Large Solid Mahogany Frame
Kaare Klint, Denmark 1940s
A large picture frame designed by Kaare Klint and made by Rudolf Rasmussen, Denmark, in the 1940s.
The quality of the materials used in this piece and its construction are excellent.
The 4 cm wide & 2 cm deep timber used in the frame's border is solid mahogany which is superbly rich in colour and has a luminous quality.
It is possible to mount the frame in portrait or landscape. 4 recesses for hanging exist on the reverse of the frame and these are topped by plates of brass. This allows the user to change the layout of the frame, ensures it is stable when hung and prevents wear to the wood. Similarly, deep recesses have been created for the substantial brass arms which can be swung in and out to lock and unlock the backboard of the frame. The solid design of this mechanism means damage has not occurred despite the amount of times the image displayed within must have changed over the last 70 years.
The smooth surface of the hardboard backboard should technically face the wall when in use -to minimise dust from gathering. However, for decorative effect and to show off the cabinet maker's sticker we have flipped the backboard around. The handwritten serial number on the paper label is faded but begins with '331 [...]'
Width: 60 cm
Depth: 2 cm
Picture size: 51 x 71 cm