From picture framing to restoration, frame conservation and gilding, we also specialise in all types of picture frames. Here at Insitju Framing & Conservation Ltd we provide a high level service to all our clients, no job is too big nor too small.
Martin Edwards MA is a trained conservator that specialises in the conservation and restoration of gold leaf surfaces. We offer the following services in traditional gilding: both water gilding and oil gilding and conservation gilding: repairing and matching an existing gold leaf surface.
We continue to use the same traditional materials and methods used before the Renaissance to conserve and restore antique frames.
Our conservators specialise in the conservation and restoration of gold leaf surfaces. We offer the following services in both water gilding and oil gilding.
Gilding of frames and objects
Martin is highly skilled and experienced in picture framing and traditional gilding techniques and provides a variety of gilding services on an assortment of surfaces for small moveable objects and frames, as well as larger architectural features and interiors.
Insitju specialises in the conservation of polychrome objects. Polychrome are wooden sculptures, objects and frames decorated with paint, metal leaf and other colourful materials, they have a long tradition in many cultures and time periods.
Conservation & Restoration
The terms 'conservation' and 'restoration' are often used interchangeably and you might sometimes hear conservators being called restorers. It's important to know the difference as the two practices have different focuses and outcomes as shown below.
Conservation physically preserves cultural heritage, allowing for items to be displayed, researched and used. It is a highly skilled and cross-disciplinary practice that links the arts, science, humanities, social science and technology.
Examination and Reports
We offer preventative conservation assessment of collections. We will supply written reports on all paintings and their fixture and fittings. We also offer an environmental assessment on your property. We use environmental monitors that access humidity and light conditions, that will enable us to recommend adjustments to the use and storage of your collection.
We design and construct all of our picture frames to your requirement. We hold a wide range of manufactured mouldings as well as bespoke individually made frames. We construct simple, elegant and well-proportioned frames to enhance your artwork in a sympathetic manner.
Our natural hand finished frames are constructed from a variety of sustainable timbers they are stained, polished, painted and or gilded to provide the appropriate finish for contemporary and traditional works. We also have a selection of antique frames for sale that can be viewed at the studio.
We provide an innovative design service, each frame is bespoke, hand made and quality assured. Our frames are made from high quality products to maintain high quality workmanship.
We offer a bespoke hand finished contemporary framing service for 20th and 21st century art. Our first class finishes include gesso, French polishing, gilding, Japanned and painted options. We also stock a large range of mouldings and are happy to discuss your framing requirement in our show room
Several of our clients are galleries, artists, interior designers and private collectors we offer a comprehensive framing service that includes installation.
Our workshop can replicate Dutch, Flemish and Mid -European frames, using traditional tools, methods and materials. our frames are finished in the same way using the same recipes for glues and gesso as craftsmen 300 years ago. Insitju will match and age a frame to get the correct patina.
Insitju can provide deep core mount boards in the largest format. The Computerised Mount Cutter (CMC) is able to cut a perfect bevel edge on the largest size board available within the picture framing industry.