Here we have a collection of questions that we hear on a regular basis and thought that we would share them with you as some are interesting and some offer a good insight into what we do.

Framing levels:

There are multiple different levels of framing available and depending on the item being framed there are different requirments to take into account.

Many of the frames available on the market fall well below the standard of the Guild's Minimum Level. Don’t buy them!

Many professional framers will not even frame items for temporary display to Minimum Level Framing, but some will provide these as an inexpensive 'cash & carry' product into which customers can insert their own artwork. Minimum Level Framing provides a basic frame at minimum cost; the price overrides the frame’s visual appearance and quality.

The Fine Art Trade Guild strongly recommends consumers to have things worth framing done to at least Budget Level. However, Minimum Level Framing is better than sticking pictures onto your walls with Blue Tac or sellotape!! 

Because that is the best you can afford! It’s better than Minimum and better than ready made framing. If you can afford to frame your items or artwork at Commended Level, the Fine Art Trade Guild recommends you do so, as that gives it a degree of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acid damage. Budget Level framing makes no pretence to protect the artwork or its long-term visual appearance. However, Budget Level Framing does provide a visually acceptable frame at a budget price and is suitable for replaceableartwork of no commercial or sentimental value.

Museum Level Framing is not confined to museums’ works. Some artwork gains museum-quality status over time. Works that are to be preserved for future generations, including high value items and artwork of potential or historical value should be framed to Museum Level, where possible. Processes are intended to be fully reversible up to 35 years, which means that the framed work can be returned to its former state, i.e. prior to framing, at any time, assuming that the artwork is not inherently unstable

Good original frames should be retained wherever possible as these can enhance the value of the artwork. Frames can be replicated for display purposes, while the original is preserved in museum storage. Sometimes it is advantageous to retain an original windowmount (possibly gilded or decorated). A qualified framer will know how to do this and protect the artwork from damage this original windowmount could otherwise inflict on the artworkMuseum Level framing should give the best possible protection for your artwork or objects, whilst looking good and enabling you to view your framed work to best effect. By using the highest quality materials available and the best techniques, the framer can give your work protection from physical and mechanical damage,  airborne pollution and acids generated by many framing materials. Museum Level framing should be good for at least 30 years in normal conditions. However, pictures are  rarely hung in ideal conditions, so we recommend that you have the frame checked every five years or so by a professional framer. The Fine Art Trade Guild recommends that you agree a 'condition of artwork' report on all works to be framed to Museum Level that are not brand new, prior to framing. Appropriate remedial action on deteriorating artwork should be taken before reframing. Some framers can do this work; not all. Check and ask for credentials. 

Note: Any existing labels should be preserved as this can provide provenance for the art 

Guild Conservation Level framing gives a high level of protection for your artwork or objects, whilst looking good and enabling you to view your framed work to best effect. It should give virtually as high a level of protection as Museum Level framing and in many markets, for example the USA, no distinction is made between the two. By using conservation quality materials and the best techniques, the framer can give your work protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids generated by many framing materials

Conservation Level framing should be good for 20 years in normal conditions, but be vigilant: pictures are rarely hung in ideal conditions, so we recommend that you have the frame checked every five years or so by a professional framer .  The Fine Art Trade Guild recommends that you agree a 'condition of artwork' report on all works to be framed to Conservation Level that are not brand new, prior to framing. Appropriate remedial action on deteriorating artwork should be taken before reframing. Some framers can do this work; not all. Check and ask for credentials    

Suitable for       

Objects and artworks that are to be preserved for future generations and collectables should be framed to Conservation Level, if not to Museum Level. Original artwork deserves Conservation or Museum Level Framing. Limited edition prints of moderate to high value that are not framed to Conservation or Museum Level may not hold or increase their value over time as well as those that are. This is because Conservation Level framing, as well as Museum Level framing, requires that all processes affecting the artwork be fully reversible. In other words, what you have framed to Guild Conservation Level can be returned to its former state, i.e. prior to framing, at any time up to 20 years, assuming that the artwork is not inherently unstable

Good original frames should be retained wherever possible as these can enhance the value of the artwork. Frames can be replicated for display purposes, while the original is preserved in museum storage. Sometimes it is advantageous to retain an original windowmount (possibly gilded or decorated). A qualified framer will know how to do this and protect the artwork from damage this original windowmount could otherwise inflict on the artwork
 

Note:any existing labels should be preserved as they can provide provenance for the art

General:

General questions about framing, this is list that we add to from time to time.

Artglass is the most recent addition to our glass range. It is made in a state of the art factory in Europe and features low-iron (water-white) float glass for superb clarity and the most neutral reflected colour in the industry. It is also available with a UV protective coating.

Every frame we send includes 2mm Crystal Clear ' XT ' PLEXIGLASS. It's the modern, clean & safe alternative to traditional glass glazing.This material is shatterproof, distortion free and conforms to the latest BSI safety standards.

Most frames sold in major department stores use acrylic glazing and most customers are unaware. The only problem with acrylic is that if cleaned vigorously it can sometimes scratch.

The size of a frame is the size of the item that ' FITS ' inside the frame. When a frame is manufactured, an additional 3mm - 6mm is added onto the item size. This is to enable the comfortable / safe removal of the backing and glazing for the item to be fitted.  When mounts are ordered the outside measurements requested will be the EXACT outside measurements cut to a tolerance of within 2mm. The same applies to the aperture an exact size to a tolerance of within 2mm.