Eli Wilner Frame, American c. 1950 Style Frame Ex. Thomas Hart Benton
Shaped and stained wood
Based on an American c. 1950 period frame.
As opposed to mass-produced frames, original Eli Wilner hand-crafted frames are created by craftspeople at Eli Wilner using the same skills and tools used during the period and required countless hours to produce and finish.
Sight size (opening): 29 1/2" x 21 3/4"; profile width 5 5/8"
Overall size: 40 3/4" x 33"
*Gallery price: $22,000 - 27,000
Condition: Made by Eli Wilner and Company in the past 20 years. More detailed condition reports and additional photographs are available by request. The photographs attempt to show the condition of the frame. Please request a condition report through the online bidding platform or call Guernsey's at 212-794-2280 to request a more thorough condition report.
Provenance: This frame was loaned to Sotheby's to present Thomas Hart Benton's (1889 - 1975) Little Brown Jug (c. 1941), which realized a price of $2,434,500. The work is tempera on board and was offered at Sotheby's in the Fall of 2009.
For decades, the name Eli Wilner & Company has been synonymous with picture frames of the highest quality, hand-crafted using old-world artisanship. Following the conclusion of prominent museum exhibitions or important art auctions, frames the Company loaned for those occasions were returned and became part of the Eli Wilner Classic Frame Collection. Now, the more than four hundred beautiful frames constituting this remarkable Collection will be presented at auction for those who appreciate the very finest. Inasmuch as some view these frames as masterpieces in and of themselves, simply add a mirror or nest them on the wall.
*Were an individual or an institution to order a bespoke frame from Wilner (all of Wilner's frames are bespoke) the client would be quoted the gallery price.