I cannot emphasize the importance of having the right frame on a piece of art, regardless of its price. You see, a frame can kill the piece or as it is meant to, infinitely enhance its appearance. It’s like having the right jewelry for an outfit or the right color paint for a room. Unfortunately too many people don’t get this.
One of my all time favorite sources for framing art is The House of Heydenryk, established framers in Amsterdam in 1845 and in New York since 1936, which have framed some of the most important private art collections in the world including the Rockefeller, Rothschild and Thyssen-Bornemisza collections. They’ve worked directly with Salvador Dali, Piet Mondrian and Georgia O’Keeffe in using one-of-a-kind frames for their art. And they’ve framed countless pieces of priceless art for the National Gallery, London; the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; and the MoMA, New York.
I was introduced to them about 10 years ago by my friend and colleague Brian J. McCarthy and have since, been framing ALL of my client’s works there. It is reassuring to also know that superstar designers like Albert Hadley, David Easton, Juan Pablo Molyneux and Peter Marino are all fans!
You’d think that after all the names I’ve shamelessly dropped that they would be insufferably snooty. Au contraire. They’re terribly approachable and competitive for framing art at the middle to top end of the market or for something extra special, like a drop-dead gorgeous shadow box with a Mesopotamian artifact they made for one of my clients!
image credit: © House of Heydenryk
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