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A Fine Pair of Watts Cassetta Frames


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  • £2,950.00
  • €3,356 Euro
  • $3,288 US Dollar

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A Fine Pair of Watts Cassetta Frames

A Fine Pair of 'Watts' Cassetta Frames, gilded oak and composition on pine, made by Chapman Brothers, Kings Road, Chelsea, circa 1880. Upon winning £300 for his entry in the public exhibition to design frescoes for the new Palace of Westminster, George Frederick Watts travelled to Italy where he studied and work from 1843-1847. During this time he showed a considerable sympathy for the art of the Italian Renaissance and was inspired to use antique Italian frames on his own paintings. Few, if any British artists, used Italian antique or replica frames to the extent that Watts did. Italian Baroque frames are to be found on both his earlier works and his later. Frames to a design with a garland of flowers and fruit or acorns was used on his return to England, circa 1847-1860, and the frame that became known as the 'Watts' frame, seen here, clearly inspired by the traditional Italian Cassetta frame, followed from some time in the 1860's.
This pair of frames by Chapman Brothers, Kings Road, Chelsea, are typical, made up of a stylized acanthus leaf moulding with a triple bead and astragal below, a gilt oak veneered flat frieze and a small leaf-bud at the sight with ribbon ties at the centres.
o.s:38.5 in x 46.5 in
s.s:27.5 in x 35.5 in
rebate: 28.5 in x 36.5 in


19th Century

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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