Antique American Frames: Identification and Price Guide

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As recently as the 1980s, frames from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were routinely thrown away, even by experienced gallery owners. The value of these antique frames is now widely recognized, and some frames command prices of $30,000 and higher--often more than the artwork they hold. Whether you've already discovered the beauty and value of old frames, or have yet to find the hidden treasure in your own attic, the second edition of Antique American Frames will bring you a wealth of up-to-the-minute information, including:

  • The latest prices

  • Tips for spotting a valuable frame

  • Detailed descriptions of frames with identifying photos

  • Historic information on period frames

  • Trade secrets on cleaning and retoration

  • A new chapter on collectors and collections

  • More than 100 photographs, including an eight-page full color insert

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Frame Appeal
Elements of Picture Frames
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About the author (1999)

ELI WILNER is credited with reawakening awareness and appreciation for the antique American frame. His successful Manhattan business, Eli Wilner and Company, was recently commissioned to frame twenty-seven American paintings in the White House collection.

Kaufman is former editorial director of House Beautiful and onetime managing editor of Automobile Quarterly. He also has a love of Thoroughbred horse racing.

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