the advent of photography, photograph frames were developed and silver photograph frames became highly popular with the middle and upper class to showcase their wealth. In addition, since, silver is so hard wearing and resilient, there are still many examples of antique silver photograph frames available.