Saturday, March 28, 2015

Antique Landscapes in Ugly Antique Frames

Another Garden Palace Project

These four antique oil paintings are by an unknown artist.
All four were obviously painted by the same person;
however, only one is signed.
The artist name is Davidson.

These came to me by way of my mother-in-law.
Although, I didn't know anything about them until after she was gone.

Each painting has the same initials on the backside that give me a clue as to where this collection came from and how my mother-in-law came by them. 

In the mid 1950s, the house they lived in was torn down. It was a beautiful Victorian three story house. Some items were unwanted by the owner and and were left for them to do with as they wished. 
The house owners initials are on the back side of each painting.

I think it is fun to know a little bit of history but I just could not live with the ugly frames. 
Or maybe I am just "into" all things white. 
I think it is interesting that each frame is different. 
I used chalk paint and distressed the frames before waxing them. 

Here they are at the base of the stairs in the Garden Palace. 

I have intentions for this wall display to grow up the stairs.
And I will probably paint all the frames. 


  1. Sharon, your Garden Palace is exactly that. What a work of true love and beauty. I enjoy living vicariously through your blog.

    1. Thanks Shirley, It really is one big fantasy or rather a one big daydream.

  2. Isn't it amazing how a frame can change the feel of a painting! Now they look fresh and bright!

    1. You are right, In there day, those frames might have worked but they seemed to detract so much from the paintings that I could not enjoy them.

  3. So happy to see you are blogging again. I looked at the recent posts, love that rug topped stool.



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