recherché specialty picture framing       -  For the Fine Art of Picture Framing

Sometimes we need to recreate the original photograph and frame, here
the original photograph & frame was restored but we also 'duplicated' it in two sizes using frames sympathetic to the period

Original handcoloured photograph in mat and the replication restored photograph, new matting and period frame
An original handcoloured photograph of family group

This photograph has now been restored & replicated in two sizes, the original size and a smaller version.The arch-topped mat has been cut by hand for both versions
Original handcoloured photograph in arch-topped matting and its original period frame
A detail of the replication arch topped mat, handcut and with a gilded bevel and gold line

Preparing the leaf to gild the bevel of the arch topped matting

Detail of the finish on the period frame - gold over red


More gilding preparation

Ornamented corner detail of frame for replicated image of family portrait

And the leaf is applied to the bevelled opening of the mat

Applying the leaf to the size on the bevel for the larger of the two re-creations

Here we see the traditional skills and dexterity of an experienced picture framer, combined with both the traditional & 21st century skills of our photographic restorer

A complete replication of image, matting and we provided a similar ornamented picture frame which was restored and refinishedA smaller version of handcoloured portrait with a frame sympathetic to the period