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Reproduction of a Carlo Maratta frame gilded on ayous wood. It is an 18th-century typical Roman picture frame

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Width cm 7

Carlo Maratta Frame

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


This Roman frame reproduction will be shipped dismounted, unless you order it with a very small size. You will be able to mount it in minutes yourself. Click on the video below to see our innovative mounting technique.

Still, if you prefer, you will be able to receive this frame already mounted. In this case, shipping could cost a little more. After specified your preference, we will charge the difference if due.


Carlo Maratta frame properties 

This reproduction of a Carlo Maratta frame is made with ayous.

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 is 2.4 cm. If you need it deeper we can do it.

Section width cm 7
Rabbet cm 0.6

Carlo Maratta frame decorations

The surface of this reproduction frame is completely smooth. This kind of profile is very common within Roman antique-style frames of the 1700s. It is a frame that fits well with detailed landscapes where you don’t need a frame to be more important than the painting itself.

Patina (aging process)

“Patina” is an Italian word that refers to the tone of the final gilding of the frame. Making an astonishing Patina is one of the major skills of the gilder in order to make seem this reproduction picture frame an original one. In other words, it concerns the process of aging the gold finishing, trying to distress as much as possible the reproduction frame without exaggerating too much. To complete the procedure, gilders use some different kinds of stones to hit the frame, creating some fake tiny broken parts all around the sides. Besides, gilders create fake wormholes to age the gilding and you will be able to see them analyzing deeply the picture detail attached above.

Another important part of the patina is gently rubbing off the gold surface with steel wool, trying to make the typical antique abrasions that you see in antique picture frames. In conclusion, any damaged little part of the frame is just a part of a bigger plan.

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