Frames

Found throughout the Museum

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Varying in shape, style, size, period and material, our collection of frames is as diverse as the pictures and objects they contain. Most frames have been donated to the Museum along with paintings – but 'empty' frames have also been collected as independent objects, chosen for the fine quality of their carving and decoration.

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One of the most elaborate frames in our collection is an English rococo carved wood frame, probably made by Paul Petit around 1751 for a portrait of George III. You can see such beautiful picture frames on display throughout the Museum, along with examples of fine mirror frames.

Collection Highlights

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Tortoiseshell frame, 1640 – 1700, Belgium
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Tabernacle frame, 1475 – 1500, Tuscany, Italy
oil painting and frame
French Regency frame, 18th century, Paris, France
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Mannerist frame, 1550 – 80, Belgium
painting and frame
Carved frame, made by Paul Petit, about 1751, Britain
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(Detail) Frame, about 1500, Siena, Italy

Features

Background image: Background image: Trophy frame (detail), carved and gilded, probably Paul Petit, about 1751, England. Museum no. W.35,2-1972. © Victoria and Albert