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.
Contact us with your custom framing requirements. Visit our client space at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers to see our large range of frames and finishes.
Every framing order at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers is unique with each customer having their own particular needs.
In this case study our clients required a frame for a large oil on canvas to be displayed at a private residence in Mayfair, London.
They wanted the frame to match the style of an existing leather and metal frame, so the painting would sit well with the rest of the luxury interior.
We sourced frame samples with different finishes which would suit the painting and which could be combined to build a similar combination frame.
After visiting the residence and consulting with our clients, they chose a 68mm wide flat Larson-Juhl 'Antique Brown' faux leather finished frame with a dark silver aluminium wrap frame adding a polished metallic accent on the outer edge. The LJ Angus Faux Leather frames are available in 'Antique Brown' (Dark Brown), 'Cognac' (Tan) and 'Dutch Black' in three classic profiles.
Our clients requested glazing and so we recommended Anti-Reflective glass with spacers to provide protection and superb clarity, especially since the painting has dark tones which will become highly reflective under regular glass.
Oil paintings do not need to be glazed, although glazing will protect the painting from the build up of dust over time which can damage the surface of the paint and then require professional cleaning.
The faux leather with polished aluminium successfully frames this painting by being both contemporary and traditional.
Contact us with your bespoke framing requirements and visit our client space to see our large range of frames and finishes.
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