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Damaged Antique Frame

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This frame belongs to a $25,000 painting and was made in France in the 1920s. The still life that goes in this frame is in the conservation laboratory to be treated for flaking.   Because this is the original frame and looks good with the painting, it is important to the owner to stabilize the […]

Hanging nail gives away – $25,000.00 painting ripped.

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Look at this rip! Want to see some magic?! This rip, on the left, was kind-a ugly: It ripped when the nail gave way and it fell off the wall… and got uglier when the fibers frayed. So we turned it over and, under magnification, the fibers were realigned and rewoven. Then the ends of […]

$25,000 fell off the wall!

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Was it a weak hook, a frayed wire, a loose hanging eye screw? The weakest link is the one that will let go when things start to shake… and most of us live in parts of the country where we can be shaken up by earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes. In addition to hanging hardware in good condition, think about a shake wax.

Do It Your-Selfers: Don’t Do This!!!!!

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Impatient, the do it yourselfer may just pull framing apart without knowing that taking off even a little of the surface of a paper item will reduce the value because its damaged. This is POOR quality work!

This fake is so good that its scarry! And I did it!!!!

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Take a copy of an old print or certificate, have it copied in high fidelity and frame it in an old frame (recycled) and you will have something that will fool the eye. This idea may be excellent for the office, where you don’t want to risk having the original stolen yet you want to make a good impression. Or in the case of splitting up an inheritance, may appease the several people who want the same thing.