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FRAMING Articles

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Closed Corner Frames,

The Epitome of Custom Craftsmanship

By April Hann Lanford

Closed corner or finished corner frames are custom crafted from start to finish.  This allows for seamless designs and continuous, uninterrupted patterns and ornamentation at the corners.  A museum standard, and collector preferred, these frames provide the first impression for the quality and care of the artwork it houses.

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8 Fundamental Lessons for Archival Framing

By April Hann Lanford

When you meet with a specialist about framing your work of art, selecting the right frame is only part of the equation.  The proper frame should not only beautifully present the piece, but it should also protect it too.  Over the years we have seen many pieces arrive to the studio needing conservation due to improper framing with non-archival materials.

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Glazing Options, When the Difference Isn’t Clear

By April Hann Lanford

With the multitude of glazing options now available in the industry, selecting the right glazing can be a daunting task.  There are many options available with some UV protective properties as well as standard glass with none.  Framing should not only be created with aesthetics in mind, but to also protect your artwork while on view. 

Here are a few questions to initially consider when reviewing glazing options for a frame:

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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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Welded Frames Offer Flexibility in Design

By April Hann Lanford

The beauty of metal frames is that you can take an industrial and raw approach to them, or in other cases, achieve a highly polished, minimal and sleek appearance.

Due to their inherent strength, metal frames can allow for narrower frame profiles for larger artwork.  It all depends on the type of metal selected as well as the finish.

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Custom Oval Frames 

By April Hann Lanford

Our closed corner or finished corner frames are custom crafted at our studio from start to finish.  This allows for seamless designs and continuous, uninterrupted patterns. While most of our custom framing is rectangular in nature, we also create custom round and oval frames. 

This Louis XV revival style oval frame is a combination of hand carving with inscribed detail finish in watergilt 22k and an ebonized finish to add contrast within the deisgn. 

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Frameless Displays, Acrylic Facemounts

By April Hann Lanford

A frameless and contemporary way to display photographs; acrylic facemounts have become a favorite option among professional artists and galleries.  It provides a sleek, streamlined, and economical way to present works as large as 5 ft x 10ft.

What is an Acrylic Facemount?

The application of an optically clear adhesive directly to the face of a print and adhering it to a sheet of acrylic

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Collection Care Articles

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Our collection of educational articles provide an introduction to many topics about the preservation and conservation of fine art, antiques and fine furniture.

Topics are often written as a result of questions provided by our clients. 

Click Here to Review Helpful Information about Archival Storage, Guidance on Dusting and Cleaning of Specialty Glass and Acrylic, and General Collection Care.



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 Articles

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Visit our collection of articles that have been published in Antique Trader

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.

Click Here to Review Helpful Information about out published articles about the preservation, collection and display of fine art and antiques.



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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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At Our Studios

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.


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.


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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We can also serve you by appointment at our other locations in the Chicagoland area.

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