A Delicately Proportioned Art Nouveau Photograph Frame


Origin: English
Period: Art Nouveau
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1915
Height: 9 cms
Width: 6.5 cms
Depth: 0.5 cms
The Inner Oval: 5.5 cms x 35 cms

Having a pierced fret-work surround featuring three stylized flower rosettes, leaves and stems all in the typically flowing Art Nouveau style. With original glass, the metal frame is in excellent condition with no deficiencies to note.

Like the Gothic style, Art Nouveau is essentially curvilinear, with ornament largely based on plant forms (as we see here), especially the lily.  Spanning the period between 1880 to 1914, Art Nouveau is like the baroque style in that it is theatrical and often borrows the principle asymmetry from Japanese art. Its influences include William Blake, William Morris and the pre-Raphaelites.

Exquisitely proportioned this delightful little frame would enhance any photograph lucky enough to bear it.