Eli Wilner Frame, Stanford White Style, American c. 1900 Style Frame, Ex. William Merritt Chase
Applied ornament and gilded frame
Based on an American c.1900 Stanford White style 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.
Stanford White (1853 - 1906) was a prolific architect at the helm of the Beaux-Arts school. Known foremost for his role in the architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White whose important commissions included Madison Square Garden (1891), the Washington Memorial Arch (1891), and the New York Herald Building (1892), White's design practice transcended solely architecture and included work in the jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts.
White's distinguishable frames are marked by inspiration from Italian masters with pared down, more subtle designs and finishes. In fact, White collected frames as sources of inspiration and often modified them for his own work. Many of White's frames were custom made for particular paintings belonging to friends and patrons. The artist, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, collaborated with Stanford White whose gilded frames enhanced his ghostlike paintings of women.
Sight size (opening): 32" x 35"; profile width 4 1/4"
Overall size: 43 1/4" x 40 1/4"
*Gallery price: $28,000 - 34,000
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 Christie's to present William Merritt Chase's Children Playing Parlor Croquet [sketch] (1888), which realized a price of $4,000,000. The work is oil on canvas and was offered at Christie's in Fall 2015.
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.