This large period Arts & Crafts pyrography frame was produced by master craftsman and pyrographer Arthur G. Grinnell of New Bedford, Massachusetts c1908. Grinnell was elected a 'Craftsman' by the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts in 1899 and promoted to 'Mastership' in 1915. Grinnell's work is cited in the JMW Gallery 1997 Exhibition book 'Affirmation and Rediscovery...a Centennial Exhibition and Sale...Objects from The Society of Arts & Crafts Boston'. We've included a scan from the book about Grinnell's story. The exhibition catalog shows numerous frames and desk accessories produced by Grinnell. This frame is an especially beautiful frame, measuring 12" high by 10" across by 3" wide (with the stand flush against the back of the frame). The photo inset measures 5.5" high by 3.5" wide. It has a deeply carved tulips motif over three wood panels that are joined together. The original patina is a deep and rich brown, with hand-stained polychrome colors, which have acquired a lush patina with age. This frame is in original condition, including the glass, the photo backing pad with metal stand, and the metal hinge tabs which hold the front and back together. Period square nails hold the glass in place, although not likely intended when displayed with a photo. This large frame bears Arthur G. Grinnell's studio stamp on the interior, which reads 'Made by Arthur G. Grinnell, New Bedford, Mass.'. The original metal stand is marked 'Pat. May 19, 1908'. It is in original condition, no apologies. This period photo frame makes a rich Arts and Crafts presentation.
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