I found this old frame at the flea market, I wasn't looking for a frame but I could not resist this when I saw it. After all, I am a sucker for antique frames!
It was the end of the day, the vendor was packing up when I happened across it. I inquired about it and told him I had never seen a more beautiful frame or one so large! It measures 4 1/2 feet tall and 44 inches across, he said it was mine if I wanted it, he didn't want to move it again. So, for $30.00 this frame came home with me. It has a few bad spots on it but for the most part, for it's age, it was perfect..........to me.
It had the most beautiful oil painting in it as well, but it was damaged. It had a gaping hole in it and that was disappointing, but I was able to save part of it. You can see the painting sitting on the floor behind the frame in this shot.
I was able to cut the painting down to 38 inches tall by 16 inches wide, so a large chunk was gone but it's still beautiful and we are going to make a frame for it at some point. I can't imagine how much it could have been worth if it had been intact. Except for the large hole in it, the painting itself was incredibly preserved, and I'm guessing it dates to the mid to late 1800's.
I painted the frame to keep the frame intact, it was chipping away and I didn't want to lose anymore of the design and because it's such a large piece and I didn't want the heaviness. By painting it the same color as my walls it's a beautiful piece of art in itself with the shadows from the intricate design. I do plan on doing something with it using my daughters childhood pictures, but until I figure it out I hung it on the wall just the way it is.
You can see where the plaster was chipping away
I so wish I could have saved this painting. As an artist myself, I can appreciate every brush stroke that this person did. It is such an intricate job and must have taken a while to paint it. When I see something like this I wonder who painted it, man or woman, young or old, I can almost picture them at an easel painstakingly adding all the little details.
I absolutely love it and can't wait to frame it and hang it on my walls. I wonder if the person who painted this would even think that his or her painting would still be around today:)