Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Framing Arts and Crafts Tiles
This first piece, above, is a Grueby tile—a great and iconic Arts and Crafts piece familiar to many. At just 6" x 6" it wanted a restrained treatment. The fine line work suggested the two fine beads for the sight edge of the frame, while the cove (between the beads) provided a gentle means of focusing the eye on and taking the viewer in to the quiet mood of the piece.
The third example is a round trivet tile with a scene rendered in carved lines. Trevor expertly carved a line of the same size and shape (a small flute) just outside the circular window.
The series above is contemporary, made by Carreux de Nord out of Wisconsin. The wonderful line work in these needed only a complementary rectilinear treatment of the frame. A mortise-and-tenon flat was used for its architectural character and and to enhance the horizontal format of the tiles. This frame in particular could be hung to achieve great mural feeling. A mitered cap molding was chosen to contain and delineate the whole composition. What beautiful work these tile makers do!
Finally, another mortise-and-tenon frame we made years ago for a Rookwood Thistle tile. Again, the frame couldn't be simpler, except for the chamfer that amplifies the lines of the tile.
Of course, in all these examples, beautifully flaked quartersawn oak provides a great deal of interest as well as suitable material for Arts and Crafts items as well as the homes they're likely to reside in.
All these frames are flat, in keeping with the decorative flat treatment of the tiles, relying on just one element in the frame to echo a key element in the tile. But that's enough to achieve the frame's goal of sustaining and expanding the spirit of an artwork into the architectural realm and the life of the setting in which it will take its place.
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