Hassam – The artist Childe Hassam was very involved in the framing of his pictures; he worked with a number of frame makers and used a variety of frame designs. From 1904-1912, he worked with Carrig-Rohane and frequently used Murphy’s cassetta designs. As early as 1919, he began adding his initials to the design of these cassetta frames. These frames were also often made by The Royal Art Company or Milch Galleries.
American frames were greatly influenced by English and French styles in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although frames were frequently mass produced in the 19th century and gilt ornamentation was usually cast in plaster or ‘compo’ instead of hand-carved, many beautiful designs originated from this time in America. The Hudson River School frames and the frames designed by Stanford White are exquisite examples. In the early 20th century, American frame makers of the Arts and Crafts movement returned to the art and tradition of their craft by hand-carving, gilding, and signing their frames. The firms of Carrig-Rohane and Newcomb-Macklin as well as frame makers in Taos and Bucks County created some of the most beautiful American frame designs of this movement.