PICTURE FRAME
RESTORATION AND
CONSERVATION SERVICES

Our restoration services give new life to antique picture frames. Antique picture frames frequently need cleaning, repair of broken pieces, conservation and restoration of original gilded surfaces; re-gilding and antiquing; joining and re-inforcing damaged corners.

Contact Us for Picture Frame Restoration

To contact us to discuss your picture frame restoration or conservation needs, please call us at (617) 536-2323

Very old frame before restorationCustom antique picture frame After restortion treatment example

An original Stanford White
picture frame before and
after conservation treatment.

BEFOREAFTER

Frame for portrait of
Ambassador Lawrence
by G.P.A. Healy

Frame Before RestorationFrame After Restoration

Frame for portrait of Ambassador Lawrence by G.P.A. Healy
(before restoration)

The frame is in very poor condition, with chipping gesso, missing gold and dirt.

Frame for portrait of Ambassador Lawrence by G.P.A. Healy
(after restoration)

The frame was cleaned, repaired and partially re-gilded. When the dirt and grime were removed, much of the original gold was found to be in good condition. The damaged areas were mostly at the bottom. These were re-gilded and the frame toned to blend the new gold with the original.

PICTURE FRAME RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION STAGES

FRAME FOR GEORGE INNESS PAINTING

ANTIQUE FRENCH FRAME EXAMPLE

before restoration

Frame for George Inness Painting (Before Restoration)

 

The ornament has broken off this frame in several places. The wood has split in areas, compromising the structural integrity. Some of the ornament is missing. The frame also has a coating of dirt and oxidized bronze paint on it.

after restoration

Frame for George Inness Painting (After Restoration)

 

The frame has been mended, the wood is secured, and the ornament reattached. Casts were taken and fit into place to recreate the missing ornament. The frame was gilded and toned to match the painting.

before restoration

Antique Frame Before Restoration

 

Underneath a layer of dirt and grime, bronze paints have oxidized and darkened considerably on this antique frame. The original gold is completely hidden by a dark, uneven coating. This frame also has a considerable amount of chipping due to water damage.

after restoration

Antique Frame After Restoration

 

Because the original gold was so compromised, the frame has been re-gilded with 22k gold and toned to give an authentic antique look.

FRAME FOR ALBERTO PASINI PAINTING

before restoration

Frame Before Restoration

Frame for Alberto Pasini Painting (before restoration)

This frame has been toned in the past with gold paints that give it a dull, featureless appearance.

after restoration

Frame After Restoration

Frame for Alberto Pasini Painting (after restoration)

The frame has been re-gilded with 23k gold and antiqued to match the painting.

Picture Frame Restoration and Conservation Antique picture frames, restoration

ANTIQUE FRAME CLEANING

Before and after cleaning

Antique Frame Before & After Cleaning

 

This antique frame is shown being cleaned. Years of dirt and grime are removed, revealing the original gold underneath.

COLLECTIONS

Restoration and evaluation

Antique picture frames restored

ART INSURANCE CLAIMS

Restoration and evaluation

Restored italian picture frame | picture frame restoration and conservation treatment cleaning

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