Unique, Handmade and Gold Leaf Framing

For exquisite handmade frames, whether they are gold leaf, or carved mahogany, Shuptrine’s continues a tradition begun by dedicated artisans of centuries past by the marriage of art and frame. Lead by our owner, and master craftsman, Alan Shuptrine has emerged as a leading practitioner of the nearly-lost art of water gilding. Over the past twenty years, Shuptrine has made a name for himself by creating one-of-a-kind museum quality frames for works by artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Henri Matisse, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, Elliott Daingerfield, Maynard Dixon, and his father, Hubert Shuptrine, to name a few. The creation of these frames, as well as the study of artists such as Charles Prendergast, Child Hassam, Sanford White, and Stephen Scott Young, has inspired our artisans. We excel in beautiful frames that are hand carved and gilded frames. Gold Leaf Designs framing is in over 40 museums nationwide and is one of the best kept secrets for the private art collectors.

    Featured Frames

  • American rustic style frame with carved flutes and crescent moons. Stained deep rich brownish black with 22Kt gold leaf liner.

  • Taos, American Western / Native American style frame with liner. 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole, raised 12Kt gold leaf ornament.

  • 1930s Depression Era style frame, 22 Kt gold leaf on outer crown amd minor lip, combed gesso slant.

  • American style frame with laced crown detail and ogee interior. Gilded with 12Kt gold leaf over plum colored bole, strapped ornaments in corner. Glass Windows, Stephen Scott Young. Watercolor on paper.

  • American style frame, California inspired with carved flutes and strapped ornaments in corner. Gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole.

    American style frame, California inspired with carved flutes and strapped ornaments in corner. Gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole.

  • French Louis XIV inspired portrait frame with oval spandrel. Carved and gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole, distressed and patinated with antiquing glazes.

  • American Western inspired frame and liner with handcarved paisley piercings and a sweeping ogee profile.

  • American style frame with cove and pie shell crown. Rolled and hooded corners. Gilded with 22Kt gold matte-leaf over rouge bole. Center cove with Childe Hassan finish.

  • 1930s Depresion era style frame for William Halsey watercolor original, Taxco, Mexico. Carved and stained basswood interior, 22Kt gold leaf with inner and outer crowns.

  • Italian style frame with pierced acanthus leaf outer crown and deep cove interior. Gilded wtih 22Kt gold leaf over black and rouge bole.

  • Chattanooga Symphony and Opera frame, commissioned by William L. Montague, carved musical and opera corner motifs, gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over black and rouge bole.

  • Watercolor frame, 22Kt gold leaf American style reeded frame surrounding darkly stained mahogany cove molding. Hand-wrapped silk mat and gilded fillet.

  • American style Stephen Scott Young frame, half round crown with cove and interior reeds. 12Kt white gold leaf over blue/black bole.

  • Stephen Scott Young inspired frame, American style slant with Gothic outer crown and strapped ribbon corner ornaments, 12Kt white gold leaf over black bole.

  • Natural Beauty, hand-carved driftwood frame for Stephen Scott Young original watercolor. Inner frame gilded with 12Kt white gold leaf with hand-wrapped silk mat and gilded fillet.

  • Hunter Eddy – Egg and Peaches, Oil on Panel 6 x 10 inches – Italian style mohogany frame with 22Kt gold over rouge bole water gilded liner with medium distressing.

  • John Singer Sargent inspired frame. Blending American underneath English and Italian styles, this special frame has a taste of every nation which John Singer Sargent loved. Commissioned by nationally acclaimed portrait artist, Bart Lindstrom, this spectacular frame is 8″ wide (but can be made any width), and incorportates reeds, coves, fluted coves, crossed ribbons and scrolled acanthus corners. Gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole.

  • Designed for Wedding Lace by Stephen Scott Young. American style watercolor and landscape frame, Whistler inspired, gilded with 12Kt white gold leaf over black bole. Center panel darkly stained and French polished. Inner raised section, as well as fillet, also hand-wrapped off-white linen mat and gilded with 12Kt white gold leaf.

  • Daud Akhriev in a a white and yellow gold Italian Casetta frame with Sgraffito corners

  • JEWEL – Stephen Scott Young Watercolor – 16 X 22 inches – OD = 25 X 31 Inches – Arts and Craft style frame, 12 Kt White Gold with carved scrolled corners. Water gilded over rouge bole with a hand-wrapped linen mat.

  • 12Kt white gold western style hand-carved frame by Alan Shuptrine

    12Kt white gold western style hand-carved frame by Alan Shuptrine.

  • Contemporary Frames

  • Gustav Klimpt inspired tabernacle style frame with reeded columns, ogee crowned pediment, and inlaid copper ornament. Gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole.

  • Hicks inspired American style etching frame with corner plinths and square acanthus rosettes. Gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over dark rouge bole.

  • American/Italian landscape frame. Stained deep brownish black over a rouge glaze. Inner liner gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole. Designed for Kathleen Mack original oil, Standing Room Only.

  • English Key Corner frame with gilded inner lip and rosettes. Stained dark brownish red mahogany, waxed and buffed. This frame was designed for antique prints, maps and etchings.

  • Japanese Kimono frame with carved 12Kt white gold leaf corners, black lacquer stiles and rails with padded Shantung silk background.

  • Contemporary Modernist style float frame (any width), gilded with 12Kt white gold leaf over black bole. Interior float space (½″) painted black.

  • Italian Cassetta style frame with sgraffitao design etched into corners. 12Kt white gold leaf entablature with 22Kt gold leaf crown and lip. This frame was originally designed for an antique Venitian map.

  • Modernist Abstract style frame with gilded and faceted monolithic stones, 12Kt white gold leaf over black bole faux bronze, with matching gilded liner.

  • Art Nouveau style lilypad frame with carved pads and stems. Reverse ogee profile, 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole, hand-wrapped off-white linen mat and gilded fillet. This frame was originally designed for an Alice Ravenel Huger Smith watercolor, Little Blue Herons, 1911.

  • Portrait Frames

  • American Colonial style deep cove and quarter crown, raised swagged ribbon design in cove. 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole.

  • Arts and Crafts style frame, Childe Hassam inspired with carved fluted crown. Interior ribbon straps on corners, 22 Kt gold leaf over rouge bole.

  • The Wedding Frame. American style ogee and cove molding with applied corner ornaments of roses and acanthus leaves. 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole with mathcing liner.

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    Arts and Crafts style frame, Alan Shuptrine original design with carved flute/pillow corner repeat. 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole with matching liner.

  • Elizabeth O’Neill Verner frame, slanted Cassetta style profile with applied acanthus corner ornaments. Gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole.

  • Rebekah, © Stephen Scott Young (30 X 20.75 inches)

    American/Venetian style frame with laxed crown repeat and scrolled acanthus interior lip.

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