Restored Antique Frames
I am an antiques and art lover who is equally passionate about modern design and contemporary art. Finding the right frame for your art is not a simple task: the frame must complement the artwork, and many antique frames have become damaged over time. I also am attracted to design mix, and the juxtaposition of contemporary art displayed in antique frames. In my own home I practice #MixAntiquesAndModern, and art is key my design aesthetic.
I’ve been called an antiques matchmaker: someone introduces antiques to the people who will love them. As part of Antiques Diva services, we also connect our clients with antiques trade artisans and craftsman. I was delighted to be introduced to expert frame and art restorer Diego Salazar, who I think of as a frame matchmaker who matches frames to artworks by Rebecca Vicars, and am delighted to share Rebecca’s guest post with you.
The frame is the Cinderella of the art world
“The frame is the Cinderella of the Art world”, Diego Salazar once remarked. There was a time, in the not so distant past, when a paintings’ original, period frame was often disregarded in favor of a more contemporary frame choice. Over the last 30 years, however, these antiquities have become increasingly admired and are now regularly honored with exhibitions around the globe.
Diego’s collection is a veritable museum where the evolution and nuance of this specialized architectural language can be explored. Here, you can literally walk through and experience hand-carved visual vocabularies from around the world and throughout time.
A spectacular and comprehensive collection of hundreds of original European and American frames dating from the 15th to 20th centuries are found here on display. Upon entering the grand and lofted hallways, with each corner turned, another enclave of history and place is revealed. Light diffused through tall and broad arched-top windows serves to illuminate the patina of the centuries-old gold and ebony finishes.
Creating the perfect marriage between art and frame is an art within itself. Scale, ornament, the karat and patina of gold, the specificity of the character revealed over time. The frame specimens in this collection have been collected over 40 years and are a direct reflection of Diego’s finely honed eye and sensibilities. From the rippling details of a 17th c. Dutch profile, to the continuously carved panel of a Louis XIV, the examples you’ll find here are exquisite representations of each particular genre and style.
In addition to his knowledge and experience in antique framing, he is an expert in frame restoration, conservation and one of America’s premier dealers in museum-quality antique and replica frames. His work can be found at El Museo del Prado, MoMA, Chicago Art Institute, Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens, Parish Museum, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams, as well as in private collections around the world.
You are invited to experience this world of lovingly curated group of antiquities with us.
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