Quebec Frame St John Baptist Antique 1890s Very Fine

This is an antique wood frame, completely handmade in Quebec and dating probably from the 1890s. It has the distinctive Quebec style cross corners, and in this case, unusual carved wooden and gilded insets at each of the four corners. The reverse portion is complete, down to the finished holding strut and theoriginal blacksmith nails. I took this all apart for cleaning and found it in amazingly fine condition. The antique print is cut down from an old German "Lieber" lithograph, and it has its original dust backing, glass cover and twisted wire hanger. This is a precious piece and a real Old Quebec "icon", St Jean Baptiste being the patron saint of the province of Quebec itself. The overall size dimensions of the frame, including the extended corners, measures 17 1/4 by 11 1/4". The center opening is 12 1/4 by 91/2", and the print portion and backing fit flush into it. Condition: the frame is quite perfect; the revese backing board is in two pieces and the strut holding center is in good shape, tacks easily into place and very nicely crafted. The print shows a little creasing and wear but nothing serious; the original slub glass has a few minor scratches. A collector's antique frame.

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