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Antique Picture Frames

Antique picture frames are abundant with character - but what is an antique frame, exactly? The definition is that it must be at least one century old. But don’t assume that these antique picture frames will fall apart any time soon. After decades of use, these well-built frames are still going strong and will lend real panache and elegance to your walls. If you want a little time-worn glamour, opt for an antique gold picture frame or an antique silver photo frame. For an austere take, simple oak or mahogany antique-stye photo frames might be better.Use our search filters to find antique photo frames that fit your treasured images and prints. Filter by size, material, price, and style. No matter your needs, discover your dream antique picture frames for sale in our marketplace below. Sourced by trusted sellers only, you’ll find high-quality, characterful pieces when you shop Vinterior today.

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Antique picture frames for sale at Vinterior

Vinterior boasts an array of antique picture frames, across every style and budget. From the beautiful patina of weathered antique gold picture frames to polished wood antique-style photo frames, there is an antique picture frame fit for every wall. Many come with ornate detailing that alludes to the culture or maker of its origin. Think of your antique photo frame as a fascinating portal to the past.
At Vinterior, we’ve partnered with dedicated dealers to offer you a characterful collection of antique picture frames for sale in our curated marketplace. Each piece is riven with a rich and storied history. Helping you to add one-of-a-kind charm to your home.

A brief history of antique picture frames

So when did picture frames first come into use? It is widely believed that the first antique picture frame was found in Ancient Egypt, dating all the way back to the second century A.D. A framed Fayum (meaning naturalistic) portrait of a mummy was discovered at the archaeological site Hawara. This strongly suggests that framed portraits may have been hung in wealthy Egyptian homes before they were stowed away in tombs.
Moving forward by twelve centuries, most frames in 14th-15th century Europe were commissioned by the church for use on altarpieces and as part of the architecture. Therefore, these antique frames were largely unmovable. However, the rise of the Italian Renaissance produced many art patrons. Wealthy nobles, notably the Medici family, began to commission artworks for their estates - thus was the advent of the moveable antique picture frame.

How to choose an antique picture frame

You have the artwork, now you just need the frame! Which antique picture frame to go for? This is very subjective and depends on your personal taste. If you are a traditionalist, you may prefer to pair landscapes and portraits with a classic gilt or wooden antique frame. For those with more eclectic tastes, many have enjoyed the contrast produced by setting modern artwork within an elegant antique silver photo frame. A gallery wall of antique picture frames is also a great look - the combination can be as playful as you like.

How to identify antique picture frames

Finding good quality antique picture frames can be difficult if you’re not an expert yourself. That’s where Vinterior comes in — we feature over one thousand trusted sellers of antique home decor, vintage furniture, reclaimed wood pieces and antique art.
So, what are you waiting for? Get browsing our listings today and find the perfect antique picture frame for your home.

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