An English 19th Century carved and polychromed Whistler frame

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Lot 112
An English 19th Century carved and polychromed Whistler frame

Sold for £ 4,080 (US$ 5,255) inc. premium

Fine Frames

1 Apr 2009, 11:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

An English 19th Century carved and polychromed Whistler frame
With plain sight, cluster-reeded mid-section with painted double bead and reel, plain frieze with wave motif and butterfly monogram, and cluster-reeded back edge with painted double bead and reel detail
53 x 40.3 x 10.5cm (20 7/8 x 15 7/8 x 4 1/8in)

Footnotes

  • Whilst it is not possible to directly link these frames to any of Whistler's paintings, it is interesting to note the following extracts from R. Spencer, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Publishing, London, 2003 (pp. 13-14):

    'In his 1878 trial against critic John Ruskin, Whistler was asked 'what the 'peculiar dark mark' was on the frame of Battersea Bridge, the picture he called Nocturne in Blue and Silver, which is now in Tate Britain [...] Whistler explained that it was his monogram signature in the form of a butterfly which he often placed on the frame as well as the canvas. Whistler's replies to Ruskin's Counsel were that it was 'part of the scheme of the picture'; 'it balances the picture'; 'the frame and the picture together are a work of art.'

    Whistler taught his Chelsea boat-builder assistants Henry and Walter Greaves, who helped him in the studio, to paint the blue-on-gold wave decoration on his frames. The pattern, together with his butterfly signature, was also derived from Japanese prints and pattern books he either owned or knew from the South Kensington Museum.'

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the estimate for this lot should read £600-800 and not as stated in the catalogue.
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