When framing traditional artwork, it is not always necessary to choose a traditional frame. Often a more modern style of frame can be an excellent choice.
Although these landscape paintings are fairly traditional in style, the client was keen to frame them in something more contemporary, to suit the room they were destined to be hung in.
Having the options of the individual hand finishes meant that we could introduce a wide choice of colours and stains for the client to pick from.
The client chose a simple, square section, painted a solid, mid grey which tonally complemented the paintings without competing with colours.
A client with William Hogarth etchings was keen to remove them from the plastic 60's frames they were in and frame them in a more modern style than the period the prints were made. It was important however to frame them in a profile that was still appropriate to the style of the prints.
There were a few good frame choices and we decided on an elegant black Ogee profile which we modified with the addition of a traditional shaped gold slip.
The mount colour was partially influenced by the red mounts they had previously been framed in, as it is a colour which adds richness, working well with the black and gold frame. A further enhancement of a gold mount slip was added to tie the mount to the frame, completing it.
When framing valuable prints we recommend using UV-filtered glass or acrylic, which have an option of anti-reflection.
A simple square wooden frame hand painted in a darkest grey tone, created the right finish for this eye-popping Op Art Bridget Riley Poster, which was float mounted on conservation board and UV filtered glass raised.
'Focusing isn't just an optical activity, it is also a mental one.' Bridget Riley
If you are considering displaying a piece of memorabilia we recommend our conservation framing options, such as with this piece with a large amount of sentimental value. A client brought in a special edition commemorative tea towel with a design of the 1969 Moon landing which needed re-stretching and framing.
With the image on the towel being bold and colourful, we decided framing it up close, without a mount, would be a particularly neat way to frame it. Wide frames could have been used but we found narrow frames also worked well.
The client chose one of our narrow ash frames which had a pinkish-grey paint & wash hand finish. We stretched the towel over an acid-free board and the frame was glazed with Anti-Reflective glass to give excellent clarity and to allow the brilliance of colour to be seen.
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