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The Art of Framing

Although an artwork itself is fascinating, we can't help but feel that something is missing when it isn't framed. In fact, would we even notice the great masterpieces in galleries if they were not highlighted by a grandiose frame?


The art of framing developed simultaneously alongside the history of art, where painting and framing are two complementary practices which together enhance the overall work. How the framing technique evolved: Frames first appeared as early as 2000 BC with prehistoric rock paintings, where men would draw around their works to mark out and emphasise their drawings. In antiquity, Fayum portraits were surrounded by pieces of wood, and this is how the frame we know today was created.


In the twelfth century, painters began using hard frames called “borders" of varying sizes to highlight church altarpieces. These were however a lot more understated in comparison to the extravagant frames used during the Renaissance, which took hours to sculpt and create.


During the modern and contemporary art movements, the use of frames became completely dependent on the preferences of the artist and their desired outcome. Some artists like Pere Borrell del Caso for example, consider the frame as an integral part of the work, which can be seen within his “Trompe-l'œil" ("deceive the eye") works.


Like with any decorative object in history, the form of the frame developed in conjunction with the current trends of the time. Nowadays, many artists favour simple frames in order to focus the viewer's eye towards their work. This applies to English artist Martin Bradley, whose works are bordered by a very fine gold frame. Graffiti artist Keymi's puzzle pieces are also presented in very plain black frames, allowing the viewer to appreciate the work without getting distracted by embellishments. Sometimes painters go as far as to integrate the frame in the work, or create the work from the frame. This is the case with artist Giulio Paolini, and French painter Louis Cane who was part of the Supports/Surfaces art movement. Meanwhile, emerging artist Gaspard Mitz uses deep set frames for his comparably small artworks (20x30cm). The viewer feels like a giant observing his scale models of exhibition rooms in museums, where figurines marvel at masterpieces and interact with each other.


There are no pre-existing rules for the art of framing, differing styles and materials can be used together without issue. It isn't unusual to find artists experiment with frames, because combining extravagant and minimalist styles allows for an original and completely new composition. Whether it's a classical painting presented behind a coloured Plexiglass screen, or an up-to-date abstract print surrounded by a traditional wood-carved gilded frame, the choices are truly endless.


Aesthetic value is undoubtedly important when it comes to framing, however it is important to remember framing's primary purpose; to protect and support the artwork so it remains in the best possible condition.

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In time for Christmas
Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #1.3, 2015
51.2 x 31.5 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 12,018

Alice Ricard, Maroola - WHITE FRAMES, Print

Alice Ricard

Maroola - WHITE FRAMES, 2016
25.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$ 304

Egor Plotnikov, Fragment de paysage #1, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

Fragment de paysage #1, 2016
7.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 696

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Nadel, Peace invaders (avec cadre), Painting

Nadel

Peace invaders (avec cadre), 2016
26.4 x 26.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,488

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Paul-Henri Delbove, Bonhomme Arc-en-ciel, Painting

Paul-Henri Delbove

Bonhomme Arc-en-ciel, 2015
31.5 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$ 8,096

Our recommendations Ignasi Aballí, Traduction d'un dictionnaire japonais de combinaisons de couleurs - partie 1, Drawing

Ignasi Aballí

Traduction d'un dictionnaire japonais de combinaisons de couleurs - partie 1, 2018
16.1 x 11.4 x 0.1 inch
Drawing

$ 5,060

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Joël Froment, Portugais galopant, Painting

Joël Froment

Portugais galopant, 1980
52.4 x 39.4 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$ 1,898

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Roberto Fonfria, Room Temperature- One of a kind Mixed Media on paper Framed, Print

Roberto Fonfria

Room Temperature- One of a kind Mixed Media on paper Framed, 2016
20 x 16 x 1 inch
Print

$ 3,000

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Alejandro Diaz Nava, Festividades de la Virgen de Guadalupe / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame, Painting

Alejandro Diaz Nava

Festividades de la Virgen de Guadalupe / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame, 2017
28.3 x 36.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,300

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Marcelino Eduardo Sanchez Rodriguez, La Mitra / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, Sculpture

Marcelino Eduardo Sanchez Rodriguez

La Mitra / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 10,000

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Marcelino Eduardo Sanchez Rodriguez, La Ultima Cena Colonial / Mexican Folk Art Inlay Nacre Frame, Painting

Marcelino Eduardo Sanchez Rodriguez

La Ultima Cena Colonial / Mexican Folk Art Inlay Nacre Frame, 2017
33.5 x 53.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 12,500

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Melinda Matyas, Roundabout (framed), Print

Melinda Matyas

Roundabout (framed), 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 558 $ 620

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Serge Benoit, Sans titre, Sculpture

Serge Benoit

Sans titre, 1986
17.7 x 15.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,048

Majid Davoodi, De la série Frame Movie n°882, Print

Majid Davoodi

De la série Frame Movie n°882, 2014
35.4 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Print

$ 1,898

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Ben Nicholson, Olympia Fragment (La Franca 9), Print

Ben Nicholson

Olympia Fragment (La Franca 9), 1965
12 x 15 inch
Print

$ 6,000

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Edalinda Perez Velazquez, Fiesta en Xalitla / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame, Painting

Edalinda Perez Velazquez

Fiesta en Xalitla / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame, 2017
20.1 x 28.3 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 900

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Maricela Gomez Lopez, Angel Caido / Ceramics Mexican Folk Art Clay Frame, Sculpture

Maricela Gomez Lopez

Angel Caido / Ceramics Mexican Folk Art Clay Frame, 2017
35.4 x 19.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,500

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Olegario Hernández Mendoza, Mentiras que son 43 / Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame, Painting

Olegario Hernández Mendoza

Mentiras que son 43 / Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame, 2017
35.4 x 29.1 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,500

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Maribel Maya Aguirre, Fin del Viaje / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, Sculpture

Maribel Maya Aguirre

Fin del Viaje / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, 2017
13.8 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,400

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Santiago Alejandro Celis, Preparando las festividades del nacimiento / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame Nativity, Painting

Santiago Alejandro Celis

Preparando las festividades del nacimiento / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame Nativity, 2017
37 x 29.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,300

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Lilia Alvarez Gonzalez, Trabajando en el Telar / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, Sculpture

Lilia Alvarez Gonzalez

Trabajando en el Telar / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, 2017
21.3 x 16.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,200

Elikuka, Venus 6, Painting

Elikuka

Venus 6, 2019
29.5 x 21.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,795

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Georges Yoldjoglou, Le pont de la Concorde, Painting

Georges Yoldjoglou

Le pont de la Concorde, 1986
21.3 x 28.3 inch
Painting

$ 1,898

Alexandar Assenov, Summer Landscape, Painting

Alexandar Assenov

Summer Landscape, 2016
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,328

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Ronald Hunter, Islands Blue (framed), Painting

Ronald Hunter

Islands Blue (framed), 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 694

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Miss Tic, La Vie Est Porcelaine, Painting

Miss Tic

La Vie Est Porcelaine, 2016
19.7 x 24 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 5,693

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Bengt Lindström, L’homme, Painting

Bengt Lindström

L’homme, 1980
28.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 15,813

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JP Malot, Voyou (in frame), Print

JP Malot

Voyou (in frame), 2020
7.9 x 9.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$ 253

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God Sylver, Genesis of a new world, Painting

God Sylver

Genesis of a new world, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,771

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Mr. Brainwash, Fame Moss (Kate Moss), Print

Mr. Brainwash

Fame Moss (Kate Moss), 2015
34.5 x 35 inch
Print

$ 7,500

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Tom McGlynn, Test Pattern 7 (Siena), Painting

Tom McGlynn

Test Pattern 7 (Siena), 2005
22 x 33 inch
Painting

$ 1,751

David Renggli, Desire Painting (Alamy / Sculptoria), Painting

David Renggli

Desire Painting (Alamy / Sculptoria), 2018
41.1 x 31.7 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$ 18,090

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Najoua El Hitmi, 3 questions vertes, Painting

Najoua El Hitmi

3 questions vertes, 2018
33.1 x 62.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 1,961

David Renggli, Relation of wishing and paying, Painting

David Renggli

Relation of wishing and paying, 2018
46.7 x 36.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 16,066

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Hervé Ramboz, Rencontre, Photography

Hervé Ramboz

Rencontre, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$ 1,645

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Hervé Ramboz, Les promeneurs du canal de l'Ourcq, Photography

Hervé Ramboz

Les promeneurs du canal de l'Ourcq, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 1,771

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Marina Jolivet, Qui Est le Fils du Cerf-Volant, Painting

Marina Jolivet

Qui Est le Fils du Cerf-Volant, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 101

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Ryszard Gieryszewski, 12 frames, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

12 frames, 1984
12.2 x 10.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 696

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Horst P. Horst, Cy Twombly in Rome - Untitled #24 Small size: Framed, Photography

Horst P. Horst

Cy Twombly in Rome - Untitled #24 Small size: Framed, 1966
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$ 6,300

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Angela Wakefield, New Yorker, Painting

Angela Wakefield

New Yorker, 2014
45 x 21 x 3 inch
Painting

$ 20,316

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Nacho Frades, Baroque Chair, Print

Nacho Frades

Baroque Chair, 2020
40 x 40 inch
Print

$ 3,770

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Nacho Frades, Blue Oracle, Print

Nacho Frades

Blue Oracle, 2019
30 x 50 inch
Print

$ 4,270

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Jack Hironimus, Fragment d'un discours amoureux, Drawing

Jack Hironimus

Fragment d'un discours amoureux, 1991
16.1 x 12.6 inch
Drawing

$ 329

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Melinda Matyas, Circle (Framed Limited Edition), Print

Melinda Matyas

Circle (Framed Limited Edition), 2019
16.5 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 398 $ 443

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Serge Benoit, Sans Titre, Painting

Serge Benoit

Sans Titre, 2011
18.1 x 25.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,898

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Melinda Matyas, Wasteland (Framed Limited Edition), Print

Melinda Matyas

Wasteland (Framed Limited Edition), 2019
12.6 x 16.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 398 $ 443

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Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo, Catrina Vendedora / Mexican Folk Art Sculpture Featherwork and Ceramics, Sculpture

Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo

Catrina Vendedora / Mexican Folk Art Sculpture Featherwork and Ceramics, 2017
19.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,200

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Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo, Patzcuaro Tianguis de Flores / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, Sculpture

Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo

Patzcuaro Tianguis de Flores / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork Frame, 2017
17.3 x 20.1 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,800

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Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo, Huevo Avestruz / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork, Sculpture

Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo

Huevo Avestruz / Mexican Folk Art Featherwork, 2017
4.7 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,500

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Franz Priking, Femme ailée, Painting

Franz Priking

Femme ailée, 1958
45.7 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$ 9,488

Elikuka, Venus-Crocodile, Painting

Elikuka

Venus-Crocodile, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 3,795

Ronald Hunter, Static Blue - Incl Frame, Painting

Ronald Hunter

Static Blue - Incl Frame, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Dominique Blais, Empyrée, Painting

Dominique Blais

Empyrée, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

Sold out

Mr. Brainwash, A Thousand Wishes, Painting

Mr. Brainwash

A Thousand Wishes, 2017
26 x 26 x 1 inch
Painting

Sold out

Todd Koelmel, Reservoir Sunset 2 (1 of 1), Painting

Todd Koelmel

Reservoir Sunset 2 (1 of 1), 2018
78 x 48 x 1.3 inch
Painting

Sold out

Jane Grieco, Fragmentos, Painting

Jane Grieco

Fragmentos, 2017
62.2 x 43.3 x 1.6 inch
Painting

Sold out

Paul Richard Mason, La petite scène, Painting

Paul Richard Mason

La petite scène, 2017
15 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Our recommendations Paul Richard Mason, The little genius, Drawing

Paul Richard Mason

The little genius, 2015
26.8 x 22.8 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

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Paul Richard Mason, The Egyptian ladies, Painting

Paul Richard Mason

The Egyptian ladies, 2019
14.2 x 18.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Javier Martinez Pedro, Nacimiento en Xalitla / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame Nativity, Painting

Javier Martinez Pedro

Nacimiento en Xalitla / Amate Paper Mexican Folk Art Painting Frame Nativity, 2017
18.1 x 26 x 1.6 inch
Painting

Sold out

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