Dear Appraiser, I have a family heirloom duplet in quite old frames that makes me think that nobody would spend money on expensive frames if the art was of no consequence. The subject of the pictures is a small boy and his dog in oils. In one the boy and dog are asleep, in the other, the pair are awake. The stretched canvas size is 171 x 210 mm (portrait format) and the visible picture is 148 x 185 mm. The external frame size is 330 x 367. The frames have lead rosettes in the corners and plaster mouldings covered in gold leaf. The back of the frame shows wooden wedges and hand made nails. I believe that this type of frame is from a certain time period when this type of construction was in vogue. I have taken a number of photos of the duplet set and could email them to you if you are interested. The artist is unknown but there may be a clue if I dismantle the frame and get to the part of the painting under the frame. If you are unable to help, might you be able to recommend someone who may be able to shed some light on their origin? Thank you Regards ***** *****
Thank you Tim,
Can you please advise me as to whom I might now approach in Australia or the UK? My feeling is that from the genre, there is an implication that they were for a child's room, perhaps a nursery. What do you think?