Collectable memorabilia offers some unique framing challenges. As well as framing them appropriately, conservation must be considered.
This collection of boxer's career cards were double-sided which prevented the use of tapes and adhesives. They could have been held in place and mounted using different methods including using archival plastic sleeves or corner pockets. Our client was not keen on these since they would be visible and could be distracting. Instead we mounted the cards holding them in place with a tray method, this way they were viewable in near entirety and easily removable.
For 20 boxing cards and also a gold title card, a particular multi-aperture mount pattern was requested by our client. The pattern was a dynamic shape and worked very well with the sports and boxing theme.
Our client decided on a black conservation mount with black cotton core, which complimented the colourful boxing images.
A gold metal leaf slip was added to the smooth, traditionally shaped, matt black lacquer frame to opulently define the inside edge. UV filtered glass was used to reduce fading with an anti-reflective coating for optimum clarity.
Slight alterations to frames can have impressive effects. For this 20th Century Impressionist painting of Montmartre by Charles Malle, we created a frame to our client's specifications.
We began with various hand finished samples to decide on shape, width and colour combinations. The final combination chosen was a large frame with a wide frieze between raised astragals with a pale grey and white distressed paint finish.
Our client, however, decided a slightly deeper tone was needed, so we replaced the pale grey with a darker, bluer hue.
The colour alteration created a bolder frame with the darker frieze enhancing the whiteness of the astragals, which then brought out the cool tones in the painting. Our client was very pleased with the result.
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