Picture Frame Repair
The owner of this print wanted to preserve the original frame, but there were problems going on inside the frame. The print had become detached from its original mount. Once I had opened the frame I could see that the reason for this was that a self-adhesive tape (not designed for framing) had been used to secure the print originally. With the print detached, it had come to rest against the glass. You can see what can happen when an artwork comes into direct contact with glass in the photograph here – a reverse image of the print can clearly be made out on the inside surface of the glass where the ink from the print had stuck. Another issue was that the original mount was low quality and had acidified over time, causing brown staining on the edges of the print.
For this one, I managed to carefully remove the print from the glass without damaging the surface of the print. This is not always possible (it depends how severely it is stuck, and in some circumstances, the services of a professional conservator would be needed). The print was inserted correctly into a new window mount with hinged back mount which also protects the back of the print. The marked glazing was cleaned thoroughly inside and out and replaced into the original frame.