American 19th century frame, applied ornament & gilded. A154 54 1/2” x 79” x 8”


The British-born American artist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) is known as the father of the Hudson River landscape painters. The frames Cole favored for his landscape paintings were inspired by similar British frames. There are a number of interpretations of the design though all those referred to as ‘Cole frames’ are embellished with a dense overall pattern comprised of c-scrolls, s-scrolls, leaves and flowers that are anchored by prominent corner ornaments and frequently situated on a ground of cross-hatching. This fine example includes all these elements with corners ornaments consisting of flourishes, acanthus and raffle leaves.