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British picture framemakers, 1600-1950 - I

An online resource, launched in 2007, selectively updated twice yearly. Last updated March 2022. Contributions are welcome, to Jacob Simon at [email protected].

Introduction Resources and bibliography

William Innes, Oxford, see James Wyatt

Updated September 2019, November 2020
Charles Ives, 9 Durham Place, Campden Hill Road, Notting Hill Gate, London W 1910-1914, road renumbered 1914/5, 156 Campden Hill Road 1915-1944. Picture framemaker.

In his trade label from 9 Durham Place, probably dating to about 1910 or soon after, Charles Ives advertised as carver, gilder and framemaker, expert print and picture restorer, claiming that the business had been established in 1878 (label on backboard of Jules Legand’s Angra Pequena, Library of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, acc. no.18, information from Lila Komnick).

A partner in the framing business of Glover & Ives, 1905-1909, at 9 Durham Place, Charles Ives ran the business on his own from 1910. He advertised that he was a 'manufacturer and gilder of reproductions of carved frames by French process; also imitation tortoiseshell frames; very moderate prices to artists. Illustrated catalogue on application' (The Studio, vol.87, January 1924, p.xxiii).

Charles Ives (1871-1927) was described as a signwriter living in Shepherds Bush, London, in the 1901 census, with his wife Alice (1874-1950), and a boarder Frank Bazeley, art metal worker. By the time of the 1911 census he was listed as a gilder and framemaker and employer, living in Maidenhead, where he was born, with his wife Alice Isabel and son Philip Bazeley, age 8. He died in 1927 at 237 Fulham Road but described as of White Thorn, Windsor Lane, Burnham, with probate granted to his widow and effects worth £1290.

In the 1939 England and Wales Register, Charles’s widow, Alice, was listed as proprietor of a picture frame manufactory, with her son Philip (1902-89) recorded as working manager, picture frame manufactory. The business was closed by the government in 1944 as non-essential during the war (information from Stephen Kirby, Philip Ives’s grandson, February 2020).

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