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This frame fragment descended in the family of Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter. Its simple profile, which features carved cable and beading patterns, is characteristic of neoclassical style frames of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


Fragment of a carved and gilded, Neoclassical or Louis XVI entablature frame with a fillet and cable or ribbon-and-stick at its outer edge, a recessed center frieze, and a fillet and beading along its inner edge. Two nail or screw holes are present, one at either end of the fragment on the frieze.





Wood, gesso, gilt


Overall (H x W x D): 24 5/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 3/4 in. (62.55 cm x 6.35 cm x 1.91 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1956

Object Number


Colors (Beta)

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