This is a really interesting framing job Tony did recently which our customer has kindly given us permission to show...
It's an antique Japanese theatre mask made of wood and horse hair and I just couldn't resist getting a picture of Tony with it to compare beards!
The mask itself is hung by a brass hook so it can be removeable, and the high lacquer facing frame is hinged with a magnetic clasp to close it which has been recessed and stained black.
Inside the box is lined with lovely black suede mount board which sets off the pale mask to dramatic effect!
Tony hand made a very deep box frame to hold this and built up the finish in several layers, highly waxed to imitate Japanese lacquer with the red bole distressed through to show on the edges. The top frame or door is an Arqadia high lacquer moulding which sits well with the hand finishing on the box.
And just for fun one more shot of those beards... they could be distant relatives!
More unusual framing examples coming soon...