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Frame part

Frame part

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved limewood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Charles and Lady Allom in memory of their son, Lieutenant Cedric Allom RFA

  • Museum number:

    W.537-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This boldly carved framing section would have formed part of a scheme of architectural panelling in France in the first half of the 18th century. The use of fantasy elements such as the dragon were part of the Chinoiserie style that used Chinese-inspired figures and motifs to create a sub-set of the fanciful style known as Rococo. The frame part is one of several hundred carvings given to the Museum in 1921 by Sir Charles Allom and his wife, in memory of their son, who died in the First World War. From 1893 Sir Charles headed White Allom & Co., one of the most successful firms of architectural decorators in Britain, specialising in the copying of historic styles. Between 1900 and 1914 he also began to work for clients in the United States and after the First World War he spent time in both countries. The collection of carvings seems to have been put together as a study collection for his son, perhaps in the expectation that he would follow in his father's footsteps and take over the firm.

Physical description

Part of a frame of carved limewood, in the form of a curved moulding carved with a bundle of reeds and acanthus leaves, surmounted by a dragon

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1730-1770 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved limewood

Dimensions

Height: 41.5 in, Width: 5.25 in

Descriptive line

Part of a frame of carved limewood, in the form of a curved moulding carved with a bundle of reeds and acanthus leaves, surmounted by a dragon

Materials

Limewood

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Architectural fittings; Interiors; Woodwork

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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