Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between conservation framing and standard framing?

Most framers use Acid free, or worse, materials, this is made from treated wood pulp, these materials can become acidic and acid from the core can leech into the artwork over time. We use full conservation and museum grade materials, rag backings and mounts, and water activated archival tape.

How can I tell if my framing is acidic?

Works on paper will show brown stains, or foxing, in places, this indicates an acidic backing. The other tell tale sign is the bevel (angled inner edge) on the mount board discolours, this brown discolouration will eventually leech into the artwork.

What about canvas artworks, what do I need to look for there?

Canvas artworks, like any fabric expand over time, it is essential for important works to be stretched onto expanding stretchers, these can be re-tensioned if the canvas ever becomes slack on the support. If a canvas is slack and resting on the stretcher you will see a crack starting to form along the stretcher edge, this means the artwork needs to be restretched as once that crack forms it is irreversible.

If my canvas artwork is dusty what can I do?

We recommend a feather duster to lightly dust your artworks, you should never use water, or cloths on artworks as this can cause abrasions, remove paint, or cause mold to form.

How do I clean my frames?

Lightly dust them with a microfibre cloth, never use water as it can tarnish the leaf on the frame.

How does your repair on the frame differ from a DIY job?

We use materials we mix ourselves, whiting based, that are in keeping with the original materials used to create frames for hundreds of years, the repairs will age as the original frame does. We also use gilding, where appropriate, as paint tarnishes over time.

Is my painting worth restoring?

We have reference books with auction records, and can advise you of artworks’ value if the artist appears in the books. That said sentimental value is also very important, heirlooms are just as important as investments, and if you artwork brings you joy and you wish to preserve it it is most definitely worth restoring.