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Caring for Photographs

By April Hann Lanford

The category of photography, while it sounds specific, can include a vast amount of variables. Since the late 19th century, photographs have evolved from Daguerreotypes, to tin types, albumen prints, to silver gelatin prints, and color photographs. 

Retouching

In the 19th century, images were often retouched by hand to improve details that were lost in the exposure, or the image improved with the addition of highlights or shadows.

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Handling Furniture

By April Hann Lanford

Improper handling poses one of the greatest risks to the damage of an item.

Whenever handling a three-dimensional object or a piece of furniture it is important to identify if there are areas of damage or weakness.  Keeping an eye for areas of instability and understanding the construction of a piece can all play an important role on how the work is handled, packed, and/or transported.

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How to Clean Specialty Glazing

By April Hann Lanford

While fine art glazing is designed to preserve and protect, it should also be cleaned and handled with care.

The following are recommendations based on the type of Tru Vue UV filtering glazing that we regularly frame and protect our client’s work with.  If you have questions on what was used on your piece, please contact us, we want to ensure that the glazing continues to look as good as the artwork it protects!

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Handling Fine Art

By April Hann Lanford

Improper handling poses one of the greatest risks to the damage of an item.

Whenever handling a work of art, it is important to identify if there are areas of damage or weakness.  Keeping an eye for areas of instability and understanding the construction of a piece can all play an important role on how the work is handled, packed, and/or transported.

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Cleaning and Care of Gilded Frames

By April Hann Lanford

Paintings and gilded frames frequently come to our studio that has sustained damage from improper cleaning.  While clients attempt to their artwork with the best of intentions, sometimes cleaning can do more harm than good.

All cleaning processes involve contact with the surface of a piece, which causes friction on the surface. This eventually leads to abrasion, which cumulatively can damage the frame.  Oftentimes, it is better to have a light accumulation of dust rather than risk inadvertently damaging the frame that you are trying to care for.

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Cleaning and Care of Paintings

By April Hann Lanford

Paintings and gilded frames frequently come to our studio that has sustained damage from improper cleaning.  While clients attempt to their artwork with the best of intentions, sometimes cleaning can do more harm than good.  All cleaning processes involve contact with the surface of a piece, which causes friction on the surface. This eventually leads to abrasion, which cumulatively can damage the piece.

Oftentimes, it is better to have a light accumulation of dust rather than risk inadvertently damaging the piece that you are trying to care for.

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FrAMING Articles

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There is a lot that goes into the design and fabrication of an archival custom frame. Whether a minimal TIG welded aluminum frame, acrylic vitrine, or a custom carved wood, 22k gilded antique revival frame, each design can have a variety of approaches and materials.

 Topics are written top help familiarize our clients with the materials and techiniques that are recommended for fine framing.

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Emergency Care Articles

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Our emergency care articles are a helpful introduction on how to prevent damage through preventative measuresfor art and antique collections.  When a disaster strikes, prompt response and taking the right steps can mitigate further damage.  

Topics are based on twenty years of firsthand experience of handling a variety of fine art, framing and antique losses.

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Antique Trader Article

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For more than 60 years Antique Trader has been inspiring, informing and entertaining the collecting community with timely news coverage, lively collector profiles and in-depth articles on topics as varied and as broad as the big, bold, beautiful antiques world. Published 24 times a year and offering a weekly digital newsletter, Antique Trader provides expert insight, historical perspective, values and incomparable content, all designed to guarantee a robust and rewarding experience.

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Glossary

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Click here to visit our glossary to learn about the terms that are frequently used in the fine art, conservation, fine framing industries.

 

 

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Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

Online

We also welcome inquiries through email.

If you have questions about a general treatment or need an approximate cost for a project, you can send images and information about your piece.  When possible please include the following information:

Title, Artist, Medium, and Size

Condition Observations and Concerns

Images of the front and back, with any details.

We will call you to follow up and gather any further pertinent information.

Onsite

Clients are welcome to make an appointment to drop off items at one of our studio locations for an estimate.

Upon completion of the assessment, we will follow up with a written condition report and treatment proposal for your approval.

Custom framing appointments can also be made at any of locations.

To schedule an appointment please feel welcome to email, call, or submit an inquiry via through our form at the bottom of the page.

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