No date. Oil on canvas, 31″ x 52″. Framed in hand carved No. 301 CV + Cap 811 CV — 3-1/2″ in walnut (Nut Brown stain), with No. 400 CV — 1″ carved walnut liner in 18 karat pale gold leaf.
Framed by his love of nature, Koester’s “Ducks In a Pond” deserved a natural wood frame, alive to the beauty of the birds and their watery habitat—something better than the indifferent production gold frame it was in (at right). We used a carved compound scoop, No. 301 CV + Cap 811 CV in walnut at 3-1/2″ wide plus a 1″ wide carved walnut liner. The scoop form leading in to the painting enhances not only the perspective in the painting, but creates the effect of the banks of the pond (extending the visible banks) framing the life of the water birds. It also echoes the waves in the water, as does the carving, and works in complement to the fat outer bead and cushion form of the liner, which is oil-gilded in 18 karat pale gold leaf.