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Reproduction of a Venetian picture frame gilt on wood. It’s an 18th-century frame with a typical French shape

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Width cm 11

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Venetian Picture Frame

Reproduction of a Venetian picture frame gilt on wood. This late 18th-century picture frame is available in size. Therefore, you can fit it with any painting. 

Venetian picture frame properties

This Venetian frame is made of ayous and tulipwood combined together. We use ayous 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.


You can expand the inner flat surface near the sight (Passepartout), into the size that you prefer. For this Venetian picture frame, the suggested measurements of it are between 3 to 8 cms. In the picture, you see a 3 cm gilded Passepartout, which actually fits very well with the other proportions. It can even be lacquered with white paint as for model #044, giving its style a later look: An early 20th-century look.

Section width cm 11
Rabbet cm 1

Venetian picture frame decorations

From an artistic point of view, Venice has always been a crossroads of various cultures. For this reason, it has been rich in innovative and avant-garde elements. Although the Venetian style is characterized by its own elements, this model shows strong influences of the French Rocaille style. Notice the corners: They tend to get out from the outer perimeter as French frames do.

Even though the shape has a French character, it contains the specific elements that inform us about its provenience. The elements are indeed the cartouches in the middle of the sides. These decorations are strictly coming from Venice.

The carving is handmade, and you can watch a video of the carving process following this link to our YouTube channel. 

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, and you will be able to notice them by analyzing the pictures above. The presence of wormholes does not indicate activity within or a recent flight of beetles. Remember that we faked them to specifically age this Venetian picture frame reproduction.

See below a video showing all the steps of the Patina.

More videos related to the aging process 

Explanation of the aging process
Distressing the gold surface
Rub off the gilding
Dark shellac
Applying shellac
Final result

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