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Posted 6 years ago

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I was pleased to get this photo frame from Vinnies some months ago. When I got home I gave it a quick rub with a silver cloth and it just glowed! I had not realised until then how clever was the impressed work on the frame and on the edges too. In a way it reminds me of 'trench-art', but the very tiny impressed "EPNS" means that it was a commercial item. Perhaps it's more Arts & Crafts? It still retains the original glass and the A-frame foot works a treat. I suspect British manufacture but it also could be Australian. I'd welcome any suggestions about its origin.
It's 13 cm across or 5 inches.

The image comes from an ad for an exhibition soon on in Melbourne, Australia. It is from Louis David’s "Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, crossing the Alps at Great St. Bernard Pass, 20 May 1800 of 1803". It is normally housed at Versailles, musée national du château; but it's here in Australia for the winter.

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  1. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Very! beautiful I love it, the back as well as the front......:-)
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks BELLIN! I just got back with an oil painting by the Filipino artist Paco Gorospe. Have been looking at his biography. How are you?
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I have a couple of oils, a couple of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, Vasarely print, I have those watercolours by the Davidson twins on CW, a collection of gay drains by an Australian artist called Jugga and a gathering pile of things that have caught my eye. Non of it is really serious 'art': my eye is for the decorative pieces. I can't afford the serious stuff!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    The Napoleon image is cut from a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald Magazine. This winter in Melbourne ( a thousand kilometres away) there is an exhibition called "Napoleon: Revolution to Empire" It is a panoramic exhibition examining French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s. Its story runs from the first French voyages of discovery to Australia during the reign of Louis XV to the end of Napoleon's transforming leadership as first Emperor of France.
    This image of Napoleon is by Jacques-Louis David. I was just looking for something to put in the frame. Paul reckoned I should have a picture of him in it.
  6. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    I thought trench art as well! I have a number of oils. I inherited a lot of stuff I haven't posted yet. OzMarty will be thrilled. I prefer oils. I have a lot. Some are in storage, I will see what I can do for postings.
    Love this V. I have a Napoleon and Josephine on ivory.
  7. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Paul is right!
  8. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    V, I have something I want to send you. I am just waiting for the bonus present to present itself to me...
    No luck today...
    Hitting the sack...love to all my CW friends and family!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Sleep tight, Amber!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    We left the pounds, shillings and pence in 1966.
    No Euros; dollars and cents.
    We also got rid of miles, yards, pounds weight and ounces. It's mls, kilos, litres, kilometres.
    Everything is metric. Kids know nothing about 'imperial measures'.
    Oldies like me still use the old terms for very short distances, heights and personal weights.
    It seems Napoleon had doubts about metrification too!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    We're planning on going down. These blockbuster exhibitions can be a bit too big, too many people and I'm rethinking it. The last one we saw at the NGV was amazing: Hoffmann, Egon Schiele, Adolf Loos, Gustav Klimt. It was based around a collection that came from Vienna to Australia.

  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Time slots do make it reasonable; they're used well here and I had a great time at the Vienna event. Tim Bonahady did a great book called Good Living Street: Portrait of a Patron Family, Vienna 1900. His grandmother was a member of the Gallia family that had fled the Nazis and came to Australia here in Sydney with some of their furniture: some by Hoffmann and some by Loos. The portrait of Hermine Gallia painted by Klimt returned to Australia for the occasion with other amazing stuff. It had been bought from the family by the National Gallery in London where it is normally found.

  13. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Night Miss A!
  15. Budek Budek, 6 years ago
    What a beautiful and unusual piece. I wonder what the stylistic persuasion was at the time that it was made. Such a curious design,....it's as though it was modified by the design post production,( the back says otherwise, but it's a thought ).
    Lends divinity to David's Bonaparte,.....maybe the portrait of you as a boy would be nice:)
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks Budek! I hadn't thought of that!
    Thanks too to Hornet and stefdesign, austrohungaro, scandinavian_pieces & AmberRose!
  17. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    Nice piece vet !!!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks Hedge!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks miKKochristmas11 too!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks guyfrmatl!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Poop!
  22. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Love this!!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks NUTSABOTAS 'n BELLIN too!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks TOM!
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks BRUNSWICK !!!!!!
  27. Caperkid Caperkid, 1 year ago
    Have a great holiday season and thanks for the support Kevin Merry 7 to you and yours.
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    SEASON's GREETINGS to YOU, TOO ROY !!! ! !!!

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