Tuscan late sixteenth-/early seventeenth-century reverse cassetta frame, with fillet, frieze and stepped mouldings to sight edge; finished with parcel-gilt rails and black paint; the frieze decorated at corners and centres with gold arabesques; supplied by Paul Mitchell Limited (r).
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Newton, Kenneth (1933-1984): Basket, Bottles & Grapes, 1980, signed and dated 1980, inscribed signed and dated 1980, oil on canvas, 106.5 x 111.5 cms. The Richard Harris Gift.
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The strong and dramatic chiaroscuro of Newton’s work demands an equal contrast in his framing, provided by the black and gold finish. The bolection profile of this reverse cassetta also creates a powerful sense of forward movement, complementing and enhancing the plastic qualities of the painted objects and the illusion that they project beyond the picture surface into the observer’s space.
The cassetta frame, with its decorated frieze and powerful sense of late Renaissance art, underscores the Old Master quality of Newton’s still life painting.