Center-and-corner frames became increasingly popular during the Regence period.
Charles de Saint-Alpin, Archbishop of Cambrai by Hyacinth Rigaud, 1723
Carved and gilded French Trophy Frame designed by Gilles-Marie Oppenard
Louis XIII Frames
Louis XIII frames reflect the influence of Italian design and craftsmanship.
Louis XIV Frames
Note the sunflower motif on the corners of the frame at upper left.
Louis XV Frames
Swept sides and pierced carving are typical of Louis XV frames.
Louis XV frames-detail
Note the reparure ('recutting') in the surface.
Louis XVI Frames
Louis XVI frames are prized for the geometric simplicity ofNeoclassical forms in marked contrast to curvaceous Rococo style Louis XV frames,
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