I recently finished this oak frame as a present for my wife's birthday! It holds an original 1898 Alphonse Mucha lithograph, his cover for the L'Estampe Moderne lithograph collection. Mucha is my wife's favorite artist, and we went to Prague this spring, in part to see some of his work, so the frame and lithograph are an extension of that trip. I designed this frame with both Art Nouveau (the aesthetic of the lithograph) and Arts and Crafts (the aesthetic of our house and many of our belongings) in mind.
I paid close attention to the direction and shape of the grain, so that it would work well with each component. Each piece is attached to the others with exposed dovetail joints.
The top piece contains a carving of a Trillium Grandiflorum, one of my wife's favorite plants from the midwest (she's a botanist). As Christians the shape of the Trillium flower is also evocative of the trefoil, a symbol of the Trinity. Framing the flower is the stylized stem in the form of whiplash tracery.