What is conservation framing?

A mount and frame should always be selected to protect as well as enhance a picture. Unfortunately, some mounting and framing techniques not only fail to protect, but are potentially damaging to works of art. 'Conservation framing' is a term used to describe the use of materials and techniques which provide protection to framed works of art on paper. There are different levels according to the quality and specification of the materials used.

Why do works of art on paper need protection?

Paper is sensitive to its surroundings: it can be adversely affected by damp, changes in temperature and humidity, restriction of movement and exposure to light. Paper will also react to the materials with which it is in contact such as acidic support boards and self adhesive tapes. Evidence of damage caused by adverse conditions can be seen in pictures with mount burns, foxing (small brown spots), fading of pigments or darkening and increasing brittleness of the paper.

Practices to be avoided as they may significantly reduce the value of the picture are:

Trimming or folding the picture to fit a frame; marking a picture or margin with notation or sight sizes Flattening by means of dry-mounting or sticking down onto a rigid back board Use of commercial self adhesive tapes to repair or support a picture or document: (Sellotape, Masking tape). Interior Angle hold archival tapes, mountboards and backing boards in stock at all times. Providing a full consultation service on conservation framing for individual pieces of artwork.

The Picture Frame Gallery
Fine Art & Picture Framing
242 Main Road  Gidea Park  Romford  Essex  RM2 5EU
01708 760342  info@thepictureframegallery.com