WHILE OUR INTERACTIVE WEB SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION we are pleased to offer frame consultations, answer any queries, or search for the correct frame for your painting, photograph, drawing, print, architectural or decorative design project.

We offer three floors of extensive inventory: more than 2,500 fine period frames whose dates span 400 years. Styles range from 16th-century European and Old Master frames to 20th-century American Modernist to custom-made Contemporary.

We have 20 years experience buying, selling and restoring affordable period frames for private collectors, art dealers, artists and museums; as well as providing custom-designed, replica, and period decorative frames and mirrors for interior designers, architects and home owners. Gill & Lagodich frames have appeared in theatrical productions, television commercials, films, print ads, newspaper features and magazine articles.

We will frame entire exhibitions or your one treasured masterpiece.

Our street-level gallery and three gilding and wood restoration studios are located in Manhattan's historic TriBeCa neighborhood.
So that we may give your individual framing project our fullest personal attention please call ahead to schedule an appointment before visiting.
GILL & LAGODICH also provides frame suggestions by postal mail, e-mail or telephone.

Most period frame examples shown in our exhibitions and catalogues are available for purchase or replication in your specified dimensions by our expert staff of gilders and woodcarvers. Please inquire for ordering information and prices.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS ON THE EDGE: THE FRAME IN AMERICA 1820 TO 1920 : A travelling exhibition of over 60 frames from the Gill & Lagodich permanent collection. The critically acclaimed exhibition and catalogue explore the evolution of American frame design, demonstrating how frame styles followed social trends in painting, architecture and interior design, as well as technological advances in the mass-production of frames and art printing. The survey begins with the 1820s Sully frame, whose strong lines are closely related to the Greek Revival architecture of post-Federal America. Frame design elements of other decades include the naturalistic motifs of the 1850s, neo-classical Hudson River School landscape frames, and a selection of eclectic Aesthetic-style frames mass-produced in the 1870s and '80s. Other frames shown are those created or designed by architects and artists, notably the refined Beaux Arts motifs of Stanford White, the bundled-reed design James McNeill Whistler favored for his tonalist paintings, and a whimsical gilded frame hand-carved by the artist Charles Prendergast, a wonderful example of the American Arts & Crafts frame movement.

The 24-page photographically illustrated (black-and- white) exhibition catalogue is available for $22.00 (sales tax and postage paid). Limited edition.


Santa Monica, CA
January 6 through February 3, 1996

Laguna Beach, CA
June 21 through August 25, 1996

TriBeCa, NYC
January 10 through March 21, 1998

Excerpt from LOS ANGELES TIMES, ART REVIEW January 18, 1996
Framing the American Experience From 1820-1920
"An extraordinary exhibition of more than 60 empty picture frames ... provides a concise and detailed survey of American frame design from 1820 to 1920. Organized by Tracy Gill and Simeon Lagodich, this beautifully installed show traces a nation's changing tastes and aspirations." - David Pagel

FRAMES OF REFERENCE: FROM OBJECT TO SUBJECT : A unique group exhibition that explores frames and postmodern notions of "framing." The exhibition - in a sense, three exhibitions - offers a compelling history of traditional period frames, a look at how contemporary artists have utilised the frame, and, most importantly, what their juxtaposition reveals about the history, culture, and politics of "framing." The first exhibition to explore the frame as it has evolved from physical object to conceptual subject. The exhibition consists of a salon-style hanging (from floor to the 28-foot-high ceiling) of empty, 16th- to 20th-century European and American frames from the Gill & Lagodich Collection. Contextualized within this installation of period frames, and in some cases deployed on the floor, contemporary works (paintings, sculptures and installations, photographs and lightboxes, and videotapes) are presented. These works incorporate the frame or related framing devices as formal element, context, content and critique. As such, these works represent the most important characteristics of art since the late 1960s in which the exclusionary and elitist boundaries of modernism are explored, challenged, and blurred. The "real world" - anaethma to modernism - is "framed" or embedded within their work. Participating artists include Renee Cox, Kathy Grove, Hans Haacke, Alfredo Jaar, Louise Lawler, Allan McCollum, Frank Moore, Jeanne Silverthorne, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Photographically illustrated 4/color exhibition brochure with scholarly essays by exhibition curator Nina Felshin and frames curator, Tracy Gill.

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Middletown, CT
January 29 through March 5th, 2000

THE AMERICAN FRAME: FROM ORIGIN TO ORIGINALITY : A traveling exhibition of over 65 American and European frames from the collection of Gill & Lagodich Fine Period Frames, New York City. American frames from the 19th and 20th centuries are shown alongside original 16th- to 19th-century European frames and plaster models to illustrate the inspiration and origin of ideas explored by American frame makers and demonstrate the evolution of design and techniques across countries and centuries.
European frames include examples from France, Holland, Italy, and Spain that illustrate traditional design elements and gilding techniques such as pastiglia, sgrafitto and punchwork. These are juxtaposed with American examples which first borrow, then transform their European models into distinctly American conceptions such as: the abundantly naturalistic motifs of the 1850s enhanced with gilded embossed-paper coves, stenciled sand patterns, and neo-gothic finials; traditional neo-classical landscape frames refined to suit the luminist effects of Hudson River School paintings; a selection of eclectic Aesthetic-style frames mass-produced in the 1870s and '80s that glorify design elements from Europe and the Far East; and artist-made frames of the American Arts and Crafts movement decorated with punched and hand-drawn designs.
Other frames shown are those created or designed by architects and artists, notably the refined architecturally-inspired Beaux Arts frame designs of Stanford White; the bundled-reed designs and varied gilded palettes James McNeill Whistler created to surround his tonalist paintings; and the frames most favored by American Impressionist painters: silvered and gilded American Arts & Crafts frames of the early 20th-century hand-carved and signed by their makers. Frames designed and/or fabricated by artists include those by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown, Edgar Degas, James McNeill Whistler, Frederic Watts, Childe Hassam, Hermann Dudley Murphy, Frederick Harer, Max Kuehne, and Charles Prendergast.
As in Europe, American frame designs were influenced by changing tastes in architecture, interior design and other decorative arts, as well as concurrent artistic movements. This exhibit shows how certain frames can help document changes in American decorative arts history; and also represent the marriage of decorative art with fine art.

Exhibition catalogue: 52-pages plus cover, 4/color throughout, 80 frame images, full-color end papers from The Grammar of Ornament, 1856.
The book is a compilation of scholarly essays with with footnotes; 3-page glossary; selected bibliography; accompanying full frame images and details that illustrate, compare and contrast four hundred years of frame ornament and design. European frame styles pictured include 18th century French; 16th, 17th and 18th century Spanish and Italian; American frames range from the 1820s to 1930s Modernist artist-made designs.
Catalogue is available for $24.00 (sales tax and postage paid).


Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY
January 20 through April 13, 2003

New York City, NY
September 18, 2003 through December 20, 2003

ANTIQUES, December 12, 2003
The Frames, Too, Can Be Valuable
"Ms. Gill and Mr. Lagodich are co-curators of
"The American Frame: From Origin to Originality."
"The show is terrific because it's an opportunity to see a real survey of American frames. It helps you understand the importance of a frame as a historical object and how crucial it is for a frame to be appropriate to the painting it holds."
Adaptability characterizes the American frame. "American frame styles changed decade by decade," Ms. Gill said. "The major movements and events in the history of American art, including Hudson River School, American Impressionism, Social Realism and Modernism, all influenced the design, manufacture and use of American frames." ...
"I call this exhibition a tasting menu: my point was to show that the history of frames is the history of ornament. American may be a young country but her framemakers certainly found their own voices in time."" -Wendy Moonan


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