The Fine Art Trade Guild Five Levels of Framing
At Pure Framing I adhere to the standards specified in the Fine Art Trade Guild Five Levels of Framing. Because the work at Pure Framing is aimed at the specialist end of the spectrum, I only offer the top three levels (listed first), but the lowest two levels are included here at the end for completeness. The information is as worded by the Fine Art Trade Guild. If you would like to see the full specifications for a particular level of framing offered, please get in touch and I can give you details.
COMMENDED LEVEL (middle of the five specifications)
To visually enhance artwork and offer a moderate level of protection from airborne pollution and handling for around five years in normal conditions.
Replaceable artwork of limited commercial and/or moderate sentimental value and where visual appearance is important. Preferably, processes should be fully reversible.
CONSERVATION LEVEL (second highest specification)
To visually enhance artwork and offer a high level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids generated by framing materials, for approximately 20 years, under normal conditions. Customers should be advised that lifetimes given assume that artwork is not inherently unstable. Consumers should be advised that frames should be examined every five years and this advice should be added onto a back-of-frame label.
Collectable artwork that is to be kept for the future, e.g. original paintings and limited edition prints of moderate to high value, as well as items of sentimental value. Processes must be reversible.
MUSEUM (purist) LEVEL (highest specification)
To visually enhance the artwork and offer the ultimate level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids from framing materials for up to 35 years in normal conditions. Customers should be advised that lifetimes given assume that artwork is not inherently unstable. Ideally, the framer or conservator should professionally examine frames every five years and there should be a label advising this on the back of the frame.
Museum-quality works and artwork that is to be preserved for future generations, including high value items and artwork of potential or historical value.
The levels not offered at Pure Framing are:
BUDGET LEVEL (second lowest of the five specifications)
To provide a visually acceptable frame at a budget price. No pretence is made to protect the artwork or its long-term visual appearance.
Replaceable artwork of no commercial or sentimental value.
MINIMUM LEVEL (lowest of the five specifications)
To provide a basic frame at minimum cost; price overrides visual appearance and quality. (It should be noted that many of the frames available on the market fall well below the standard of the Guild’s Minimum level).
Temporary display. An inexpensive ‘cash and carry’ product into which customers can insert their own artwork.