Mary Webster--Federal Stock #5 EARLY GILDED FRAME
Circa 1800


  • This is a highly unusual frame in gold leaf over brown bole. I have never run across this type of frame construction before, with corner blocks and strips of wood set in to make a very deep rabbet at 3/4". Scraps of early paper on the back of the frame are in English, but whether the frame is English or American I'm not sure. Dating it is also problematic, but I am sure it is early. I like the simplicity of the profile, which slants upward to a peak and then recedes in a concave curve. The gilding was applied after the sticks were joined. The back half of the outside edges is painted dark matte ochre.
  • Rabbet size 12"H by 8 1/2"W
  • Outside measurements 15 1/4"H x 12"W
  • Sight size 8"H x 11 1/4"W
  • Height at outside edge 1 3/4"
  • Molding width 2"
  • Condition: good with worn surfaces and minor chips on the high edges. There is old touchup paint in a few small areas. The sight edge is quite worn along one of the long sticks.
  • Stock #SK122
  • SOLD

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