We specialize in antique oval picture frames for sale. Mainly we produce these models with square external shape and oval internal sight. We usually recommend this kind of shape because is cheaper. The price turns to be convenient because you will get a more decorated frame for a cheaper price. How does it happen? It happens because a frame with a complex profile is very difficult to do with oval shape.
We use this kind of frames quite a lot for museums like Staatliche Museen (Gemäldegalerie). The painting, all together with a bigger frame, gives us the chance to insert a major number of decorations on top of the flat corner surfaces. Have a look to the model above which in fact was used to frame a painting of Salvator Rosa.
It is easier to reproduce antique oval picture frames with square external forms because we only create in oval shape the internal part of the frame. This part has generally a flat surface which makes easy the working process. We cut the exact size of the oval over an MDF panel, then we gild it. This internal flat surface can be made with or without decorative elements. The model presented above has rich decorative elements at the corners.
The processing of making oval outer frames is complicated and dangerous because is very hard to curve complex profile mouldings. We have to use a machine for that uneasy task that requires a high risk! Under request, we can do it.
Even if we are able to make frames with external oval shape, we simply try to address customers to the simplest possible choice. Given the same amount of work, it seems in fact to us not at all convenient to buy a sober frame at the same price of a much richer one.
We make both antique oval picture frames and antique round picture frames. To make an order it is necessary to send the diameter of the circle by email. Concerning oval frames, it is better to send the drawing of the painting via traditional mail. In this way, we will be able to cover the painting just 5 mm around its perimeter.
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