Are Antique Picture Frames collectible or just, overrated? An old picture frame is one of those things that are sadly ignored by most of the general art collecting public, especially in North America.
Years ago, most older frames were recognized as pieces of art and, in their own right were priced accordingly. Now in today’s market, they are generally a forgotten item. Which means, you can pick up these beautiful old frames for a very low dollar price.
Look past the farmer and his wife.
But remember, you have to look past the Portrait of the old farmer and his wife and just look at the quality, handmade, and in some cases, hand-carved frames.
If you collect any type of masterpiece, whether it’s a lithograph, watercolor, or even oil painting and proudly display them in galleries or in the foyer of your home or business. Then you should consider that time period of frame to complement your artwork.
Things to note on good old frames.
- They could very well complement your old picture or the painstaking oil portrait that you just finished of your favorite Auntie.
- The average public back then could not afford these handmade, hand-carved frames so most were bought by wealthy clients.
- Also note: don’t be discouraged if they are a little rough around the edges. You can still buy products today to repair damaged old frames.
Some of these older frames are good examples of folk art, while others can be dated to a particular style (Art Deco, Faux Bois) or time period. Frames are one of those items that don’t get moved much from where they originally were hung. So in most cases, you will find these frames with minimal damage or wear.
Look at these frames through different eyes!
Now, next time you’re at your favorite antique auction house, try and look at those quality old pieces of art through different eyes. You will see the beauty and workmanship that went into every one of these exquisite looking frames. While you’re at it, check out the old dated, rippled, not so perfect glass, you know the glass with the air bubbles still in them.
But of course, the industrial revolution changed all that around the (1850s)” where the “hand carving” was done by “machines” which just looks hand carved.