Period frames enhance and strengthen the paintings they hold and can be original to the painting or reproduction frames. West Lake Conservators repairs antique frames and advises on new frames when the original is lost or damaged beyond repair.
We address structural and aesthetic considerations by repairing broken moldings, replacing lost ornamentation, and preserving original finishes. Infilling and intoning is done with reversible, non-tarnishing materials to match the antique character of the original finish as closely as possible. Overpaint and earlier poor repairs can be removed to reveal original gilt finishes and details. .
A well-fitting, structurally sound frame combined with archival, non-reactive materials and preservation mounting techniques will protect and ensure the longevity of the artwork. For works of art on paper, conservation framing prevents unnecessary damage and becomes an important preservation package to safeguard the artwork well into the future. The creation of a 'micro-climate' within a framing system can protect vulnerable art and artifacts from a sometimes harsh environment.
Reproduction & New Frames
Through study and years of familiarity with period pieces, our experience can guide you in the selection of a historically accurate and aesthetically appropriate replacement frame when required. We offer new frames from firms selected for their master craftsmanship, finishing skills, and range of styles and prices. This diversity enables us to find an appropriate molding to suit a specific budget.
New period frame in a style appropriate to the date of the painting seen on right (1940's frame on 1880's painting on left).
West Lake Conservators, PO Box 45, Skaneateles, NY 13152. Tel. 315 685 8534