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View Across the Valley of Pierstown, New York from a Point above Cascade Hills

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View Across the Valley of Pierstown, New York from a Point above Cascade Hills

Artist: Louis Rémy Mignot (American, 1831-1870; active Europe, after 1862)

Date: 1858
Medium: Oil on canvas, with an original frame
Dimensions:
Framed: 28 x 41 1/2 x 4in. (71.1 x 105.4 x 10.2cm)
Overall: 17 1/2 x 31 1/4in. (44.5 x 79.4cm)
Signed: Lower right: 'Mignot 5'
Inscribed: Verso: 'Prepared / by / Edwd Dechaux / New York' Stretcher: '[title], No. 3'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 88.56
Label Text
Naturalistic motifs were popular in frames dating from the 1850s. In this example, which complements the naturalistic subject matter of Mignot's painting, the outermost edge features a stylized leaf motif alternating with strap work over a fluted ground. The prominent top edge (the ornament closest to the viewer), is decorated with a finely detailed branch or twig pattern. Leaf and berry clusters further embellish this edge at the corners and in the center of all four sides. The principal ogee-shaped molding is decorated with strap work over a fluted ground.

This frame has no documentation indicating who or in what city it was made, but the high quality of its applied ornament indicates that it was made by a skilled frame maker. It is in fairly good condition but probably has been refinished. In areas where the gilding is lost a gray bole is visible. This clay-like material would have been applied to the compo ornament before the frame was gilded and, typically, is gray or red in color.

Paul D. Schweizer
August 2010

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