TRAMP ART or FOLK ART PICTURE FRAME with OLD BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO
I discovered tramp art frames a few years ago and have always kept an eye open for them. They were often made in remote country areas where people didn’t have access to commercial framing. They were mostly carved by hand and can be fairly rough which is their charm. This frame is actually rather sturdy. The wood is 3 x 2.5 cms It is in unrestored condition.
It still has its original wooden backing board. I cant tell if this is the original glass or what wood it is made of.
What is Tramp Art? Tramp art is an art movement found throughout the world where small pieces of wood, primarily from discarded cigar boxes and shipping crates, are whittled into layers of geometric patterns having the outside edges of each layer notch carved. The artists used simple tools such as a pocketknife to carve the recycled wood.
It was popular in the years between the 1870s to the 1940s after which the art form started to decline. It was made in prodigious numbers. The most common forms were the box and the frame. Although there were no rules or patterns to lend commonality in the artists’ work there were objects made in every conceivable shape and size including full sized furniture and objects of whimsy.