Mounting & Framing

Mounting and framing old mapsWe get a lot of questions from our customers about the best way to mount and frame our prints. If you've invested a significant sum of money in an antique map or print, the last thing you want to do is reduce its value by mounting and framing it badly (or letting somebody else do it badly for you!).

Download our Mounting and Framing PDF, print it off and take it with you to your framer. This PDF guide also contains instructions of how to locate a local professional framer - one who is a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild.

We can't stress the importance of 'conservation framing' strongly enough.  We see some horrific sights during the course of our working days. A mount and frame should always be selected to protect as well as enhance a picture. Unfortunately, some mounting and framing techniques not only fail to protect, but are actually damaging to works of art.

'Conservation framing' is a term used to describe the use of materials and techniques which provide protection to framed works of art on paper. Protection is needed as paper is sensitive to its surroundings: it can be adversely affected by damp, changes in temperature and humidity, restriction of movement and exposure to light. Paper will also react to the materials with which it is in contact such as acidic support boards and self adhesive tapes. 

We have opened frames and seen Sixteenth century maps lying unprotected on acid ridden board or with old newspaper - highly acidic - behind them. We are all custodians of this material and need to take great care how it is presented and cared for!