Is it irreplaceable? That is the question you must ask yourself before you start down this path.
- Is your art an original or a limited edition?
- Was it purchased for investment purposes?
- Does it have sentimental or historical value?
Is it Irreplaceable?
Just as time effects the human complexion, so, too, does it effect our irreplaceable pieces of art. Through advanced techniques and materials, however, we are able to prevent or slow the powerful forces of the environment. The art we enjoy today may be passed down to grandchildren, and their grandchildren alike. H. Marion Framing will make that journey possible.
mint con·di·tion: in order for any object to be considered in mint condition, it must be able to be returned to its original state; as though it had never been any other way.
The materials and methods we use are safe for long-term storage and do not contain any chemicals that adversely effect the art. These are some of the practices and products we use to help your art endure time.
Paper is damaged from prolonged contact with acidic surroundings. To prevent fading and yellowing, we use only 100% cotton, or Artcare™ archival boards with a MicroChamber® technology that actually removes pollutants.
The effects of UV rays are permanent, causing colors to fade and papers to become brittle. Our ultraviolet-filtering glazing will absorb up to 98% of the damaging rays found in all types of light. Available in glass or light-weight acrylic, we stock 13 different types of glazing materials. We will make sure that the right one is specified for your project.
Beautiful on the inside, too
Mounting is the process by which your artwork is attached to the backing board. Through this process, wavy or wrinkled art can be flattened to look beautiful, and memorabilia can be carefully supported. Care will always be taken that valuable art is attached using fully reversible mounting techniques including Japanese hinges, corner mounts, hand-sewing and object mounts.
Evaluation and free inspection
We recommend a periodic inspection of valuable art every 10-15 years. At H. Marion Framing Studio, we are happy to provide a free artwork inspection to
- Evaluate whether acidic boards need to be replaced
- Check to see if the mounting hardware is secure on the frame
- Look for signs of bug infestation
- Inspect the back of the frame to see if the dust cover is torn and/or in need of replacement
- Suggest replacing UV filtering glass on anything framed more than fifteen years ago
Oil paintings should be stripped and re-varnished every 50-70 years, and relined every 100 years or so.
Certified Picture Framer®
You expect your doctor or accountant to be board-certified.Why not your framer? The CPF® that appears after my name indicates that I am recognized as an individual with a superior understanding of the principles and preservation practices of the framing profession. This Certified Picture Framer® designation was developed in 1986 as a way to provide recognition to individuals who adhere to strict professional framing standards.
Contact us today for help with your next art preservation project.