Antique picture frame made from 18th century French faience rather than wood, estimated at €6000-8000 in Artcurial's auction on February 4. Image copyright: Artcurial.

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The example here was made in Marseilles at the Fauchier factory and is decorated in polychrome with acanthus, scrolling foliage and lambrequins. It measures 15 x 12in (38.5 x 30.5cm) and has some restoration to the angles. The estimate is €6000-8000.

Another frame of slightly smaller dimensions, ascribed to south-west France, is decorated in blue camieu with Bérainesque motifs of busts, putti, baskets of flowers, scrolls and draperies. It has some restoration and is estimated at €4000-6000.