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ANTIQUE FRAMES

ANTIQUE PICTURE FRAMES
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EXCLUSIVE REPRODUCTIONS OF ANTIQUE FRAMES FOR SALE

Find here high-quality reproductions of antique picture frames for sale Made in Italy in several shapes, styles, and finishings. Any model displayed on the site is a replica of an authentic frame. Our mission is delivering to a vast community of customers antique looking frames for paintings personalized for each artwork. We provide them with three different category prices so that you can go for the category you have the budget for.

Antique frames for painting are hard to find? Yes, it is not an easy task fo find the perfect antique frame with the right size for your painting. You can search for ages before you find the sight size of an authentic old frame matching the measures of your artwork. But what about finishing, style, and shape? Was really that kind of old frame what you were looking for? That’s very unlikely to happen!

BUY TOP QUALITY CUSTOM ANTIQUE FRAMES

Because of the scarcity of fine authentic antique picture frames with the right size for paintings, Master carvers and Master Gilders still exist at the beginning of the XXI century to create reproduction frames. With a great care and a vast knowledge of the ancient techniques, skillful framers are still able to realize reproductions of antique picture frames worth as the originals.

If you own a beautiful artwork and you want to frame it with a nice old frame, we strongly encourage you to go for one of our beautiful replicas of antique frames. You can select one between our vast collection! You will find on the website more than 150 models presented by high-quality photos and detailed descriptions. Personalize our models as you prefer and choose among the several finishings we are offering to customers.

ONLINE EXPENSIVE AND AFFORDABLE ANTIQUE FRAMES

For Expensive and affordable reproductions, we create a few product category pages from where you can pick any model, calculate its price based on the painting size, and purchase it straight away. It is a very straightforward process that allows you to buy online on your own.

CATALOG AND PRICELIST FOR CHEAP FRAMES

For cheap modern picture frames and cheap antique frames, we created a Catalog and a Pricelist because they are together more than 1000 models. So if you want to buy an inexpensive picture frame, you must download the catalog and price list and send us an email to make the order.

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Find here our Exclusive Reproductions of antique picture frames Made in Italy. We realize custom antique frames for sale with the perfect size for your painting.

Follow the link below to see our most expensive reproductions, specially made for important artworks. You will find them split per era, region, and style.

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We spent several years figuring out how to create a collection of custom antique picture frames available for a very reasonable price!

We have achieved our goal studying new techniques that allow us to realize exclusive reproduction frames saving time and expensive materials. Click below to see our achievements.

Cheap Frames

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CHEAP CUSTOM ANTIQUE FRAMES FOR SALE

To reach the majority of possible customers, we realize a production of cheap antique frames in several styles and shapes. We either sell them in length or custom size. In the catalog, the antique style frames are displayed on the first pages while the modern picture frames come after. Besides any cheap frame model, we show its section profile. You can then decide if the section width, the rabbet, and other measures are ok for your artwork. You can buy frames with different finishings, and they’re all displayed around the main frame profile.

We supply cheap antique style frames to private collectors and antique dealers. Between cheap antique picture frames, there are, in fact, some very handy for old paintings as well. We’ve created a vast selection of inexpensive frames to enlarge the community of our customers because our mission is to reach people of every gender, class, and age. Our goal is to build a brand that can be a reference for any picture frame.

CHEAP CUSTOM MODERN PICTURE FRAMES

Our catalog displays together with cheap antique looking frames a considerable number of cheap modern wood picture frames for interior decoration. They are particularly suitable for architects and interior designers as they usually deal with contemporary interiors. We manufacture modern moulding frames by semi-industrial techniques to achieve a massive production at a very affordable price.

There is no minimum order for cheap custom frames, but we strongly advise customers to buy them in bulk to low the oversea shipping cost.

WOOD ANTIQUE FRAMES MOLDING IN LENGTHS

We try hard to make every one of our customers happy, offering all types of prices! That is why, apart from the custom framing service, we realize a massive production of wood picture frame moldings in lengths .

No minimum order is required for picture frame moldings in lengths, but we want to give a smart advice: try to buy a minimum of thirty meters (about 10 rods) to reduce the oversea shipping price. For purchasing delivered within Europe, there is a flat rate shipping cost of 50 euro, while for deliveries out of Europe, the flat rate shipping cost is 99 euro.

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Antique Frames

ANTIQUE PICTURE FRAMES MADE IN ITALY SINCE 1905

We specialize in Italian, French, and Spanish Reproductions of Antique Picture Frames Made in Italy since 1905. In our Gallery, you’ll find Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Empire and Renaissance styles. These styles have a significant role in the field of antique frames for old master paintings. We deliver unique reproductions because we put in practise the most difficult ancient techniques.

See below the two most significant techiniques necessary to realize top quality replicas of antique frames.

ANTIQUE FRAMES FOR BEST MUSEUMS

To the question about how happened to be that such famous museums use Reproductions instead of the original antique picture frames made in Italy, there is just a simple answer. It’s almost impossible to find in the market beautiful antique picture frames that can fit properly with the old master paintings owned by the museums.

Most of the time, you can find the antique picture frame for sale with the right shape and style. It is anyway improbable that it would have at the same time the right size for the painting. Due to this big problem with the size of antique frames, the “ Laboratorio Federici ,” which is the corresponding Italian name of the company NowFrames, has framed a considerable number of paintings for the major museums all over the world. They order us a frame and after 60 days receive one of our unique reproduction perfect for their painting.

THE GREATEST PATINA

Even the most careful glance of experts in carving and gilding can’t recognize that around the painting, there is a reproduction of an antique frame made by us. Beside the shape, the carving, and the gilding, what really makes the difference in our models is the “Patina.” That is the Italian term to define the tricky process of darkening and aging the frames. If you look closely our photos you will find some little broken parts and a few fake wormholes on the gilding surface. Those are tricks and are all part of the procedure of aging our reproductions.

Follow below the links to our Youtube channel to know more about the patina process.

Antique frames Styles and periods

ANTIQUE FRAMES STYLES

The history of art is full of styles related to paintings. So frames, as complements of old paintings, were influenced by the art styles that developed in the past from the 1200s and 1900s. We are talking about 700 years of art styles that were created from the major artists who were embracing any one of them.

Before then, the 1300s exist just a few poor examples of picture frames, so that’s why we start from the Middle Ages to analyze the frame styles which spread over Europe until the 20th century. We believe that the end of the 20th century corresponds with the death of art styles intended as dogmatic and premises set of rules. In the 21st century, in fact, art is too free and too eclectic to be categorized as ancient periods were.

Down below in this section, we describe the main antique picture frame styles that influenced the majority of master carvers and gilders all over western, north, and south Europe.

ANTIQUE GOTHIC PICTURE FRAMES

The first example of antique gilded frames appears in history around the 13th century. They were used for framing altarpieces for churches. They are indeed called tabernacles as they’ve got the particular structure that reminds to Hebrew religious tabernacles. Those kinds of frames belong to a style labeled Gothic. The gothic style influenced all north Europe and part of the south with its typical shapes and forms.

Antique gothic picture frames appear in Italy at the end of the 1300s. They have been used to frame master altarpieces as the polyptych of Vigoroso da Siena , an Italian painter active at the end of the 13th century. Another excellent example of a framed Gothic altarpiece is the painting “ Santa Trinita Maestà ” of Cimabue. It is dated around c. 1290–1300.

You won’t find on our website pictures of antique gothic picture frames as we realize them just under commission. We didn’t set up a gallery page displaying our works, but we will undoubtedly do it soon. If you need excellent replicas of gothic picture frames, contact us and tell us your ideas.

RENAISSANCE FRAMES

Renaissance frames are essential in the field of antiques because they can be commercialized, and there is still a right quantity of them available on the global market. Especially in Italy, you will find a consistent number of antique dealers who have quite a few models to sell. Unfortunately, they are very expensive.

Why are Renaissance picture frames so expensive? Because the Renaissance is an art style gone and it can’t come back for sure. The Renaissance frames are a closed number, some of them are already in museums, and it is quite unlikely that will turn available on the market in the future. So as there is a limited number of beautiful Renaissance picture frames, dealers ask for them a bunch of money.

What is the Italian Renaissance style? To answer pretty straightforward this question, we can say that the Italian Renaissance is the end of the dark ages (Middle Ages) and consists of a time where art was reborn after years of illnesses, pestilence, and famine all over Europe. Renaissance starts in Florence since the beginning of the 15th century in the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici . This man is recognized as a beginner of Renaissance culture.

RENAISSANCE DECORATIONS

Renaissance style frame recall in their specific shapes classic Roman art. The entire spirit of Renaissance, in fact, is an in-depth look at what was before the fall of the Roman Empire. The majority of ornamentations of Renaissance style frames come from there. Sometimes they are mixed up with new form, innovative symbols, but in the complex, most of them were already used during Roman periods.

As Renaissance is composed of different phases, we can talk about two main categories of Renaissance frame styles. The first category is made of polyptychs, triptychs, diptychs, and altarpieces related to churches. The second category is made of artworks that were headed to private collectors. In between this category, we can find a significant number of different Cassetta picture frames decorated with genuine gold leaf and lacquer.

In this website, you will find several Renaissance frames with the typical Cassetta structure, with the gold leaf gilding and the flat central surfaces lacquered in black, dark blue and red paint.

BAROQUE PICTURE FRAMES

Baroque style frames develop in Europe during the first half of the 17th century. We can distinguish Baroque frames from all other frame styles primarily because of their rich ornamentations and massive structure. Carvers did their work exceeding in virtuosity to create pieces of art that are no longer complementary to the paintings. In fact, they would subside the importance of the painting as the syle is usually composed of a variety of intricate acanthus and fruit leaves spread around the sides of the square structure. So all together, decorations and structure could become too heavy and, metaphorically speaking, kill the painting. That is why we use the word Baroque, sometimes, to describe a piece of art extremely heavy and exaggerated.

Nevertheless, the first half of the seventeenth century witnessed the growth and development of an extraordinary sample of craftsmanship, that in many cases, would fit perfectly with the artworks to frame, enriching them with balanced carvings and bright gildings.

See an example on our Pinterest board of a beautiful Baroque frame that could be a bit too much worked for matching its internal painting: Baroque painting frame example . This is of course just a point of view and not a dogma. Beside, standpoints change in time depending on many variables: the economy, the availability of materials, and so on. During the Baroque era, when the world had just got out of the ages of darkness (Middle Ages), there was a huge wish to reach the maximum level of wellbeing and richness. Nowadays, that could be a bit in contrast with the new global economic crisis.

ROCOCO FRAME STYLE

What defines the Rococo style is an exceeding of intricate acanthus leaves as decorations. They are quite similar to Baroque ornamentations except for a few differences. First, Rococo style frames have a softer structure, so generally, they weight less than Baroque picture frames. Second, they are characterized by gentler ornaments, which are not specular as Baroque ornamentations.

If you look carefully, you will notice Baroque style frames composed of very centered and specular ornaments all over the four sides of the frame. Rococo frames instead are composed of ornamentations and leaves that run freely aside from the main structure. They’re rich a great harmony without being specular. This is the reason why the two styles are confused as the same style.

Rococo frames start to appear in France since the 1630s and last until the 1760s so that they lasted much longer than Baroque models. Besides, the Rococo frame is defined as a derivation of the Baroque style. They evolved, exceeding even more in the virtuosity of decorations and carvings. Eventually, the complexity of the decoration built along the sides, reached a composition of carvings not anymore softer and thinner as in the beginning, until they have become even more massive than Baroque models.

See an example on our Pinterest board of a typical Rococo mirror frame: Rococo example .

NEOCLASSICAL PICTURE FRAMES

Neoclassical frames appeared for the first time in Europe around the 1780s. That is the time when Neoclassical art develops in Europe after the previous discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum . Architects started to study in-depth the classical architecture to synthesize the new trend style that would take form with the name of Neoclassicism.

Neoclassical frames as a complement of the paintings are defined by symmetry and simple forms with a major focus on the geometry than the ornaments. The style in itself is a reaction to the exaggerations of Rococo art, and its central core is determined by the necessity of regaining the ancient harmonious traditions of the classic world. As the Renaissance did 300 years earlier, with the full reaction to Gothic art, Neoclassicism dug deeply into ancient Greco-Roman art to recover the aesthetic balance of classic ornaments.

It is essential to understand the profound analogy existing between the classical world, the Renaissance, and the Neoclassicism. They’re all linked together by similar purposes, and the style of the ladder consists of a mix of the first two styles. Follow the links below to see the similarity of a Renaissance frame and a Neoclassical frame. You will be able to see a similarity in the typical Cassetta structure, the geometry of the forms, and the use of lacquer for the flat central surface.

The main difference between the two frames is the color of the lacquer. Renaissance typically used red, blue, and black while Neoclassical frames were lacquered with white.

EMPIRE ANTIQUE FRAMES

The Empire style is the evolution of Neoclassicism. The connection between the two is so strong that you could have and hard time to distinguish them. Decorations and symbols remain almost the same; what slightly change is the geometry of forms and the finishes.

The typical shape of Neoclassical frames was the Cassetta flat structure, while Empire antique frames have a deep concave surface to form their specific cassetta shape. So, to synthesize, in Empire frames, curved moldings are the main element to define their form, while Neoclassical picture frames instead were made of flat lacquered surfaces.

The second consistent difference between Neoclassical frames and Empire antique frames is given by the finishes. Although the two styles made extensive use of gold leaf, the ladder is prominently made by the use of polish walnut surfaces. So apart from the slight difference in the structure, you would instantly tell a part Neoclassicism from Empire style by the red walnut surfaces of the Empire antique frames.

Empire art is an early 19th-century artistic movement that started under Napoleon and lasted a couple of decades. Its influence went on until 1850 when new style trends took over the traditional ways of developing art design.

OTHER SYLES

From the 1850s to the beginning of the 19th century, the styles related to architecture, visual and decorative arts that developed in Europe were many. We decided to bring all them together in this section because they are linked by a single common denominator: Eclecticism .

The several art movements that influenced paintings and frames have been created under the logic of recover and mix plenty of ornaments, symbols, shapes, and structures of the past, from Gothic to Empire, covering 600 hundred years of history of art, and gathering them all together in unique artworks. The trends that developed during this space of time are so different that to describe and distinguish them, would take a longer time compared to the most straightforward task of displaying the few styles developed during the 600 hundred years before.

In between them, we can recognize excellent examples of artworks. Still, due to the freedom from strict rules and dogma, those art movements are either mostly characterized by decorative arts even heavier than Baroque and Rococo or artworks made without the precise knowledge of harmonious and balanced forms of the ancient styles. In conclusion, we did choose to avoid the hard classification of any one of those movements, and we preferred putting them together under the name of Eclecticism art.

Clicking on the links below you will be able to reach the product gallery pages of the main styles of our reproduction frames. We cover a range of styles that goes from late 15th century to early 19th century.

ANTIQUE PERIOD FRAMES

Down below you find the major period frames that we cover

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