St Ives Picture Frames St Ives Picture Frames This style of moulding is called ‘cassetta’, the term cassetta is Italian and translates to 'little box'. Cassetta frames are characterised by their box-like structure, featuring an inner and outer moulding separated by a flat frieze or band. This de
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St Ives Picture Frames

Option 1 - Traditional

traditional style st ives picture frame

The board you have will perfectly fit into the opening located at the rear of the frame. To ensure a hassle-free fit, we provide additional MDF backing board and flexible tabs.

This style of moulding is called ‘cassetta’, the term cassetta is Italian and translates to 'little box'. Cassetta frames are characterised by their box-like structure, featuring an inner and outer moulding separated by a flat frieze or band. This design creates a recessed central panel, giving the frame a distinct profile. These frames were commonly used for panel paintings during the Renaissance, emphasising the artwork within a well-defined border. The 'St Ives' term for this framing style originated around the 1950's in St Ives, Cornwall where many local artists framed their artwork in this style.

They are used to frame canvas or aluminium boards, upto around 5mm thick, in two distinct ways.
traditional style st ives
Traditional Style
float style st ives
Float Style

Option 2 - Float

float style st ives picture frame

The board is designed to rest on the top inner lip of the frame, with a slight 5mm overhang on all sides. This positioning creates the illusion of the board floating, showcasing its exposed edges.

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