Restoration of antique and period gilded picture frames can include structural repairs to the frame system, gesso restoration, replication and replacement of missing ornamental elements, cleaning, and sometimes removal of inappropriate finishes. Conservation of antique gilding and in-fill gilding and gold leafing as required completes the process.
Conservation framing is the process of protecting your piece of art where it will last for years to come as well as maintaining its value. The main components of conservation framing are acid free mats, acid-free backing, and ultraviolet glass.
Major factors to consider in your framing order are the glazing (glass), mat-boards, if used, mounting techniques and backing material. All these materials should be acid-free/museum quality. A true acid free mat board is made out of cotton rather than the less expensive mats which are made out of wood pulp.