Eastern European "Tramp Art" Carved Marquetry Picture Frame with Oxford Corners (LEO Design)


As the sentimental story goes, "Tramp Art" handcrafts were made by down-on-their-luck men who scavenged for the raw materials (fruit crates, wooden cigar boxes) then designed, cut and assembled the pieces, often using simple notch-cut "serrations" to create an elegant (yet folksy) decorative flourish to their creations.  Personally, I believe that such chip-carved works were made by a far-broader range of people: weekend hobbyists, shop class students, even cottage industry souvenir producers.  Whether these nostalgic stories are true or not, I nevertheless admire and like to collect Tramp Art frames, boxes and sculpture.  They have a sophisticated—yet casual—elegance and always radiate the warmth of a painstakingly handcrafted object.  This frame, above, would make the perfect home for a woodsy photograph or small watercolor—and would look equally at-home in a Manhattan townhouse or country cabin.  Please click on the photo above learn more about it.


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