The frame is an important part of the visual experience of appreciating a painting. It focuses the viewer's attention, isolating the painting from its surroundings, and may also be appreciated as an object in its own right.
We have comprehensive experience in the conservation and restoration of picture and mirror frames, dating from the seventeenth century to modern times. Works can be carried out in the studio or in-situ.
Prior to undertaking repair or restoration of a frame, we will complete a report detailing the condition of the structure, supports and composition. Treatments will include:
- Repair of timber support.
- Cleaning and removal of surface and ingrained dirt using appropriate pH-neutral gels.
- Re-modelling of missing embellishments using moulds or hand-carving with gesso or composition.
- Replacement to areas of loss.
- Oil or water re-gilding or painting.
- Re-varnishing or re-patination where necessary.
Careful consideration is given to the extent of intervention to previous layers of over-gilding and over-painting which may have affected the original detailing of the frame. As conservation specialists, we maintain a careful balance between retention of original or historic layers, and appreciation of the object as originally intended.