8 of the best picture frames

Enhance special photos and paintings with these pretty antique, vintage and contemporary frames

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Edwardian silver photograph frame

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£575, AC Silver

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01912 402645; acsilver.co.uk

‘Laurel’ photograph frame

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From £7.90, India Jane

020 8799 7166; indiajane.co.uk

Italian giltwood frame, c1612

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£1,350, Horneman Antiques

020 7229 2898; raymondhorneman.co.uk

‘Phoenix’ photograph frame

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£25, Loaf

0845 468 0698; loaf.com

Chinoiserie lacquered photograph frame, c1900

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£240, Lorfords

01666 505 111; lorfordsantiques.com

Art deco bakelite swivelling picture frame

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£65, The Old Cinema

020 8995 4166; theoldcinema.co.uk

‘Double Sided’ photo frame

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From £12.95, Decorator’s Notebook

0845 474 1747; decoratorsnotebook.co.uk

Silver frame, c1904

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£685, Steppes Hill Farm Antiques

01795 470699; steppeshillfarmantiques.com

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While the picture frame often holds something beautiful, it can also be just as eye-catching as its contents. Frames can certainly tell their own story, from the earliest 14th-century examples, which were gothic and gilded, reflecting the cathedrals in which they sat, to the plainer pieces that were designed for domestic use during the Renaissance. The Victorians often made their own, while abstract expressionists didn’t use frames at all. Whatever the setting you’re seeking for your treasured artwork, these examples should place it firmly in the picture…