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Perfect framing of works of art increases their value

Kirchen, July 27, 2018 - Many graphic artists, painters, and photographers include the picture frame in the artistic creation of their artwork because it enhances the luminosity of the colours and the expressiveness of a painting. In addition to protecting the original, the frame can add value to the art object. Artists, gallery owners, art collectors, museums but also industrial companies, public institutions as well as private individuals particularly appreciate the know-how of HALBE ( in terms of frame design and presentation of artworks at exhibitions.


Frames: The characteristic frame of a work of art

Many people regard the frame as a decorative element that should match the style of the home furnishings. However, this does not do justice to its many functions. The frame is an essential component of artistic expression and has a not insignificant effect on the value of an object. Plain frames emphasize the formal aspects of the artwork - the colours, the brushstroke but also the illumination of a photograph. Opulent frames, on the other hand, can perfect a work and deliberately add another level of viewing.

The colour of the frame border should not be underestimated. A dark frame enhances the luminosity of the colours and isolates a painting from its surroundings to a greater degree than a comparatively light frame. Art connoisseurs can immediately see whether the frame forms a harmonious unit with the art object and reflects the artist's intentions. 

The cut of the passepartout also plays an important role. Particularly inwardly slanted passepartout edges enhance the perspective depth effect that an artist wishes to achieve, for example, with landscape motifs. Furthermore, the use of a passepartout gives the picture more space to work. In exhibitions with several frames of the same size, an artist can compensate for different picture sizes with a passepartout and opt for different hanging methods, such as grid or line hanging.


Exhibition Patricia Winter "Greed for New Pictures. Pamphlets, pictorial sheets, comic strips"- Image: © Patricia Winter


Frames of the highest quality craftsmanship

Art lovers appreciate not only the know-how of the professionals in terms of frame design and optimal presentation of artworks in exhibitions, but also the fantastic craftsmanship of the almost 60 employees of HALBE. Nothing is left to chance in the manufactory. The flush 45 degree mitre of the profile mouldings is hardly visible - let alone tangible - due to the most careful handwork. When selecting wooden frames, close attention is paid to the grain of all four mouldings to guarantee an optimal overall impression.

The subject of "frame stability" is also a hobbyhorse of the professionals - especially for art objects in XXL format. When hanging a work of art, the upper frame rail must never bend due to the total weight of the picture. All frames of the quality manufactory are always delivered with a stable back wall, so that a good flatness of the art object is guaranteed at any time. Neatly cut mounts made of evenly structured museum cardboard are just as much a matter of course for the team as the use of high-quality glass, preferably with an anti-reflective coating.


The frame ensures protective functions

Of utmost importance for every art lover when choosing a frame is the protection of the original. Any transport or movement of a painting carries risks and could damage or even completely destroy the original. In addition, it must be protected from touch, harmful UV rays, dust and possibly theft. Thanks to years of experience, HALBE's quality manufactory knows the exact requirements of a frame for valuable unique works.

For over 60 years, the professionals have been producing frames for national and international art collectors, gallery owners, museums, public institutions, industrial companies and also private individuals, which are as different in size and composition as the artists themselves. Each framing is made according to the exact wishes and requirements of the customer - no matter whether it is a valuable painting, a photograph, a woodcut or a special stamp.


Conservation aspects

As a matter of principle, attention must be paid to conservation aspects when framing, i.e. mounts, overlays, backing and cardboard must be acid-free and resistant to ageing. All materials used should meet the high standards of the national and international quality class for measuring resistance to ageing. therefore, HALBE uses only certified museum-quality mounts from Klug Conservation. All mounting materials must also be acid-free and removable at any time, as they can otherwise cause serious damage to the works over time, including discoloration. In addition, a framed work of art should never be hung over a heater, humidifier, or within the influence of drafts. This will safeguard the condition of the work and preserve its value.


Art connoisseurs know about the increase in value of professional framing

The perfect framing of prints, paintings, photographs and lithographs worthy of protection is the be-all and end-all and subjectively influences the viewer's perception. "The value of the frame transfers to the artwork and often has a positive effect on the value of the painting by many times the price of the frame. Poorly processed frames are immediately noticed negatively by the connoisseur," emphasizes David Halbe, Managing Director of HALBE-Rahmen GmbH.

Art lovers from all over the world entrust their works to them. Recently they have framed, among others, the palm tree watercolours of the artist Patricia Winter and the impressive landscape photographs "Into the Light" by Tom Jacobi. The Swiss photographer Gian Giovanoli has also had his latest works framed by the professionals, which can currently be seen in his studio in Pontresina. Whenever an intelligent and secure framing solution is required, HALBE is consulted.



Exhibition Tom Jacobi "Into the Light" - Image: © Tom Jacobi



Exhibition Gian Giovanoli in his studio in Pontresina - Image: © Gian Giovanoli


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