I am used to dealing with old, scruffy frames from warehouses, yardsales, old shops, etc. They are usually beat up, dusty, and frequently smelly. This frame is very different. Drudging through the warehouse of an old frameshop on 14th street in Atlanta, I came across this masterpiece of framemaking- still in the freaking 25 year old packaging!!! It sat, untouched, in a closet for over 25 years- waiting for an order that was cancelled and a piece of art that never came. The photos you see are the official unveiling.
The frame has a 22 Karat gold finish with rounded corners- made by AMCI Frame Studio in Long Island in the mid 1980's (they're still around and making great frames). The handwritten order information is still on the back of the wood and there are no holes from the nails that typically hold art in place.
There truly is no finer finish than this. There is no antiquing to hide behind, no complex patterns that hide imperfections, no rustic toning. This is an immaculate, perfect frame with a pure gold, water gilt mirror finish. The water gilding process and materials have changed little since King Tut's mask was made 3,300 years ago, and are identical to Renaissance techniques from 500 years ago. The materials used are rabbit skin glue, clay, hammered gold sheets, chalk gesso, water, and Agate burnishers.
The rabbet size is 15.25 x 30.75 inches. Convo me for more pics or any other details- I could talk about this frame all day. Also- I will cut a rounded corner mat for free if you so desire...