1899 Exposition Poster

We framed the 45″ x 20″ poster in quartersawn white oak with Weathered Oak stain. Flat frame profile has decoratively chamfered corners.

The challenge in framing this beautiful antique poster advertising the 1899 National Export Exposition in Philadelphia was to harmonize utilitarian and artistic concerns: to balance the simplicity and boldness of presentation naturally suitable to a poster frame, with the poster’s abundance of decorative detail. I’m pleased with the results. The effectiveness of the frame relies first and foremost on the beautiful “ray flake” figure of the wood. The profile is basically flat, but the corners are decoratively treated using chamfers to emphasize and exaggerate and embellish the simple cut-in curve that articulates the corners.

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