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Publication numberUS20050005494 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/617,412
Publication dateJan 13, 2005
Filing dateJul 11, 2003
Priority dateJul 11, 2003
Publication number10617412, 617412, US 2005/0005494 A1, US 2005/005494 A1, US 20050005494 A1, US 20050005494A1, US 2005005494 A1, US 2005005494A1, US-A1-20050005494, US-A1-2005005494, US2005/0005494A1, US2005/005494A1, US20050005494 A1, US20050005494A1, US2005005494 A1, US2005005494A1
InventorsFranklin Way
Original AssigneeWay Franklin B.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combination display frame
US 20050005494 A1
Abstract
A combination display frame for mounting at least one piece of art which includes a matte and a backing and a light source to provide back lighting. The matte has openings through which the art is displayed. One of the displayed pieces of art is at least partially transparent and the light source is imbedded within the frame for lighting the at least partially transparent piece of art from its backside. Preferably, a switch on the frame's outer periphery is provided for turning the light source on and off and the light source is a light panel about the same size and dimension as the art piece. Finally, the preferred embodiment includes an access panel which secures and provides access to the light panel.
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1. A combination display frame for mounting at least two pieces of art, said frame comprising:
(a) an outside periphery sufficient in size to surround said at least two pieces of art;
(b) a matte having openings that generally conform to the sizes of said at least two pieces of art and being received within said outside periphery;
(c) backing means juxtaposed with said matte for mounting said at least two pieces of art in such position that each is aligned with one of said openings in said matte;
(d) said at least two pieces of art comprising at least one at leat partially transparent piece; and
(e) light means associated with said backing means to provide back lighting only for said at least one at least partially transparent piece.
2. A combination display frame as recited in claim 1, wherein said frame further includes means for alternatively actuating said light means to either one of an on-condition or an off-condition.
3. A combination display frame as recited in claim 2, wherein said means for alternatively actuating said light means comprises a toggle switch and is associated with said outside periphery and a circuit means is provided to electrically associate said light means with said toggle switch.
4. A combination display frame as recited in claim 2, wherein said light means is formed of a battery powered light box.
5. A combination display frame as recited in claim 4, wherein said light box comprises a slim light panel with a fluorescent light source.
6. A combination display frame as recited in claim 1, wherein said backing means is in surface-to-surface contact with said matte.
7. A combination display frame as recited in claim 6, wherein said at least partially transparent piece comprises an outside piece of transparent acrylic and an inside piece of transparent acrylic for protecting said at least partially transparent piece.
8. A combination display frame as recited in claim 1, wherein said at least partially transparent piece depicts a subject matter and said at least two pieces of art further comprises a print of said subject matter, and said size of said print is at least four times larger than said size of said semi-transparent piece.
9. A combination display frame as recited in claim 8, wherein said at least partially transparent piece is positioned generally adjacent to an outer perimeter of said print.
10. A combination display frame as recited in claim 9, wherein said frame further includes a transparent protective means positioned in front of said print and said semi-transparent piece, said transparent protective means being associated with said outside periphery and said backing means to form a generally sealed assembly for said print and said semi-transparent piece.
11. A combination display frame for mounting at least two pieces of art comprising:
(a) a matte;
(b) backing means;
(c) an outer periphery;
(d) said at least two pieces of art comprising at least partially transparent piece and at least one generally opaque piece;
(e) a first opening in said matte corresponding to the shape of said at least partially transparent piece and a second opening in said matte corresponding to the shape of said at least one generally opaque piece.
(f) a third opening in said backing means corresponding to the shape of and aligned with said first opening in said matte;
(g) means for securing said backing means, said at least one at least partially transparent piece, said at least one generally opaque piece, and said matte in stationary relationship with one another; and
(h) light means for providing back lighting for said at least one at least partially transparent piece positioned in said third opening behind said at least one at least partially transparent piece.
12. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 11, wherein said light means is positioned within said third opening and behind said at least one at least partially transparent piece.
13. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 12, wherein said light means is secured in position with a removable access panel equipped with latching means.
14. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 11, wherein said means for securing said backing means, said at least one at least partially transparent piece, said at teat one generally opaque piece, and said matte comprise an adhesive material and a plurality of clamping devices positioned generally adjacent to said outside periphery.
15. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 11, wherein said at least partially transparent piece is a photographic negative and said at least one generally opaque piece is a print of said photographic negative.
16. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 13, wherein said light means comprises a light panel of generally same shape as said at least one at least partially transparent piece.
17. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 11, wherein said at least one generally opaque piece is three-dimensional in nature.
18. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 11 further comprising two short frame elements and two long frame elements adjacent to said outer periphery and a transparent cover placed between said matte and said two short and said two long frame elements to provide protection for said at least partially transparent piece and said at least one generally opaque piece.
19. A combination display frame for mounting at least two pieces of art comprising:
(a) a matte, backing means, an outer periphery, a semi-transparent art piece, a generally opaque art piece, and light means to provide back lighting for said semi-transparent art piece;
(b) said matte comprising a first opening of generally same shape and size of said at least one at least partially transparent art piece and a second opening of generally same shape and size of said at least one generally opaque art piece;
(c) said backing means comprising a third opening of generally same shape and size of said at least one at least partially transparent piece;
(d) said light means comprising a light panel of generally same shape and size of said third opening;
(e) means for securing in position relative to each other said matte, said at least one at least partially transparent piece, said at least one generally opaque art piece, and said backing means and comprising a plurality of mechanical clamps; and
(f) an access panel aligned within said third opening in said backing means with a latching handle wherein said light panel is placed in said opening and said access panel then removably secures said light panel
20. A combination display frame as claimed in claim 19, wherein said at least one at least partially transparent piece is a painting on glass and said at least one generally opaque art piece is three-dimensional and said at least two pieces of art further comprise a print and each of said pieces of art is aesthetically related to the others.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates in general to a display frame and, more specifically, to a frame which displays more than one piece of art or image, at least one of which is provided back lighting.

2. Description of the Prior Art

It is known in the art to frame pictures, paintings and other two-dimensional art using matting, backing and a decorative frame. It is also not uncommon for some three-dimensional pieces to be mounted and displayed in a frame-like setting. Some of these display frames include a glass or other protective and transparent surface between the art and the viewer, others do not. It is also known in the art to provide a framing apparatus wherein more than one piece of art may be displayed simultaneously. Finally, as art galleries have done for years, it is known in the art to provide lighting for art which is framed. Often, the lighting is in the form of a detachable light bar which is attached to the top of the frame and positioned to provide light to the front of the artwork. Sometimes this kind of light bar is attached at the bottom of the frame, shining up and toward the art.

The present invention differs from the above referenced inventions and others similar in that these prior devices do not contemplate providing a picture display frame for multiple pieces of art wherein back lighting is provided internally for at least one of the pieces.

The first objective of the present invention is to provide a display frame in which more than one piece of art is displayed at a time.

The second objective of the present invention is to provide a display frame in which at least one of the pieces of art is provided with a back lighting source.

The third objective of the present invention is to provide a display frame in which more than one piece of art is displayed simultaneously, the pieces are complimentary to one another, and at least one is provided with lighting.

The fourth objective of the present invention is to provide a display frame where the art pieces are similar to one another and at least one is of at least partially transparent material for which back lighting is provided.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a display frame for mounting at least one piece of art with one or more light sources imbedded within the elements of the frame for lighting at least one piece of art from the back. Power may be supplied to each of the light sources either through conventional plug-in method or by battery pack. Preferably, a switch for turning the light source on and off is located on the frame's outer periphery.

In the preferred embodiment, a generally conventional framing apparatus including a frame member, a matte, and backing is employed. The matte is cut such that a photo and its transparency (or slide) can be displayed through it. The backing is then also cut such that the back of the transparency is not obscured. A light source such as a light panel of dimensions generally equal to the transparency is then located just behind the transparency so that, when actuated, the transparency is back lit. Means to secure the light source in position is provided along with a way to access the source for replacement of batteries or bulbs or repair as necessary. Finally, circuitry from the light source to the switch is provided such that the light source can be located anywhere on a back side of the frame and a switch can still be conveniently provided on the frame's outer periphery.

Other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be readily appreciated from the following description. The description makes reference to the accompanying drawings, which are provided for illustration of the preferred embodiment. However, such embodiment does not represent the full scope of the invention. The subject matter which the inventor does regard as his invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of this specification.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the display frame of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an exploded view of the display frame showing each element in its relative position;

FIG. 3 is a back view of the display frame showing the matting and the art pieces;

FIG. 4 is a back view of the display frame showing the backing and the light source mounted in the backing; and

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the light source of the preferred embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The present invention shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 is a combination display frame shown generally at 10 comprising an outer periphery 12, a matte 14, backing means 16, light means 18, and at least two pieces of art 19. In the preferred embodiment, said at least two pieces of art 19 comprise a at least partially transparent piece of art 20, and a generally opaque piece of art 22 with an outer perimeter 23. Said matte 14 and said backing 16 are of the same general shape as said periphery 12 but of slightly smaller dimension.

Said matte 14 further comprises a first opening 30 of generally the same shape but of slightly smaller dimensions than said at least partially transparent piece of art 20 and a second opening 32 of generally the same shape but of slightly smaller dimensions than said generally opaque piece of art 22. Said backing means 16 further comprises a third opening 34, said third opening 34 being of generally the same shape and dimension as said second opening 32 in said matte 14.

As shown in FIG. 3, said at least partially transparent piece of art 20 is secured behind and within said first opening 30 in said matte 14; said generally opaque piece of art 22 is secured behind and within said second opening 32 in said matte 14. Referring back to FIG. 2, the backing means 16 is secured behind said generally opaque piece of art 22 and said at least partially transparent piece of art 20 and said third opening 34 is positioned behind said at least partially transparent piece of art 20 such that light may pass through said at least partially transparent piece of art 20. Said light means 18 is placed so that it directs light through said third opening 34, said at least partially transparent piece of art 20, and said first opening 30. Means for alternatively actuating said light means 42 to either one of an on-condition or an off-condition is provided. (See FIG. 4) Means for securing said matte 14, said backing 16, and said at least two pieces of art are provided. Said means for securing may include mechanical clamps or an adhesive material or other mechanical or magnetic means, all generally-known in the art.

In the preferred embodiment, said light means 18 is a slim light panel and fits directly into said third opening 34 behind said at least partially transparent piece of art 20. A removable access panel 40 (shown in FIG. 4) is provided which detachably secures said light means 18 in place. Said removable access panel 40 may include latching means 41. Also in the preferred embodiment, means for alternatively actuating said light means 42 is a switch that is preferably associated with said outer periphery 12 and connected to said light panel 18 by wire 44.

The art pieces of the preferred embodiment are aesthetically reflective of one another. For example, an enlarged photo and its negative, or a painting and a negative of a photo of the picture, or a photo and a transparent version of the same photo would all be reflective sets. In addition, a group of images of a single subject, seen from various perspectives or portrayed in different lights or seasons are also examples of reflective sets. The degree of transparency of any at least partially transparent pieces of art 20 can be varied for aesthetic appeal; the relative sizes of the generally opaque 22 and at least partially transparent 20 pieces may also vary according to the artist's desire.

An outside piece of transparent material 50 and an inside piece of transparent material 52 such as acrylic may be associated with said at least partially transparent piece 20 to provide protection for said at least partially transparent piece 20. Together the transparent materials 50 and 52 form a sandwich style display with the at least partially transparent piece 20.

As disclosed, said backing means 16 may be transparent and larger than said matte 14 and said matte 14 may be protected by transparent protective means 58 such as acrylic or glass the same size as said backing means 16. In this arrangement, the combination display frame 10 has transparent portions which overlap said matte 14. Once again, means for securing all in relationship 53 with one another may include the above-mentioned items. However, the preferred embodiment also includes two short frame members 54 and two long frame members 56 which are positioned adjacent to said outer periphery 12 to form a traditional, rectangular shaped frame. Said two short frame members 54 and said two long frame members 56 may be used as means for securing said matte, said backing means, said at least two art pieces and said light source in secured relationship 53 along with any of the aforementioned materials and may also serve as a decorative border.

Thus, the present invention has been described in an illustrative manner. It is to be understood that the terminology that has been used is intended to be in the nature of words of description rather than of limitation.

Many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. For example, there may be included more than one at least partially transparent pieces of art and, consequently, more than one light source. The display frame may be of the traditional type including a rectangular shape and framing pieces or it may comprise more non-traditional types such as an acrylic or otherwise transparent shape that provides the outer periphery. The light source may be a simple bulb and circuit rather than a light panel. It may be that there are more than two pieces of art displayed in the frame; and it may be that one or more of the art pieces are three-dimensional. Therefore, within the scope of the appended claims, the present invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification40/714, 40/768
International ClassificationA47G1/06
Cooperative ClassificationA47G1/0622
European ClassificationA47G1/06B2