Our client brought in this striking Alfred De Breanski (British, 1852-1928) intaglio print, that is based on his painting, ‘A Summers Day, Burnham Beeches’. Unfortunately, it came to us in a less than perfect state. Having been originally attached to the mount, using strong glue on all four sides, the thin paper had suffered considerable damage, including several tears and mould build up under the mount.
Although we have the skills to frame to a level that ensures no further harm would come to the print, the repair was a job for a qualified conservator. Because of its family history, our client was keen to see the print restored to its former glory, so we recommended that she consult the excellent paper conservator, and ICON member, Ela Wiklo. Ela came in to have a look and took it away to work her magic.
After several weeks, Ela returned to us with the print completely transformed, not looking brand new, but looking exactly how we would expect an intaglio print which is over 100 years old to look.
Having the excellently restored print in our possession, it was then time to decide on framing. For the frame we decided on a black moulding that was sympathetic to the era, Fine Art Trade Guild Level 1 (100% Cotton) mountboard, and the customer opted for specialist UV filtering glass. Not only is the final artwork now protected to the highest level, but it also looks almost as good as the day it was created over 100 years ago.
This project was completed to Fine Art Trade Guild Framing Level 1, and featured techniques from the following GCF Advanced modules:
- Conservation Framing
- Mount Design and Function