It’s clear! Put glass on your painting

wa201201A09_00Would you frame a picture with no glass? How about displaying a photograph without glass, or your child’s drawing? Of course you’d put glass over all of this art. These aren’t the kind of items that you’d want to dust or otherwise clean. And if it’s conservation glass, they’ll be protected from fading. So why shouldn’t you put glass over a painting?
You absolutely should! The mayor of Boston found this out on a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow – you can see the video here. When the TV show came to Boston, Mayor Menino presented them with a winter painting by native son Aldro Hibbard. It was a winter scene in Vermont done in 1948.
10parkman_ 015-2095The appraiser was Colleene Fesko. When valuing the piece she said, “Beautiful painting, framed under glass. That has kept the painting in very good condition and is quite clean, doesn’t need any restoration. And a beautiful, hand-carved frame. For insurance, I would think that we would value the piece at between $45,000 and $50,000.” The Boston Globe followed up with an article that pointed out, “Because it had been framed behind glass, Fesko said, it had maintained excellent quality.”
Not all the paintings we take in are worth that much monetarily, but our customers still want their art to last and not get dirty or damaged. Here’s the world’s simplest solution! Put glass over your paintings like you would anything else for the very same reasons and you’ll get the best value out of your framing.
We recommend museum glass because it’s 99% reflection free and provides greater clarity of color. The diminished glare means that you’ll be able to see each brush stroke and really appreciate your art. There are also have several ways to frame a painting that keep the glass from touching it, so that it’s safe, such as a stacked frame or linen liner.

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  • Ron Clayton  On February 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Great information !

  • Jimmy  On February 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Great blog! Very useful info. Proof positive that BPF knows how to help your art last.

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