Antique picture frames with an acanthus style motif design. Our collection of fine period antique frames for sale are from the 16th to 21st Century, featuring American, Arts and Crafts, French, Italian, English including decorative carving and gold gilded accents. All of these frames can easily complement a valued art work, such as an oil painting, or be transformed into elegant mirrors.
Leaf borders and scroll motifs were used extensively in the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Foremost of these was the acanthus motif. Some say the acanthus, one of the oldest flowers in the Mediterranean area, represents long life. Throughout most of its long history the leaf ornament generally known as acanthus is in fact an imaginary leaf adapted to many uses.