Old Frames

• It is quite possible to repair, refinish or repaint an old or damaged frame so the finished product looks like a masterpiece or at least is restored to conform to the standards of the period of origin. Many times old frames are unique in their design, perhaps even hand built years ago before the framing industry standardized the process for today’s consumer market. Your old frame may be rare and may even be more valuable than you suspect. Aside from the market value of the frame, it can have aesthetic value in that it harmonizes with the painting it contained.

• There are instances when a frame cannot be restored because of wood rot, breakage or irreparable damage. Or the old frame may have little value even though it may be unusual in design. The restoration artist can help make that determination during the appraisal.