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Identifying antique frames

August 20, 2018

Too often, people are focused on the artwork and do not pay much attention to the frame. The frame can not only help enhance the artwork, but it can be a piece of artwork itself. Sometimes, the frame may be more valuable than the artwork it holds. What should you look for to determine if the frame is an antique or a reproduction? These authorities on antique frames are good resources to help:


To learn about frames


The Frame Blog: a specialist online magazine devoted to the study of antique picture frames run and edited by Lynn Roberts


Lowy: How to Inspect an Antique Frame


Diego Salazar Antique Frames: A Brief History of the Frames Market


To view examples and familiarize yourself with antique frames




Gill & Lagodich:


Eli Wilner & Company:


Susquehanna Antique Company:

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