A Gilder and Framemaker living and working in Maine writes about projects in the studio and life around the farm
Many of the projects brought into our shop are older works of art which need some special attention. Works on paper framed decades or centuries ago are often in need of the most care. I’m posting here some images which exemplify some of what we see when we disassemble framed works of art on paper. When the value of the work warrants, we end up referring the client to a paper conservator before we put the work into a new frame package or back into the original frame.
The image above shows a number of Horrorshows we see in our shop. The pulp board matting burns a yellow outline onto the print paper. The print is also burned onto the pulpboard outline. Masking Tape!! Often a commonly used material to mount pictures into matting, but definitely the worst to use. As it ages it becomes brittle and the adhesive ends up decaying into minute pieces which spread out all over the work table when you disassemble old framed pieces. Masking tape is highly acidic and tends to leave dark burns onto prints and works on paper.
I hope you enjoyed this sampling of some Close Encounters we have had in our shop! Please feel free to contact me about any art conservation questions you may have.