Thomarts Gallery frames to the 5 levels as prescribed by the British Fine Art Trade Guild and also frames with a qualified Guild Commended Framer.
We frame with the only Fine Art Trade Guild certified Advanced Conservation Framer in South Africa.
The Fine Art Trade Guild specifies five appropriate levels of framing using different qualities of materials and framing techniques. The chosen level can affect cost, but more importantly, the level of protection and conservation provided as well.
LEVEL 5 – MINIMUM LEVEL
To provide a basic frame at minimum cost – price overrides visual aesthetics and quality. Suitable for temporary display only. It should be noted that many of the pre-made frames available at larger retailers fall well below even this minimum standard.
LEVEL 4 – BUDGET LEVEL
This is suitable only for replaceable artwork of no commercial or sentimental value. It is about providing a visually acceptable frame, but makes no allowance for protecting the artwork or it’s long term visual appearance.
LEVEL 3 – COMMENDED LEVEL
This is the Guild’s third highest framing level. It serves two purposes, in that it is about visually enhancing work while providing fair protection. We consider this level of framing as our minimum level we frame to.
LEVEL 2 – CONSERVATION LEVEL
This is our preferred minimum level of workmanship. All techniques are reversible and use conservation (archival) grade materials to protect the artwork. This level is suitable for medium to high commercial or sentimental value items, and provides protection for at least 20 years.
LEVEL 1 – MUSEUM LEVEL
This is the highest quality framing available, using premium archival grade materials for lifetime protection. Any ‘high value’ or irreplaceable artwork or artifact should be framed at this level. All processes are fully reversible. Artwork protected from airborne pollution and acids for around 35 years in normal conditions