Mining for Gold - I

European Gold-Leafed Photo Frame (3.5 x 5) with Hand-Drawn Art Nouveau "Whiplash" Decoration (LEO Design)

One of my 2021 New Year's resolutions was to finish going through the last few remaining boxes—as-yet-untouched since closing my shop in Greenwich Village.  The boxes were mostly office supplies and display fixtures.  But they had been packed in a frenzy and, it turns out, there were a few merchandise items buried within them.  So I've had a little chance to "mine" a few little treasures, including a small trove of European gold-leafed frames.  I will share a few of my favorites with you this week.

This frame wears a confident Art Nouveau "whiplash" border upon its hand-applied gold leafing.  Thin sheets of gold are applied (with water) to the wooden frame below, after which the pattern is drawn by hand and the gold manually burnished.  It holds a 3.5" x 5" image and you can learn more about it by clicking on the photo above.

Another European gold-leafed frame tomorrow.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248