C.C. Moll Windmill Painting Finished with Louis XIII Frame.

After de-fitting and discovering the surprise of the bottom-left corner, where the canvas had been folded many times and rudimentarily packaged together by what looked like the work of an upholster, we were able to get the painting re-lined. Due to how thin and fragile the canvas was we decided to re-line it twice: first with a layer of Pe-Cap and then with a layer of archival linen. Hydration was administered where needed to treat the craquelures and in-painting helped conceal the craquelures and address the bottom-left corner where some paint loss had occurred. The original varnish was quite glossy and reflected lights very strongly. It was replaced with an archival varnish that we applied with several coats carefully coaxing them into the paint surface to once again help address the craquelures.

A new custom and hand carved Louis XIII frame was created and gilded with metal leaf. An archival fit brought the frame and painting together. Part One of this blog can be found HERE.

Mick Jagger 138 by Wandy Warhol in Custom American Vinyl Frame

This is one of the 10 Warhol prints of Mick Jagger that were done in 1975. Warhol and Jagger had met in 1964 at a party in New York during the Rolling Stones’ first US tour at a time when both parties were beginning their rise to fame. They would go on to become close friends and to collaborate several times during their careers, including the Rolling Stones cover for Sticky Fingers that Warhol designed.

This print is known as Mick Jagger 138 and had unfortunately not been archivally hinged. Due to this, there were 16 places were acids had migrated from cardboard fillets and affected the internals of the framing. The frame was also not sealed, and over time air-borne contaminates had made their way inside.

After a careful de-fit the print was dipped in chemistry solutions to neutralize the acid contaminants and then dried flat with blotters. Archival hinging techniques and materials then placed the print in a our new, custom American Vinyl Frame that swapped the original frames silver color for a more arresting black that accentuated Jagger’s eyes and hair. To top off the framing, an 8-ply white rag with foam core and museum glass and an extra deep fillet were going. We’re very glad to get Jagger back into rockin’ shape.

Louis XIII and Modernist Frame

A pair of custom hand-carved frames were prepared for a client. The first was done in the Louis XIII style with hand-carved corners and 23 karat gilding. The second was done in a Modernist style and also gilt with 23 karat gold. Together these frames show a diverse aesthetic palette while containing some of the same elements. This is the beauty of frame-making: subtle changes finely-tuned by hand to maximize the presence of the painting.