Mary Webster Antique Frames


I have been buying and selling period frames for more than two decades. Working out of my 1892 Shingle Style house in upstate New York, I have acquired many loyal clients over the years, including private collectors, art museums, and dealers from around the world. I specialize in period frames, mainly American from the late Eighteenth Century to the Mid-20th Century, suitable for paintings, prints, photographs, mirrors, and fabrics.

I sell authentic period frames, not modern reproductions. I have tried to be as accurate as possible in describing the frames and their condition, both by text and photos. The dates are meant as general guides. Unless otherwise noted, the frames retain their original or early surfaces and their original sizes. "Old surface" connotes what may be an early 20th Century varnish on an earlier frame.

With period frames increasing hard to come by, I am more tolerant of minor wear and missing pieces of gesso than I used to be. I grade the condition "excellent" (hardly ever); "very good" (minor flaws commensurate with age); "good" (more noticeable flaws); and "poor" (hardly ever). The "rabbet size," which is the same as the glass size, is the opening measured from the back of the frame, and it includes an allowance of one-eighth inch or so. "Exact" means there is no allowance. The "sight size" is the size of the opening measured from the face of the frame.

I am actively seeking inventory. I am interested in lemon golds from small to portrait size, gilded Sully style frames, gilded and ebonized ripples, bird's eye maple, frames for miniatures, painted folk art frames, 20th Century chestnut and Heydenryk, great Eastlake and Aesthetic and Renaissance Revival. I am willing to buy or trade. If you are interested in turning some of that hoarded inventory into cash, give me a call.

I do not do appraisals and, regrettably, I do not have the time to reply to the many requests for frame identification that fill my email inbox. For that information I suggest that you peruse the notes on the history of American frames on the title pages of my website rooms. I have also included a Selected Bibliography and Links that can supply additional information. The Glossary is intended to help you become familiar with frame terminology.

You might want to look a look inside my [Ebay Store], where I post frames at bargain prices. Some are frames in need of repair, others have been slow movers from my web site, and some are simply website overflow. I am happy to combine shipping on eBay and web site frames.

Please follow the link to my Ordering Details page, where you will find more information about shipping and my liberal return policy. If you have any suggestions, comments, or corrections relating to my website, I would love to hear from you.

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