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framed painting of a ship sailing away

'Man of War in a Harbour' after treatment

The frame of 'Man of War in a Harbour' was conserved by Germaine Denn, a freelance frame conservator based at the National Conservation Centre.

This frame is an excellent example of an 18th century Italianate frame or more commonly known as a Marratta after the painter Carlo Marratta, current in Britain from the 1750s to the 1790s. This style of frame is also sometimes called a Salvator Rosa after the painter but this term is generally used in Italy rather than Britain.

The prominent curved top edge has a distinct alternate moulding known as gadrooning with small decorative embellishments on each section. A repeat run of leaves sit beside the gadrooning. The front hollow or scoop is followed by a carved applique of stylised acanthus and shell. The back edge moulding is also a repeat foliage pattern.

Follow the links below to find out more about the condition of the frame before treatment and how it was conserved.