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Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Rustic swivel frame
Rustic swivel frame
Carved frame
Carved painted frame,
dated 1945

Folky small swivel frame
Large, intricate tramp art frame
Large, intricate tramp art frame
with scrollwork hearts
frame
Folky 1920's frame
with hearts

Folky frame with gold paint
Carved star
Carved star
Crown of thorns tramp art frame
Crown of thorns tramp art frame
in two shades of natural wood
Inlaid desk frame
Inlaid desk frame
Tramp art frame with moons
Tramp art frame with moons
Inlaid frame
Inlaid frame
Two sided desk frame
Two sided desk frame

Three folky framesThis is a set of three frames, graduated in size, made and carved by Ray Fisher of Glen Springs, VA; known as the "Rush Creek Bum". Fisher is featured in Betty Carol Sellen's book "Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art (2nd edition).

All the frames are made from pine with thin plywood backs and bases. They are trimmed around the edges with what looks like commercial molding. On the largest frame, Fisher has carved a pair of boots, while on the other two he has carved two upright pieces for each, decorated with chip carving. These have slots in the back in which pictures can be slipped for display. On the one with boots, there are two tacks on the top and knobs on the boots to hold a picture. The sizes of the frames, from small to large are 6 1/8" high by 6 1/4" wide, 6 3/8" high by 6 1/2" wide, and 6 3/4" high by 7" wide. All of the bases are the same depth, just over 2 1/4" deep. They were probably done in the 1950's or '60's and are in excellent condition. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKAS.   See a slideshow of several views [513k] ... Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... Label on bottom of one ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved frameThis is a very detailed carved and painted wooden desk frame. It is in the form of a house, with a heart under the eaves, patterned shutters, and a small fenced yard. The picture goes in the open window. On the back is painted "Masseille France 1945". It is 10 3/4" high by 11" wide by 2 3/4" deep. The opening is 2 3/4" high by 2" wide. The condition is excellent, with very slight paint loss on two of the fence posts. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TSTP.   Carved frame ... 3/4 view ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeup of heart ... Closeup of carving and paint detail ... Back view ... Top.

This is fairly large swivel frame with a rustic look plus carved and burned decoration. The frame is from about the 1930's and has a dark varnish finish. It is in very good condition. The base is 11 1/2" by 4", and the frame itself is 8 1/2" by 11", with an opening 6 1/2" by 9". The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: ACCA.   Overall view ... Close-up.

frameHere is a very folky wooden frame which is built in 3 layers, with carved hearts and diamonds. The 4 stylized, boxy, hearts are also scalloped out toward the centers. The wood is a naturally aged pine which has taken on a grayish-tan color. It was probably made around the 1920's; is 15 1/4" by 13 1/2" by 2" deep - with an opening of 9 7/8" by 11 3/4", and it is in excellent condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: ATOW.   Image ... Close-up ... Back.

An interesting carved star shape frame or base. Great paint, color, and surface. 8 1/4" outside, 2 7/8" inside, and 2" deep, carved from a single piece of wood. The back also has a nice beveled shape. Early-mid 1900's in very good condition. It doesn't have a "lip" on the back for a picture, so we're not sure of the original use, but it is a nice decorative piece. The color is darker than shown in the photo. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: ASRS.   Star frame ... Side view.

Crown of thorns tramp art frameThis is a crown of thorns tramp art frame with very fine workmanship. It has a crest on top, and patterns of darker and lighter wood worked into the side and bottom edges. The surface is unfinished and oxidized with age. The tramp art was built up around a narrow white wooden frame, so it would be easy to mount glass and a picture. It measures 16 1/2" wide by 15 1/2" high by about 2 1/4" deep. The opening is 9 1/2" by 7 3/4". It is in very good condition, missing two small pieces, visible in the closeups. The breaks are old and oxidized with the rest of the surface. Age is from the first half of the 1900's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CAWK.   Crown of thorns tramp art frame ... From above and below ... Side view ... Closeup of lower edge ... Closeup of one side ... Back view ... Back, from an angle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Crown of thorns tramp art frame ... From above and below ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from an angle ... With a soda can for scale.

Large, intricate tramp art frameHere is an extremely well made, large, and unusual tramp art frame. In addition to the chip carved layers, it has extensive scroll or fretwork with designs including multiple hearts and crosses. There are also small mirrors in the corners and around the sides, a top crest, and words worked in the bottom fretwork. It was found in Pennsylvania, measures 32" by 28" by 3", is eight layers deep, and painted gold - which has oxidized over the years, giving a dark, rich tone. The base frame seems to be from the late 1800's, but the paint is more likely from around the 1920's, so, it may be an older construction that was painted at that time. It is in almost perfect condition. The inscription at the bottom is difficult to make out; it may be "Borze Zbaw Nas". With a slight change in spelling, Google translates this as Polish for "God Save Us". While this is in Polish, it is very likely that the frame is actually American, as that area of Pennsylvania had many European immigrants, some of whom brought this art form here. The price is $1275.00. Inventory Code: CPHS.   See a slideshow of several views [746k] ... Large, intricate tramp art frame ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Closeup, one corner ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a yardstick for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Large, intricate tramp art frame ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... Back view.

An inlaid frame in several shades of wood, with a swivel base. It has a crackled varnish finish that is slightly worn on the base. Four wood pieces on the back can pivot to hold a picture or mirror in place. It is 8 1/4" high by 12 3/4" wide by 3" deep, in very good condition, probably made about the 1920's. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: PKTP.   Image.

This is a very well made inlaid frame with a long base. It pivots on two upright posts, each 8" high. The base is 23" long, 3 1/2" deep and 1" high. Inlaid into it are darker 1/2" squares. The frame itself is 6 1/2" by 8 1/2" on the outside and 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" inside. Made around 1930 with an old varnish and in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: PKSS. Image.

This folky frame with applied, carved decoration, is painted an old, oxidized gold. It measures 16 1/2" by 22", with an opening 13 1/2" by 19 1/4". It is in good condition with some peeling paint, and would set off a primitive painting nicely. It was made around the 1930's. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: ATTH.   Overall view ... Another overall view ... Closeup.

A really nice hand made wood swivel frame on a base, with folky decoration. 4 1/2" high by 5 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: APWT. Image ... Side.

Tramp art frame with moonsThis is a nice, good sized tramp art frame made from cigar boxes over a crate wood base. The exterior is about 23 1/4" by 18 1/2", while the opening is around 14 1/2" by 9 3/4". It is built in up to 5 layers, and is about 1 1/2" deep including the base. The chip carved corners each have crescent moons applied. The outside of the frame is decorated with many carved pieces that were set in under the long pyramids. The inside of the frame is also decorated with some nice larger notching. There are a variety of shades of woods making up this piece. These all seem to be original, their differences coming from using a variety of cigar boxes. Some of the labels are visible on the back, including a NJ tax stamp. The entire frame has a lacquer surface. This piece is in extremely good condition with a few small chips and perhaps the loss of a tiny bit of the tip of one moon. It was likely made in the early 1900's. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: TWHR.   See a slideshow of several views [408k] ... Tramp art frame with moons ... Closeup, upper right ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Side view ... Closeup from side ... Back view ... Back, closeup lower right ... Back, closeup upper right ... Back, closeup upper left ... Back, closeup lower left ... Closeup from back, side view ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a 2-sided, free-standing tramp art frame. It has two turned uprights which are pegged into the four-layer, chip carved base. The frame itself swivels between the uprights. It has three crosses at the top and bottom, with four layers of chip carving on the front and three on the back. Two photos could be inserted back to back. It is painted an old, oxidized gold over silver, and is from the 1920's or 30's. The frame stands 12 1/2" high by 9" wide by 2 3/4" deep, with an opening 5 1/2" by 3 1/2". The condition is very good, with one old, narrow break approximately 2" long at one lower corner of the base and a couple of small age splits which are very solid, and do not detract from the appearance. The price is $350.00. Image ... Larger image.

 

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