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Antique American Frames Identification and Price Guide: 2nd Edition (Confident Collector) Paperback – December, 1999

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ANNOTATION A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR

Proud as I was of the first edition, I'm thrilled with the second. The book compiles information that took me more than two decades to gather and presents it beautifully. The initial publication was evidence of the awareness and industry that my endeavors have created throughout the country, but now, with its added chapter on collectors and collections, the Guide is proof that period frames have finally come into their own - as both a transforming element for two-dimensional art, and as works of art in themselves. I urge one and all to purchase the Guide and become "expert" in identification. Also, I recommend The Art of the Frame, published in conjunction with an exhibition held in my gallery in 1988. For more information about the gallery, please contact our website at www.eliwilner.com.

-- Eli Wilner, December 20, 1999

About the Author

ELI WILNER is President of Eli Wilner & Company, Inc., in New York, premier dealers of antique picture frames.He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Confident Collector
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Quill; 2 edition (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038080221X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380802210
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book hoping to get some real specific information on buying and selling antique american frames. I enjoyed reading this book because it gave me a bigger picture of how the frame styles developed in America (even though I also felt like Mr. Wilner's chatty tone seemed to talk down to his audience). I agree with some of the other reviewers in that this certainly is an enthusiastic book and creates awareness for people to look at what surrounds the picture instead of just looking at the painting. Antique frames should certainly be studied and written about and noticed and matched with the right paintings.

I do have some complaints however. I am an antiques dealer and I have some other books in the Confident Collector series. I really don't think this book fits in the same spirit as the rest of the series. I think Mr. Wilner's prices are all off base with the real world of antiques and collecting. They seem to be a self-serving guide to prices in his shop alone. I go to lots of auctions and antique markets in many states and have been in the business for many years of selling both paintings and frames and I rarely have seen frames alone sell for the kind of values he is giving them. I know that prices are going up since more awareness has made people appreciate the so-called art of the frame more. I have seen that there are many exhibits and articles on antique frames in the last few years, and I have seen that frames are starting to cost more as people become more aware that frames can be as important as a painting.I know that people like Mr. Wilner are benefiting the public by educating them on what a good frame is. I agree that some frames are very valuable, like an original Stanford White or a signed artists frame (as described in the book), but it seems that Mr.
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I purchased a copy of the first edition of Antique American Frames a few years ago because of a keen interest I have in American painting and antiques. The book totally transformed my perspective on frames, and now when I am shopping for antiques or considering the purchase of a painting, I take notice of the frame. Using the knowledge gleaned from this book, I fancy myself a budding frame aficionado. I was expressing my newfound passion to my cousin and ended up giving her my copy. I often take the book with me to the store or gallery I am visiting, so I immediately orderd a replacement copy for myself. I was delighted to find that there is a currently a second edition of the price guide available, complete with the latest prices. The 2nd edition also contains a wonderful chapter on collectors, both collectors of paintings in antique frames, and, just the frames themselves. I was particularly struck by the analogy of the period frame to vase; when you think about it, vases are valued the world over just by themselves and exhibited empty. You never think about something being missing. I highly recommend the 2nd edition of Antique American Frames Identification and Price Guide as a must-have for anyone who appreciates the power and beauty of American craftsmanship and artistry. Like the final sentence in the new chapter says "at last period frames have come into their own."
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I have been interested in American art for the last several years, and I found this book by accident while browsing on line, and was blown away. For me (and for very many other people, I suspect) this book made me rethink my assumptions about American art. Wilner tosses off a story early in the book that makes a point that, embarrassingly, I had never considered before: Michelangelo's great painting "The Holy Family" is surrounded by a wonderful round frame. The image is quite familiar to us miserable unfortunates who have never had the honor of seeing it in person at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence from art history classes or in books; but (until the color photograph in this book) I had never seen it in it's frame. Wilner asks: why is it that in books we see only the painting, but when we see the actual painting hanging on the wall in Florence, it is inside a frame? The author asserts that the proper marriage of frame and painting is a special experience, working in unison to illuminate the painting and enhancing the artistic impression. In fact, Wilner says that he views frames as sculpture, "as a handcrafted object that can exist independently of a picture." Before reading this book if I had come across someone purporting this frame-as-sculpture argument I would have been, at best, skeptical. However, since reading this book, I think that I've come around to see it Mr. Wilner's way. His love of period frames is evident in every page of this book, and his energy for the subject soon becomes contagious. After reading Antique American Frames I have found myself becoming very conscious of frames, delighting in well framed paintings, horrified by mismatches. It is remarkable what a frame can do.Read more ›
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I bought this book hoping that it would help identify antique frames. It is printed on cheap paper, the illustrations are barely 2 inches tall, the photos are black and white, and the prices are absurd. I found one of my frames in the book (with the maker's label) and photographed it and offered it to Eli Wilner & Co. The book said the value was 11,000 to 17,000 dollars. Wilner offered me $500. I much prefer "Collecting Picture and Photo Frames" by Schneider. Good large photos in color and reasonable values. Don't waste your time on this book.
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