Italy was the center of frame making during the Renaissance and Italian frames came to be known for their fine craftsmanship and artistic beauty. The first frames were made for use in a religious context and tabernacle or aedicular frames were created for altarpieces. Molding frames were introduced for secular purposes in the 15th century and marked the beginning of framing as we know it today. The design of the cassetta, or “little box” frame, comprised of a flat panel or frieze with applied raised inner and outer moldings, would continue to be used throughout frame history.
Punched / grannito / bulinatura– An intricate decoration made by “stamping”with small patterned punches to create a textured pattern on gilding in the panel of cassetta frames.
Receding/ Reverse profile– A type of molding profile in which the inside edge is deeper and slopes down to the wall at the outer edge pushing the picture forward from the wall.
Reeded– A frame design consisting of parallel rows of ‘reeds’ which was used extensively in late 19th century England and America and is often seen on frames used by James Abbott McNeil Whistler. It is the opposite of fluting.
Any antique frame can be resized or reproduced to fit your work