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Intricately carved frame
"All Vanity": Large, intricate
carved frame dated 1877
Carved and decorated frame with print
Carved and decorated nautical
frame with print
Marquetry frame
Very intricate marquetry frame
Inlaid frame
Inlaid frame
Marquetry frame
Large, intricate marquetry frame
Marquetry frame
Large marquetry frame
with chip-carved border
Rustic swivel frame
Rustic swivel frame
Painting of American Indian
Portrait of an American Indian
in a beautiful gesso decorated frame
Two sided desk frame
Two sided tramp art desk frame
Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Frame with carved butterflies
Frame with carved butterflies
Inlaid desk frame
Inlaid desk frame
Tramp art frame with moons
Tramp art frame with moons
frame
Folky 1920's frame
with hearts

Folky frame with gold paint

Marquetry frameThis is a very intricate and finely made marquetry frame. It has a mirror in it, and wires on the back so that it can hang vertically or horizontally. The size is 20 1/4" by 17 1/4" by 1" deep, with an opening 16 1/4" by 13 1/4". The surface is finished in a clear lacquer or varnish. It is in very good condition with minor surface wear as seen in the closeups. Age is unknown, but it appears to be from the 1920's to 40's, with a more recent mirror. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CWRS.   Marquetry frame ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Side view ... From second side ... From third side ... From fourth side ... Another overall view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Marquetry frameThis is a large and very intricate marquetry frame from the early 1900's, with very fine workmanship. It measures 28 1/4" by 22 1/2", with an opening 22 3/4" by 17". It is in very good condition with slight surface wear. Two small triangles may have been replaced, visible in the fourth closeup photo. Also, two reinforcement pieces on the back have been replaced. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CWOK.   Marquetry frame ... Side views ... Closeup, upper half ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Marquetry frameThis is a large marquetry frame with a chip-carved outer border and carved inner border. It has a nice, rich surface of lacquer or varnish that shows the subtle variations in color of the inlay work. The size is 28 3/4" by 25 1/2", with an opening 21" by 18". The lower right corner is missing a narrow strip of the outer border and a small triangle of the inlay, visible in the first closeup photo. Otherwise, the condition is excellent. Age appears to be from the early 1900's. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CWOR.   Marquetry frame ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup of the back ... With a soda can for scale.

Frame with carved butterfliesThis is a crossed corner frame with carved butterflies. It is likely from the 1920's or 30's. It is in dark stained wood with a painted gold band around the center area. The frame is 14" by 11 3/4" outside, with an opening of 8 3/4" by 6 5/8". The condition is good with the loss of half of one butterfly. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CWRH.   Frame with carved butterflies ... Closeup, lower corners ... Upper left ... Upper right ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frame with carved butterflies ... Closeup, lower corners ... Upper left ... Upper right ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Intricately carved frameThis is a large, amazingly intricate carved frame. On the lower border is carved "All Vanity", with a snake between the words. It is dated 1877 on the top, and elsewhere there are a heart, cross, apple, infinity sign, chain links, anchor, rope coils, the letters "A", "S", "H", "USD", and much more. The more you look the more you see. The back is signed "D W. Fox". There is no glass or mounting hardware, it is currently supported by a loop of fishing line. It measures 24 1/2" high by 21" wide by 3" deep, with an opening 19" by 14 3/4". There is a small, old break on the lower right, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $2995.00. Inventory Code: CRCH.   Intricately carved frame ... Side views ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Upper half, from above ... Lower half, from above ... Closeup of "All Vanity" ... From below ... Inner border, from below ... Back view ... Closeup of top, from back ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved and decorated frame with printThis is a large carved frame decorated with a nautical theme and holding a nautical print. It is inscribed "A Helping Hand" in incised letters highlighted with gold paint. There is a carved, painted anchor applied to the lower left, with rope wrapping around two edges to a coil in the upper right. The inner border is also outlined with rope. The print is based on a famous painting from 1881 by French artist Emile Renouf. The frame measures 21" high by 25 3/4" wide, with an opening 11 1/2" by 16 1/4". It is in very good condition with some minor wear, from the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CHSA.   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

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.   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.

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.

Painting of American IndianThis is a portrait of an American Indian holding a gun. It is drawn in pastels and ink on heavy chipboard, with fine detail, unsigned. It is mounted under glass in a beautiful frame with deeply textured gesso in a pattern of bark, vines, and leaves, painted an old, oxidized gold. There is some very slight loss to the surface of the frame, visible in the closeup photos. The overall size of the frame is 26 1/2" high by 22 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep. The visible opening for the drawing is 19 1/2" by 15 1/2". The age appears to be from the first half of the 20th c., and the frame may be older. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: COKO.   Painting of American Indian ... Closeup, top half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... The other side ... Two more side views ... From above and below ... Closeup of frame ... Another closeup of frame ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

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.

Inlaid desk frameAn inlaid desk 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.   Inlaid desk frame ... Side view ... The other side ... Frame tilted ... Back view.

Inlaid desk frameThis is a very well made inlaid desk 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.   Inlaid desk frame ... From above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup ... Frame tilted on base ... Back view.

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.

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.   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 $395.00. Inventory Code: ASOW.   Tramp art desk frame ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Side view ... Below.

 

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