The J. Paul Getty Museum

Frame

Object Details

Title:

Frame

Artist/Maker:

Carver? Paul (?) Georges (French, active second half of the 18th century)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1775–1780

Medium:

Carved and gilded oak

Object Number:

88.DA.49

Dimensions:

208.3 × 153 cm (82 × 60 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

The crossed L's in each corner, the three fleurs-de-lis at the top surrounded by the arms of Saint Michael and Saint Esprit (Hope), and the attributes of war on either side are all symbols that help identify the painting that this frame once surrounded. As these are the royal emblems of France, a portrait of the French monarch was once framed here, while the style of the frame suggests that it was carved during the reign of Louis XV. Pictures of the king and his family were often given as presents, and such a lavish frame would have been prominently displayed in a public reception room.

A plate of old mirror glass now replaces the lost painting.