A GEORGE III GILTWOOD ROYAL PICTURE FRAME (4484231)
A GEORGE III GILTWOOD ROYAL PICTURE FRAME (4484231)

A GEORGE III GILTWOOD ROYAL PICTURE FRAME (4484231)

c. 1765 England

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The frame retains much of the original gilding and is a rococo tour de force with carving of the highest standard. A carver or maker has sadly not yet come to light, although there are similarities with other royal picture frames by Paul Pettit, who was the preferred carver for George II and the Prince of Wales. By the time this frame was commissioned, however, Pettit was no longer active. A picture frame with similar carving appears in a watercolour by Joseph Nash dated 1846 and depicting a corner of the Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle .

The original painting for the frame was a portrait of Edward Augustus, Duke of York, by Pompeo Batoni. The painting was presented by the Duke of York to the Earl Howe as a token of their friendship. During his youth, and at his father the King’s orders, the Duke had served in the Royal Navy as a midshipman on the Essex under the command of the Earl Howe. During this service the two formed a close friendship.

Price: £100,000 +

The carved elements of the frame, including banners and a ship with anchor, reflect this maritime connection between the Duke of York and the Earl Howe.

The painting was removed from its frame and sold separately by the previous owner sometime in the 1990s.
Commissioned by Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (1739-1767);
Gifted to Richard, Earl Howe (1726-1799);
By descent, Gopsall Hall, Leicestershire, England.
Photographed:
In situ at Gopsall Hall, Leicestershire.
Hugh Roberts, Royal Treasures, A Golden Jubilee Celebration, 2002, p. 448, illus. 409.
Dimensions
Height 208.00 cm (81.89 inches)
Width 149.00 cm (58.66 inches)
Stock Code
4484231
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