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Jean Cherin (French, 1733/34–1785)
Circa 1770
Stamped on verso CHERIN
43 x 34-1/4 inches (each), sight
Courtesy of Julius Lowy Frame & Restoring Company, Inc.

This pair of exquisitely carved transitional Louis XV gilt double sweep frames (one shown here) are ornamented with shell centers, acanthus fan corners, and top crested with a ribbon-tied leaf and flower cluster above a cabochon. They are the work of the mid-18th century Parisian framemaker Jean Cherin, and each is identified with his stamp on the verso. A similar frame resides in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

These frames are from one of the very few periods in which framemakers can be identified. In late 17th-century France, the carpentersi (menuisiers) and cabinetmakers' (ebenistes) guilds required that framemakers identify their work with stamps. Of the twenty-two artisans that have been identified from these stamps, Cherin is one of only two officially registered members of both guilds; he both built and carved the frames that bear his stamp.

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