17th century ebonised Pearwood frame for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This reproduction frame is made of Pearwood with a hand carved and gilded sight edge; the gilt section creates a decorative border around the painting and helps to punctuate where the artwork ends and frame starts.  The carved inner edge is water gilt and then distressed to match the antique frame's period finish.  Pearwood is a close grain wood and ideal for replicating ebony; using mixed media the Pearwood is coloured and polished to a finish consistent with the antique model which is shown here as the smaller frame in the image.  The antique frame and commission was from Paul Mitchell Ltd.