PRESENTING a FABULOUS Original and Rare, Art Deco Brass and Black Enamel Photo Frame.
Probably French and made circa 1925-30.
Brass/Ormolu Frame with inset black enamel panels.
The sides of the frame are decorated with an inset panel of parallel lines on all sides.
The front of the frame has an outer brass/ormolu, edging/banding of vertical lines between a series of cross ribbon designs.
This is replicated on the inner brass/ormolu, edging/banding.
Between the bandings, are inset black (glass like) panels with a large bouquet medallion on each side.
The front corners, likewise have ormolu ‘pillar’ style medallions.
It has it’s original glass and the rear is original, with some losses to the original brown velvet and repairs to the hinge stand. These help ‘prove’ that the piece is an ‘authentic’ … ‘period’ … Art Deco piece.
The frame front, is in near mint condition, as can be seen from the photos.
This is a VERY HIGH QUALITY photo frame and very few have survived.
Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) held in Paris in 1925. It combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
Art Deco was a pastiche of many different styles, sometimes contradictory, united by a desire to be modern. From its outset, Art Deco was influenced by the bold geometric forms of Cubism and the Vienna Secession; the bright colors of Fauvism and of the Ballets Russes; the updated craftsmanship of the furniture of the eras of Louis Philippe I and Louis XVI; and the exotic styles of China and Japan, India, Persia, ancient Egypt and Maya art. It featured rare and expensive materials, such as ebony and ivory, and exquisite craftsmanship. The Chrysler Building and other skyscrapers of New York built during the 1920s and 1930s are monuments of the Art Deco style.
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, Art Deco became more subdued. New materials arrived, including chrome plating, stainless steel, and plastic. A sleeker form of the style, called Streamline Moderne, appeared in the 1930s; it featured curving forms and smooth, polished surfaces. Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, but its dominance ended with the beginning of World War II and the rise of the strictly functional and unadorned styles of modern architecture and the International Style of architecture that followed.
Art Deco Brass and Black Enamel Photo Frame.
Provenance: From a Fine Dallas Estate, with Mansion built in 1929.
Condition: Very good original condition. See full posting.
Dimensions: Frame: 11.2 inches Tall, 9.2 inches Wide and 0.6 inches Deep