Reproduction of an Italian antique picture frame carved, gilt, and decorated with punching technique on gesso. This Bolognese early 17th-century reverse Cassetta frame is available for any painting size. Therefore, you can fit it with any painting.
This reproduction frame is made with lime and tulipwood combined together. We use lime for the front side and tulipwood for the backside of the frame. As a result, we obtain the maximum strength with the minimum weight.
You can customize the rabbet width as you prefer. For instance, if you need to cover a bigger part of the painting you can ask to enlarge it. The rabbet depth instead, depends on the thickness of the painting. In most of our models, it is something between 1.5 to 4 cm. Sometimes even deeper due to structural reasons or under request.
Section width cm 14.5
Rabbet width cm 1
The carving is handmade and it is on wood pulp. You can watch a video of this kind of carving process by following the link to our Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/fTQHIH9dRC8
The decoration on the flat surface is also handmade. Our gilder uses a special kind of nail to realize the punching work.
The punching technique creates a fine decoration all around the four sides. Surprisingly, its shape will change as the light change, quite frequently to tell the truth. You’ll be able to notice it just at earlier hours of the day with very well-marked ornamentations. On the other hand, during later hours of the day, you will hardly notice it. Watch a video of the technique on our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/qXPd1qWScKc
Patina (aging process)
“Patina” is an Italian word that refers to how dark and old look to be the frame. Apart from dark gold, the age of a frame is determined by a few cracks and tiny broken parts all around the sides. For this purpose, our gilder hits its surfaces with some kinds of stones.
Also, the wormholes are simulated as well, and you will be able to notice them by analyzing deeply the pictures above. The presence of wormholes does not indicate activity within or a recent flight of beetles. Remember that they were faked by us to specifically age the frame.
Videos related to the aging process
See below for models of frames with similar structures but at a lower price.