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  • The residual value that remains in an object which has sustained damage. It is the price at which an object would sell for between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither party being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts and full awareness of(...)
  • Popular in the late 17th to mid 18th century this profile had an acanthus leaf at the hollow of the frame.
  • Type of 19th century finish that is comprised of a gilded coating of sand.
  • Heavily adorned Italian frames from the 2nd half of the 16th century influenced by architecture at the time, characterized with fruit garlands, overlapping scrolls, pediments, etc.
  • Scheduled personal property is a supplemental insurance policy that extends coverage beyond the standard protection provided in a homeowners' insurance policy. By purchasing a scheduled personal property policy, owners can ensure full coverage of expensive items, such as jewelry and fine art,(...)
  • A Chicago firm that was founded in 1976 that specializes in archival, custom framing services for artists, galleries, museums and clients. www.seabergframing.com
  • Two or more sheets of Optium bonded together to create a custom oversized sheet to accommodate large works. Under typical viewing conditions, the seam is not ready evident.
  • Patented in 1970 as an affordable and easily assemble frame. Variations of the design are still in use today.
  • Tamper resistant hardware affixed to the wall and back of a frame that allows for removal with a key.
  • A design element made by scratching through a surface to reveal the layer of contrasting color or finish below. Oftentimes on frames, a layer of black finished is scratched to reveal a layer of gilding below.
  • A frame with increased depth to accommodate artwork or artifacts that have dimensional elements.
  • Shark or stingray skin that is used a decorative element to adorn a surface.
  • Developed in the 1880s, this is the most common black and white photographic medium. Images are produced with silver halides suspended in a layer of gelatin on a fiber based paper.
  • Leaf made of silver. It is often sealed to maintain it's natural appearance and luster, and to avoid tarnishing.
  • The chemical process of coating glass with a reflective substance. Oftentimes to create a mirror.
  • A durable PVC board that is lightweight and is often used as a substrate for mounting prints and photos to.
  • An archival presentation case that is stored horizontally that opens flat used for storing documents, artwork, maps, etc. Used in private collections, museums and libraries.
  • An insert made of plastic, wood, or mat board which holds the artwork away from the surface of the glazing.
  • A shaped liner designed to accommodate an oval or round piece within a rectangular pr square frame.
  • The part of the book cover that covers the binding of the text block.
  • Multiple moldings that are combined to create one frame.
  • (1853-1906) American architect and frame designer. Designed classical gilded frames for prominent artists such as Augustus St. Gaudens, Abbott Thayer and Thomas Wilmer Dewing.
  • An inner frame that is installed provide extra support to the decorative exterior frame.
  • A long narrow metal hanger that accommodates 2-4 screws and is attached on either side of the frame to secure hanging wire.
  • A stretcher is a wooden frame designed to support stretched canvas. Stretchers are designed for the insertion of keys to adjust canvas tension.
  • A frame profile that is a shallow "s" shape which resembles the contour of a swan.

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