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Framing makes the difference between buying and selling of a painting

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Empty Frame for the Sargeant
Image in original disrepair

This American Civil War portrait will most likely be displayed in the very prestigious Union League of Philadelphia. It was built in 1865 in honour of Abraham Lincoln and the republic. Lincoln was schedule to do the opening ribbon cutting ceremonies but was killed three weeks before the event.
The Union League has one of the largest collections in the world of Civil War related items. Open to the public one day a week for viewing.

We were charged with restoring these and bringing them back to their former glory!

Optimized-Piece of Bottom corner

       

We only had a partial piece to create the bottom plaques

Shield with sole piece of plaque incorporated
Newly created Shield with Inverted Indian

After all the work the frame was ready for gilding. More photos to follow...

Prior to Gilding
Picture of a Hunting Dog

St. Marie

 

Dogs have been with us for centuries – as companions, or working dogs, they really are man’s best friend. We see them everywhere in pictures, on TV, in magazines, we read about them online, and Facebook and Twitter bombard us with those ubiquitous photos of the family dog in numerous funny poses, caught in a moment of pure delight, a vaguely human facial expression, or caught in the act of doing something users think everyone will find delightful. They’ve appeared in film and cartoons and gone on to be household names.

Back in the day, another way to appreciate the appeal of a dog was as ornamentation and they’ve appeared in various pedigrees, forms and artwork over the centuries, the brass dog cigarette lighter, or the dog heads on the top of a walking stick. They’ve appeared in artwork since time immemorial and it’s evident that man worshipped his dog as much as the Egyptians worshipped their cats.

Coming back to the ornaments, show me any person that doesn’t have at least one dog ornament, however small it may be. Personally, I have a bronze of a greyhound as it reminds me of my own.

 The imagery of dogs is featured on pottery, vases and jewellery and sometimes associated with religion back in Roman times. By the time the Victorian times arrived dogs were very much part of art and design and featured in portraits that had been commissioned by owners to show off their hunting dogs, sometimes posing with their masters.

If you’re a bit of a dog lover and a fan of any canine related art then take a look at our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/VictoriaFineArt ) where you can see a new album ‘Dogs in Art’ showing a number of our nineteenth century pieces currently for sale. www.facebook.com/VictoriaFineArt as you’re bound to find something that you’ll like within an excellent price range.

'The New Arrival' by Bernard Pothast

Welcome to the new Victoria Fine Art website!

After many months of work, we've upgraded our site to be the best website for buyers of traditional and contemporary Fine Art in the UK - possibly the whole world!

We've made it easier for visitors to zoom in on pictures to explore details, textures and brushwork like never before. We've also enhanced our search engine so it's now possible for art lovers to search for pictures by artist, title and categories of subject matter, size, period and price bracket.

Promoting the work of contemporary artists is one of our missions,  so we've created a new feature - the Artist Showcase. Why not bookmark this page so you can see the work and track the career progress of new artists as we update it monthly?

And we didn't stop there. Our powerful new content management system makes it possible to curate artworks by artist, theme, period, country of origin, style - even size! See our Online Exhibition feature. We can't wait to display our fabulous collection of literally thousands of beautiful, covetable paintings - many of them never before seen on the internet.

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