Framing a William Seltzer Rice Nautical Print

Over the years, we’ve framed quite a few works by William Seltzer Rice, and just recently had a few more come in. I especially love Rice’s nautical prints—like this one, “Ships of Yesterday” (ca. 1926), which we just framed for Gus Bostrom of California Historical Design. (It’s available here.) Rice carved parallel fine lines in the woodblock for shading. So to create a harmonious setting, we used that same technique in a simple flat frame in walnut stained black, with fine flutes carved into the face. For color harmony, a green painted slip answers the bit we see of the ship’s great setting—the mighty green ocean. Trevor made the frame.

WS Rice block printFramed WS Rice print

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