On this illustration of Diane, we chose to use an older technique in a contemporary way: French matting.
French matting was popular in the 1970’s, and we are reviving the tradition to cater to modern times. Keeping the details minimal, we wanted to accentuate the Art Deco style of the illustration by adding two antique gold pin stripes with a light washy grey band about ¾” away from the 8ply bevel. We also did a scroll mat where the sides are narrow and the top and bottom are heavy to further elongate the image.
Below is a close-up shot of the matting and an overall image which shows off the frame we chose: a step frame with a dark teak finish. This step profile is complimentary to the Deco era, and the profile and finish suit the piece perfectly.