Caring For the Antique Art
Collectors and art enthusiasts are known to have such a strong passion for the arts that they delve deep even into the nuances of storage, display, framing and every thinkable aspect of it. You may learn to do it all by yourself or may hire experts and professionals to help you out with the same, but a basic understanding, respect, and love for the arts is imperative.
Framing and mounting of antique paintings, pictures, or prints is an important aspect of preserving the piece in the best condition for the longest possible time.
One of the most important things to consider while framing an antique oil painting is that the frame must be deep enough to make way for the stretcher along with the painting. The frame needs to be lined with velvet or inert foam-rubber strips to ensure that it does no damage to the edges of the painting. In case the frame is too deep, cork or balsa wood strips may be used to pad it up. The frame may be shallow but then it can be raised up with wood strips. The picture and the stretcher is held in place firmly through mirror plates or brass plates that are fixed on to the frame with screws and overlap the stretcher.
The antique oil paintings are usually coated with varnish and no additional glazing is needed. In case you feel there is a need you may still protect the painting further by glazing it up.
Works of art that are done on paper have entirely different requirements. For best results these works of art are mounted on acid free boards. The works can be checked even when they are already mounted, by taking a closer look at the beveled edges of the window. In case there is a brown stain around the window line, it means that a bad quality wood or pulp has been used and should be used definitely.
This mount actually helps keep the work of art from getting stuck or touching the glass by creating a gap. This gap is actually helpful as it encourages air circulation, thus deterring mold.
While choosing a frame it is important that you check its thickness and ensure that it is strong and deep enough to hold the mounting board, backing board, and the protective glass. The backing board is ideally stuck with the help of adhesive paper tape so that the artwork is properly secured in the frame; it also keeps the dust, grime, and all kinds of insects out. The backing board is usually made of wood or hardboard, it is acidic in nature. It is because of this reason that the backing board is kept separate from the painting by a coating of polyurethane varnish or by putting in an acid – free paper.
The paintings or artworks on paper do not have a coat of varnish or any other protective layer; these are hence glazed as a protective measure.
The glass used in the frame of the paintings are a sound protective measure that helps keep all kinds of insects like – silverfish, thunderflies, or thrips out. These insects when come in contact with the paper, tend to feed on it, die, and leave a mark or stain on the artwork causing considerable damage. Instead of glass, some artists or collectors are known to use acrylic. The material is light weight, cheaper and more flexible, but these are also prone to scratches and tend to draw too much of dust.