Antique Reproductions

Antique reproduction frames represent the best of both worlds: the authentic style of the past combined with the very best in modern frame design and archival methods. When an original frame has been lost, or is no longer an option, Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs can create a one-of-a-kind reproduction frame for you which is sympathetic to the time period.

For an Edward Hopper original, we would suggest a clean-lined simple American style moulding profile which would have been popular in the 1940s; however, for an 1867 Albert Bierstadt oil on canvas, we might suggest a ribbed Hudson River Style American cove moulding with carved and gilded ornaments of laurel leaf and strapped ribbon corners. Any design is possible, and any patina is possible; so, if you’re looking for a heavily distressed Italian Renaissance effect, or if you prefer modern and contemporary, we can deliver.

In addition to frames, Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs can create antique reproduction valences, cornices, furniture of all kinds, drapery rods, mirrors, shadowbox frames, antique doll cases, and just about anything else you can imagine. For more information or to discuss your unique project, call our gallery at 423-266-4453 and ask for our master craftsman Alan Shuptrine, or email us at

  • A 1930s/40s Post Depression Era style frame with Latin American influence designed for a watercolor and casein on paper: Taxco Mexico, by William Melton Halsey (1915-1999). Carved lattice in a deep coved mahogany moulding with raised bead repeat. Water gilded with 22Kt gold leaf over rouge bole on the outer and inner sections.

  • A Post-Impressionism style frame designed for an original oil on canvas for The Knoxville Museum of Art’s permanent collection, Knoxville, Tennessee. Carved and water gilded with 12Kt white gold leaf over rouge bole, agate burnished, and patinated with antiquing glazes.

  • Close up of the carved corner on the Lloyd Branson Frame.