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Conservation Framing

Conservation or preservation framing standards have become the norm rather than the exception. To fully service the conservation of artworks, we work closely with specialists in textile, paper and painting conservation in addition to our framing conservation practices. Currently, there are no mandated framing conservation standards in South Africa but we adhere to the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG) standards. These standrads include archival hinging with mulberry paper and wheat starch paste, the use of museum mat boards and backing, glass and plexiglass options.

At DLB we feel that the onus is on us to care for and consider the preservation of all artworks we frame. In this way, we can be sure that the integrity of the work and the memory of the artist is at least preserved as the work passes through our doors and into another iteration of its framed life.

Conservation framing may not be in everyone’s budget, but there is a place for carefull consideration of the framing you chose for your art. Important things to consider are:

  • Using non-acidic materials such as mat boards and museum foamcore, means that the work is protected from discolouration and becoming brittle over time. Improper attachment using unsuitable materials can lead to staining, glue leakage, and general damage of the artwork.
  • Investing in suitable glazing is the surest way to protect your artwork from fading. Museum glass and plexiglass options are UV protective and reduce reflection.
  • Attention to detail with dust cover backs, wiring and hanging systems all add to the integrity of the framing and ultimately the protection of the art.
  • As a rule ALL MOUNTING techniques should be reversible without affecting the art in any way.