Picture Framing and Frames Restoration

Jul 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Specialist Articles
Frames Restoration

Picture Framing and Frames Restoration

For almost 20 years I was involved in producing hand finished picture frames for the top end of the art market working for art dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide.  I‘ve been lucky enough to get close up and personal to many great works of art including paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Cezanne.  Frames I have worked on now hang in galleries, great houses, palaces and famous museums.  For the same period I carried out restoration projects including gilding and French polishing for the antiques trade.

Picture framing is in itself an art, with the choice of frame and mount making such a difference to any piece of artwork. Ensuring that the right colour mount is used will bring out the best of the image and form a link to the frame, which itself needs to be of a style and size to suit the picture.  The end result balances the whole look of the completed work, while not overshadowing the artwork itself.

The right style of frame is really important, you have to take into account the age and style of a painting.  A modern picture needs a contemporary frame.  A period piece should be framed in a period frame if one is available, this may involve some restoration which we will carry out in a sympathetic manner.  If an original period frame is not available we can reproduce frames that are in the correct style and look like they have some age to them.  We use the same techniques to restore other antiques and furniture.

Here at Artfellows we have been able to produce frames for a wide range of items – from 17th century oil paintings to a large scale model of a Maori dugout canoe!  With everything in between including medals, military memorabilia, signed sports shirts, teddy bears, handmade tiles, stained glass panels and fine porcelain.  Restoration projects have included tortoiseshell boxes, 18th century gilded sconces, lacquer trays, a six leaf dining table (George 111 scorched in a fire), and stone garden statues!

Written by Alex Buller

Artfellows Picture Framers and Art Gallery
5-5a Cattle Market Street, Fakenham, NR21 9AW
01328 862000

www.artfellows.co.uk

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