Peale, American, 19th century.
4" wide scoop, antique lemon gold leaf crackle over yellow, hand carved calves tongue inner edge. This simple scoop is named after the great Philadelphia portrait artist, Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) and is from the Federal period (1800-1829). The design was inspired by French and English neoclassical frames. Peale often recorded specifications for picture frames to be used on his portraits. His brother, James Peale, whom he trained as a gilder, actually made some of these frames.
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