A combination of enamel guilloché in
an antique white and rich navy blue, this frame
is lavishly embellished with gold floral swags.
The exterior molding of the outer rectangular
frame measures 3.75 inches in width, and it
stands a shade under 5 inches high. The interior
frame, the oval, is formed of gold beading
and is 2.5 by 3 inches. It stands on small
bun-like feet and has a substantial easel that
is also decorated.
This piece is elegant, lavish
and typical of the 'Belle Epoque' period of
the late 1800's.
In those years royalty had a lifestyle that
was so lavish that it would be difficult for
someone of today to imagine it. The few in
each country that had great wealth also lived
lives of unimaginable opulence. They considered
themselves royalty in all but name and they
lived lives that rivaled those of the nobility.
In the United States an example of the way
they lived would be the "summer cottages" they
built for themselves in Newport, Rhode Island;
enormous mansions that dwarf everything about
them and that were filled with works of art
of every description. Hillwood, in Washington
D.C the home of the late Marjorie Merriweather
Post, is a perfect example of that sort of
life. It is now a museum.
Our price: $250.00.