STANDARDS

As members of The Fine Art Trade Guild (U.K.), we adhere to their Framing Standards -

 

Museum Level

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, we professionally examine frames every five years with a label advising this on the back of the frame.

Suitable For - Museum-quality works and artwork that is to be preserved for future generations, including high value items and artwork of potential or historical value. Process is fully reversible.

Conservation Level

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 20 years in normal conditions. Customers should be advised that lifetimes given assume that artwork is not inherently unstable. Ideally, we professionally examine frames every five years with a label advising this on the back of the frame.

Suitable For - 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. Process is reversible.

Commended Level

To visually enhance artwork and offer a moderate level of protection from airborne pollution and handling for around five years in normal conditions.

Suitable For - Replaceable artwork of limited commercial and/or moderate sentimental value and where visual appearance is important. Preferably, processes should be fully reversible.

Budget Level

 

To provide a visually acceptable frame at a budget price. No pretence is made to protect the artwork or its long-term visual appearance

Suitable For - Replaceable artwork of no commercial or sentimental value.

Minimum Level

To provide a basic frame at minimum cost; price overrides visual appearance and quality.

Suitable For - Temporary display. An inexpensive ‘cash & carry’ product into which customers can insert their own artwork.

Please note that at ARA Frames, we only work at Commended, Conservation and Museum Level.

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