Contemporary Framing for Older Works
We recently framed two beautiful works on paper by Claude Flight (top) and Cyril Powers (below), both from the Art Deco period. This style is surprisingly contemporary, even by today’s standards, so we wanted to match the geometric and organic feel of the artwork. We used a step frame with a sharp back bevel so it appears to be hovering off the wall on which it rests. Also we chose to do the matting and frame in a cream tone-on-tone. This treatment allows the frame and matting to disappear and the artwork to be the star. The eye is immediately drawn to the image and then hovers outward toward the matting and then the frame.
A good framing job lets the art be the star, and the frame is only the background and also protector of the art.