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The Five Levels of Framing

 

fatg logo    The Five Levels of Framing provide a framework of standards for the professional picture framer as determined by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Not all framers subscribe to these standards, but doing so indicates a framer is aware of, and can apply, the materials and craftsmanship required to meet those standards and has the knowledge to ensure that your art is framed correctly.

Museum - The ultimate protection for your artwork.

Objective -To visually enhance artwork and offer the ultimate level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution
and acids generated by framing materials for up to 35 years in normal conditions.

Conservation - Helping preserve your artwork for future generations.

Objective - To visually enhance artwork and offer a high level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids generated
by framing materials, for approximately 20 years under normal conditions.

Commended - Guarantees a degree of protection, with design playing an important part.

Objective - To visually enhance artwork and offer a moderate level of protection from airborne pollution and acid damage for around five years in normal conditions

Budget - Visually pleasing, but offering no long-term protection.

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

Minimum Level - Putting Economy First

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