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Frame: Danish Louis XVI, c. 1770. Wide moulded frame with cross-ribbons, fluted cove and bead-and-reel. Gilded.

Frame: Danish Louis XVI, c. 1770. Wide moulded frame with cross-ribbons, fluted cove and bead-and-reel. Gilded.

Louis XVI, Empire and Damborg

LOUIS XVI 1770-90

The whole of Europe was inspired in this period by the excavation of the antique Italian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A fresh wave of antique inspiration created a simple and classicising expression, in the design of both frames and interiors. Gone are the luxuriant floral swags and sweeping frame mouldings. Columns and stringent lines are again the fundamental elements, stretching from the court of Louis XVI to Denmark.

In the on the left, one can see how this finds expression in a Danish version. The crosses on the outer moulding of the frame were particularly popular. They are ribbons of leather, later gilded.

Frame: Damborg frame, 1830, Painting: Wilhelm Bendz, The Waagepetersen Family, 1830.

Frame: Damborg frame, 1830, Painting: Wilhelm Bendz, The Waagepetersen Family, 1830.

EMPIRE AND DAMBORG 1790-1840/50

When researching, it is not just frames that are investigated, but also paintings to a high degree, which show how their hanging and frames have been used in different houses.

Bendz’ painting of the Waagepetersen family is a good example of this. The paintings are hung from coloured ribbons and the frames are very close in the wine-merchant’s study. Waagepetersen was very definitely one of those who demonstrated the cultural interest of the middle class and their newly acquired economic ability to participate in the highbrow culture of the 19th century.

Both the frame on this picture and those on several of the pictures depicted are Damborg frames. Damborg was the royal court gilder and the most important framemaker of the 19th century.

Frame: Danish Louis XVI, end of 18th century. Circular, black painted with gold ornament.

Frame: Danish Louis XVI, end of 18th century. Circular, black painted with gold ornament.

Both the frame on this picture and those on several of the pictures depicted are Damborg frames. Damborg was the royal court gilder and the most important framemaker of the 19th century.

More than anyone, Damborg kept abreast of the times and exploited new techniques like the much cheaper pre-moulded plaster frames and metal elements. In this way, he could supply the middle class at affordable prices, and at the same time produce unique frames for Frederik VI for Christiansborg Castle and its church, Slotskirken.

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