Getting the Most Out of Framing – The Lady of Shalott

You say “fill-it,” I say “fill-ay.” Either way (and they’re both correct, fyi), we’re talking about fillets. Y’know, those things that look like teeny-tiny frames but no one knows what they’re good for. Well, we’ll tell ya what they’re good for: making “The Lady of Shalott” look awesome. This Arthurian beauty was rendered in oil by John William Waterhouse not once or twice, but thrice. Our example is the 1888 version, and a painting like this needs a frame that isn’t shy.

Obviously the frame itself and the suede mat aren’t messin’ around. But the added detail of a fillet between the mat and image make an inexpensive poster look more like a priceless work of art. And what’s better than one fillet? Two fillets! We chose to put the fillets on the inside edge of the mat, but when you’re considering this element on your own design, don’t forget that fillets can also fit on the inside edge of a frame.

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