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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.
Antique picture frames for sale at VinteriorVinterior boasts an array of antique picture frames, across every style and budget. From the beautiful patina of weathered brass frames to polished wooden models, there is an antique picture frame fit for every wall. Many come with ornate detailing that alludes to the culture or maker whence it came. Think of your antique picture frame as a fascinating portal to the past!
The history of the antique picture frameSo 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 discoverd at the archeological site Hawara. This strongly suggests that framed portraits may have 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 unmoveable. However, the rise of the Italian Renaissance produced many arts patrons. Wealthy nobles, notably the Medici family, began to commission artworks for their estates - thus was the advent of the moveable antique picture frame.
Choosing an antique picture frameYou have the artwork, now you just need the frame! Which antique picture 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 frame. A gallery wall of antique picture frames is also a great look - the combination can be as playful as you like.
How to find antique picture framesFinding 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, vintage, reclaimed and bespoke furniture.
So, what are you waiting for? Get browsing our listings today and find the perfect antique picture frame for your home.