Frame Styles

At Period Frames, we have an extensive range of patterns and mouldings, including patterns from the 17th to the 20th century. Our frames continuously evolve to meet changes in the art market and most of our styles can also be adapted to any period of painting. We do this through the use of different colours and finishes, in particular for Modern British and contemporary paintings.

Our finishes include burnished bronze, metal leaf, yellow gold leaf up to 23.5 carot, 15 carot white gold, platinum, palladian leaf, painted gesso finishes, black ebony finishes and veneers.

We also undertake watercolour and print framing to conservation level.

Traditional Swept Frames

Included in our range of traditional swept frames are Stark, English and Chippendale.


This has been a traditional frame since the mid 19th century in the tradition of landscape artist A. J. Stark (1831 – 1902).

Typical of this style are the pierced corners with the sweeps and sprigs reaching out from the corner and centre decorations.

Period Frames casts this style from original box moulds.

Stark frame
Handmade Swept frames: Stark
2" Stark frame


Our English Frame can be made in different sizes, from 1” to 4”.

Here we show two examples:

A 3” English Swept frame with a gilt slip on 30 x 18” Dutch oil painting, shown here on the right.

Shown below is a smaller 1” English swept, in a metal leaf finish with a gilt slip, surrounding a 6 x 4” watercolour.

 English swept frame
1" English Swept Frame
Handmade Swept frames: Stark
3"  English Swept Frame

Panelled Frames


Panelled frames can be recognised by their decorative corners, centres and long panels. These work well on portraits, in the style of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646 – 1723) and Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830), both leading portrait artists of their time.


The 3.5 ” Kneller frame shown on the right is a 12 x 9 ” oil in decappé finish with a gesso slip.


Included in this range are frames named after Nicolas Lancret (1690 – 1743) and Eugène Louis Boudin (1824 – 1898) . These are very versatile frames, suiting impressionist style paintings, Modern British, and contemporary figurative art. Shown below right is a 3 ” Lancret with a bronze finish and an off-white gesso slip on a 18 x 14 oil on canvas.


Our Boudin is a very popular 2 ” frame shown here with a gesso slip in a colour and gold finish.

2" Boudin frame



3.5" Kneller frame
3" Lancret frame

Traditional Straight Frames

The Whistler style frame (after James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1834 - 1903) is a fine example, originating from the 1890’s, included in our range of Traditional Straight Frames. There are many varieties of this style but traditionally they can be recognised by a distinct ribbon front edge, flat gilt panel and a ribbed outer edge.

The image on the right shows one of our styles in the Whistler range and has been finished in metal leaf. This is a 3.5” frame with an off-white gesso slip on a 14 x 12 oil on panel.

This can also be adapted for a more contemporary finish, with a coloured central panel, a gold leaf inner and outer ribbed edge, shown below on a 12 x 8” oil on canvas.

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3.5" Whistler frame

Many Whistlers were made originally with the central panel in oak with the grain showing through. Period Frames is able to make this traditional Whistler frame with an oak central panel, gilded such that the grain is visible.

Another style in the Traditional Straight Frame range is the Dutch Primitive . A wide variety of paintings look well in this kind of frame, from early 17th century old masters to very contemporary works of art. The first example shows a more contemporary 8 x 8” oil framed in a 2” Dutch Primitive with a gold leaf front and back and a dark blue inner panel.

A further example of a straight frame that goes very well with Modern British paintings is our Seago, after the artist Edward Seago (1910 – 1974), shown here with a metal leaf inner and outer edge with mushroom coloured central panel.

3" Seago frame
2" Dutch Primitive frame

Contemporary Frames

The contemporary market has grown significantly in the last 20 years and needs different styles and finishes to frame more modern art. Period Frames now provides a wider range of sizes and is designing new styles of frame, as well as adapting our more traditional ranges, with modern finishes to meet the requirements of our clients.

Pisarro range

This example (see right) is our Pisarro range, which originally would have been finished in antique metal or gold leaf as a Traditional Straight Frame. Developed from a regency style frame with oak leaves in the corners and a decorative front edge, the profile of this frame has been modified for the modern art market and designed without any decoration. This 3” Pisarro comes with a metal leaf front and back edge, mushroom middle panel and gesso slip.

These frames can be finished in a range of traditional or more modern colours and come in 2 – 5” sizes.


3” Pisarro with Mushroom Panel

David range

Our David frame range was originally created as a traditional 17th century Dutch frame and is now reworked using different colour painted finishes to enhance the gilt front edge for contemporary works of art.

The 4” David shown here on a 20 x 24” oil is finished in aluminium leaf with a French grey coloured central panel. The panels on our frames can be worked up in any colour to suit the art work and tailored to client’s own specifications.



4” David frame in aluminium leaf

Reverse step range

This modern frame has three large reverse steps (3.5”) with an aluminium leaf finish and a black slip.

The clean lines and simple, elegant effect show off modern, geometric, abstract art as well as intricate detailed paintings and prints.

Black 3 “ Reverse Step frame

Our contemporary frame range includes (from left to right):

5” Dali frame with a dark blue stipple panel, metal leaf hockey and off-white gesso slip; 3.5” Dutch Ripple frame with a black finish; 5” Miro with charcoal stippled centre panel and polished outer edge; 3” Whistler with gold front edge and black panel.

Oak, veneer and polished wood frames


Oak frames

Shown here is a copy of a Flemish frame made in English oak, with pegged mortice and tenon joints, hand planed finish and hand planed mouldings.  An oak frame can be aged and finished to client requirements, from new through dark brown to ebony black.

Veneer frames

Shown on the right is a 3” Dutch Primitive with burr walnut centre, gilt inner and outer edge with a gesso slip.

Polished wood frames

The example on the right of a polished wood frame is a 2” Classic with a gilt slip and dark stained finish.

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