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  • Series of interesting lines used as a design element which are typically incised in gesso and then finished.
  • Hanging hardware with D-shaped metal ring attached to a flat metal strip that is screwed into the wood of the back of the frame.
  • Developed in 1839, this was the first photographic medium that was available to the public. The image is produced on a light sensitive silver plated sheet of copper. Images are often housed in a small decorative case.
  • The rough, unfinished edge of a sheet of a sheet of paper. Often watercolor and printmaking papers have deckled-edges.
  • An overall repetitious pattern or design composed of clearly defined geometrical elements.
  • The brand name of a rigid sheeting coated on both sides with aluminum, surrounding a polyethylene core. Commonly used in mounting artwork or photographs when additional rigidity is required for a support.
  • The difference between the appraised value of an item immediately prior to an event of loss or damage and the appraised value of the same item after the event of loss or damage. If restoration, repair, or conservation is employed post damage, the Diminution in Value caused by such loss or(...)
  • A document created by collectors, collection managers and museums to identify risk exposures and strategize on recovery efforts, to prevent damage to collections and artifacts.
  • A change in the original color or tonality of a piece.
  • Designer of the original metal sectional frame in 1968.
  • Paper secured to the back of a frame to protect its contents from dust.
  • Traditionally made of dark wood, ebonized materials with ripple or basketweave moulding. Dutch frames are prized for their craftsmanship, elaborate yet understated beauty.
  • Imitation gold leaf, composed of varying concentrations of copper and zinc.
  • A stem profile that has a slightly rounded face.
  • Derived from Charles Eastlake designs, floral and linear designs that are incised in lacquered surfaces.
  • A surface that has been darkened or stained black to emulate ebony.
  • Dissolution, outward migration and precipitation of salts from within a material. Salts are typically visible on a surface as small crystals, white powdery or crusty deposits.
  • A repetitive design often used in neoclassical ornamentation that involved and egg shape alternating with a dart shape. Most commonly seen at the top of an ionic style capital on a pillar.
  • A transparent enclosure of polyester film that is sealed along the edges via ultrasonic weld, heat or adhesive.
  • Leaves of thick paper used to cover the inside of the cover board and support the hing. The outer leaf is the pastedown, the turning page is the fly leaf.
  • (1720-1794) 18th century French frame maker
  • Perfectly round holes evident in a wood support that measure in diameter from 1/32”-1/8” caused from a borer beetle exiting the wood to continue its life cycle.
  • The application of an optically clear adhesive directly to the face of a print and adhering it to a sheet of acrylic. The print is then backed with a rigid substrate such as dibond. A cleat is installed on the back for hanging, which then creates a frameless floating appearance of the(...)
  • Localized or overall shifts in a pigmented surface that has occurred as a result of exposure to UV light.
  • The price that property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither party being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. (IRS Pub 561).
  • French for "false wood". It is the trompe-l'œil practice of a painted surface to imitate wood grain, or varying species of wood.
  • A painting technique that emulates another surface or material.
  • Time period in American design usually classified between 1790-1830.
  • The metal or plastic cover that aligns and secures the adhered hairs together on the handle of a paintbrush.
  • An ornamental garland of fruit, foliage and flowers.
  • A narrow, decorative lengths of molding that can be installed along the site edge of a frame or liner, or along the edge of a mat opening.
  • The color, leaf or coating that is applied to a frame.
  • A frame where the ornamentation and finish is applied after the frame has been joined, resulting in a frame where the miters are not visible at the corners.
  • A slender unadorned frame profile that has a flat narrow face. Also often referred to as a gallery frame or profile.
  • Perfectly round holes evident in a wood support that measure in diameter from 1/32”-1/8” caused from a borer beetle exiting the wood to continue its life cycle.
  • A style of frame for a gallery wrapped canvas print or original painting. The stretched painting is mounted to the L shaped profile from the back instead of engaged in the front like a standard frame. This allows for the painting to be set within the frame, with the edges revealed, for a(...)
  • A mounting technique where the edges of the artwork are left uncovered by a mat board. This is typically done when the edges of the paper are decorative, deckled, or if the image extendes to the edge of the sheet. With this application the artwork appears to be floating on the mount within the(...)
  • (1871-1944) An American modernist painter, poet, set and costume designer who also designed frames for her artwork.
  • A series of parallel incised lines that run perpendicular to the length of the rail. Often used to adorn a cove. In architecture it is a common vertical design element on columns.
  • The turning page of the end paper.
  • A painted finish application of small specks of dark paint applied to imitate fly excretions on a surface to emulate an aged surface.
  • A light weight polystyrene board clad with clayloaded paper, or acid-free paper often used for backing boards in frames.
  • A series of leaves or leaf like ornamentation
  • The bottom of the page.
  • The front edge of the text block.
  • Reddish brown spots associated with mold growth or oxidation from small metallic components. The spots can vary in size and can be discrete or diffuse within the support.
  • Frame shop in Chicago that served the artist industry from 1984 to 2009.
  • A fine dust or support material left behind from a feeding insect. Often is referred to having the appearance of sawdust.
  • Founded in 1965 by Frederick Baker and Erich Klein, the studio fabricated handmade frames on their premises located at 1230 West Jackson until they closed in 2018.
  • Often incised in gesso, a continuous pattern of bands along a flat panel.

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