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The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 13, Frames

The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 13, Frames

Newbery, Timothy
2007
480 pages
125 illustrations
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The Robert Lehman Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of frames in the world. Robert Lehman's interest in picture frames set him apart from other collectors of his era. The collection he bequeathed to the Museum includes nearly four hundred frames, most of them Italian and French and dating from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century. Although he bought most of these frames to display his paintings and drawings, a number of them could only have been acquired as works of art in their own right.

Like nearly all other European frames, the ones Robert Lehman collected have now been taken entirely out of context, the exception being the engaged moldings on early Italian panels. Most of the Italian frames, both the engaged moldings and the small cassette and astragal frames they inspired, probably hung in palazzi; the finest of the French frames were originally displayed amongst the gilt furniture and heavy fabrics that decorated luxurious northern European rooms. Using the documentary evidence that survives and his wide knowledge of comparable examples, Timothy Newbery has attempted to place these frames on the pictures and in the interiors for which they were intended. For each frame he has provided a profile drawing that is a key to its design, origin, date, and application. Newbery, a frame historian and frame maker who lives in London, is one of the world's few experts on the subject of frames. His scholarship represents the state of the art in this still relatively narrow field.

The volume includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

Diptych with engaged moldings, Poplar. Linen over panel and moldings. Gilt; dull orange bole., Italian, Siena
Italian, Siena
1310–25
Diptych with engaged moldings, Poplar. Linen over panel and moldings. Gilt; dull orange bole., Italian, Siena
Italian, Siena
ca. 1310–25
Engaged diptych moldings, Tuscany  Tuscany, Spruce, Italian, Tuscan
ca. 1300–1325
Engaged diptych moldings, Tuscany  Tuscany, Spruce
ca. 1300–1325
Panel from a polyptych, Poplar. Gilt; deep orange bole., Neopolitan(?)
Neopolitan(?)
before 1343
Tabernacle frame, Pine. Gold-orange bole., Italian, Siena
Italian, Siena
second quarter 14th century
Cassetta frame on a polyptych panel, Poplar. Mitered. Gilt; red-orange bole; red, blue, and white color., Italian, Siena
Italian, Siena
ca. 1325
Cassetta frame on a polyptych panel, Poplar. Mitered. Gilt; red-orange bole; red, blue, and white color., Italian, Siena
Italian, Siena
ca. 1325
Engaged molding on a polyptych panel, Poplar. Gilt; deep brown-orange bole., Italian, Siena
Italian, Siena
ca. 1345–55
Engaged molding on a polyptych panel, Siena  Siena, Poplar. Gilt; deep brown-orange bole., Italian, Siena
ca. 1345
Engaged cassetta frame on a polyptych panel, Siena  Siena, Poplar. Mitered. Gilt; brown-orange bole., Sienese
ca. 1380
Diptych with tabernacle frames, Poplar. Carved, gilt; red-orange bole., Sienese
Sienese
ca. 1400–1410
Engaged cassetta frame, Poplar. Gilt; red-orange bole. Sight edge: linen extended over moldings., Sienese
Sienese
ca. 1380–90
Engaged molding, Poplar. Linen over panel, moldings and sides. Gilt; deep red-orange bole., Italian, Siena
Italian, Siena
ca. 1315–30
Panel from a triptych, Poplar. Gilt; orange bole., Tuscan
Tuscan
1440s
Engaged molding, Poplar. Gilt; deep red-brown bole., Sienese
Sienese
ca. 1446
Integral tondo molding, Single piece of poplar. Carved, gilt; brown-red bole, blue in dentil., Sienese
Sienese
mid-15th century
Engaged molding on a polyptych panel, Poplar. Carved, gilt: deep red bole., Sienese
Sienese
ca. 1435–40
Engaged arched cassetta frame, Poplar. Mitered; arch two pieces of wood. Gilt; deep orange bole., Sienese
Sienese
1460–70
Engaged arched cassetta frame and arched tabernacle frame, Poplar. Carved, gilt; orange-red bole, blue and white color, all over greenish tone., Sienese
Sienese
ca. 1465 and 1490 (?)
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Newbery, Timothy J. 2007. Frames. The Robert Lehman Collection 13. New York: the Metropolitan museum of art.