c. 1710
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General Description

The picture frame is now so ubiquitous that one forgets that, like all familiar forms, it was an invention. Although frames were originally conceived to protect the picture physically and enhance it aesthetically, their invention led gradually to the creation of a separate type of craft associated more often with furniture making than with the creation of pictures themselves.

Authoritative late Baroque basal scrolls combine with Rococo leafed and bossed shells, frilled C-scrolls, leaf-ribbed S-scrolls and flowers in a particularly rich setting for a small Louis XV oil painting.

Excerpt from

Dallas Museum of Art. The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 172.