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Conservation & Presentation

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 the fields of textile, paper and painting conservators in addition to our framing conservation practices. While South Africa does not have a guild or mandated conservation standards, we subscribe to the standards of the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG). These practices include archival hinging with mulberry paper and wheat starch paste, the use of museum mat boards and backing, glass and plexiglass options and other acid free applications.

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

While conservation framing might not be in everyone’s budget, it is important to consider for precious works of art or for the lpreservation of any art work:

  • 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.
  • Attention to detail with dust cover backs, wiring and hanging systems all add to the integrity of the framing and ultimate protection of the art.
  • As a rule ALL MOUNTING techniques should be reversible without affecting the art in any way.

Frame restoration is a process of moulding, re-building and carefully adhering together pieces, or painting and aging treasured old frames to their former glory. Using a variety of materials and processes, the restoration process is the practise of perfection and patience, both of which we have.