Archival Art Services, 526 N Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

tel: 703.548.2229  |  fax: 703.548.3115
 

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Archival Practices

Although the picture framing industry has made great strides over recent years to educate framers in the proper methods and materials to be used in framing original art, there still exists a wide interpretation of what constitutes archival framing. Our approach and standards are those dictated by the museums that we work for and include age-old, tested techniques as well as the latest products and methods that are improving the preservation of framed art. Always, our intent is to take the least invasive approach and to create a housing that provides the optimum protection, so that the art is preserved in its original condition, as the artist intended.

Works on paper are matted with 100% cotton rag matting that we make available in 4-, 8-, 12-, 16- and 20-ply thickness up to 48” x 96”.  Whenever possible, the works are supported without the use of hinges but when hinging is required, Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste is used. A variety of glazing options are available that provide UV Filtration to prevent fading and degradation and some that are optically coated to reduce reflection and provide anti-static properties.

Micro climate packages are also available for the most sensitive documents or artworks on paper.  These matted and glazed items are placed into sealed housings within the frame, using a vapor barrier and employing silica gel sheets that regulate humidity at all times. 

 

Conservation

We feel an obligation to inform our customers as to the condition of their artwork and to make recommendations for conservation when needed. We maintain close relationships with conservators who are expert in their respective areas. Conservators visit our studio to provide free estimates and recommended treatments, at no obligation. We offer this as a free service, pairing the client with the best person to treat the object.