Picture Frame Petrified Wood, Pebbles & Seashells
This very large antique picture frame was hand made in the early twentieth century from a combination of beach pebbles and various size chunks of petrified wood, with a few sea shells added on the base. Even the "supports" on each side of the frame are pieces of petrified wood. The framework is wood, with the natural decorations glued on and then given a glossy topcoat.
Created by a visionary craftsman or craftswoman, it's reminiscent of the rockwork gardens and grottoes that are built by artists using the materials they have at hand to express themselves and their art.
Overall, this frame stands 11 1/2 inches high and is 13 inches wide and 4 inches front to back. It weighs a substantial 4 3/4 pounds. A photograph or picture can be added from a slot on the back. The actual glassed sight area is 4 1/2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches high; the back opening will accommodate up to a 5x7 picture.
The Annie Oakley and bathing beauty pictures are just copies we made for display. The frame is in amazing condition, with all the rocks, shells and pebbles firmly attached, the glass in fine condition and the wooden frame tightly joined and undamaged. The bottom of the base is covered in yellow felt to protect surfaces.
This is a one of a kind piece of folk art and a fabulous frame for a treasured photograph or picture.