Bibliography & Glossary
Wilner, Eli & Co. Inc. The Art of the Frame.
"American Frames 1820-1920." 18 minutes. New York: 1991.
Back Edge – the outermost section of the frame from the art.
Enrichment – an embellishment of carved or composition element.
Fillet – a narrow flat section used between rows of larger ornament.
Flat panel – a wide flat section of the frame common in such frame
styles as the cassetta or box frame.
Frieze – a flat panel between raised moldings, occasionally decorated.
Hollow – a concave section often appearing next to the back edge
as well as the front. See COVE.
Molding – the shaped profile or outline of the frame.
Moldings can be rectilinear, curved and composite curved (ogee).
A frame may have several sections of molding combined.
Ogee – a molding featuring the combination of convex and concave
lines in a S-shape.
Rail – where the top edge of the frame curves in from the edges.
Rabbet (Rebate) – a recessed area beneath the sight edge into which the art is fitted.
Reverse – a frame where the molding slopes away from the sight edge.
Running pattern – decoration that runs continuously around a frame.
Cove (Scoop) – a large concave hollow sloping towards the sight edge.
Profile (Section) – a cross section of the frame showing
the shape (contours) and arrangement of elements.
Sight edge – the innermost section of the frame that borders the artwork.
Slip (Flat liner) – a flat liner inserted into the rabbet of a
frame to accommodate a painting to a particular frame.
Spandrel – a shaped liner made to accommodate oval or circular
art placed in a rectangular frame.
Top edge – the element of the frame that projects the furthest
toward the viewer.