Stopping the Time Warp

The Art Deco artist Jean Dupas created forms using a bold, structural visual style. Lowy recently conserved and framed his Allegorie de Tissu, or “allegory of fabric,” featuring a whirling mélange of cylindrically constructed figures, both draped and nude, either reclining, standing or leaping. Big, bold and brave, this nearly eleven-foot canvas testifies to both the artist’s ambition and his compositional skills, and the frame showcases what Lowy’s expert craftsmen can do on a large scale.

Jean Dupas’ Allegorie de Tissu in a custom Lowy frame, 40” x 129”
Jean Dupas’ Allegorie de Tissu in a custom Lowy frame, 40” x 129”

As framers and art connoisseurs know, wood changes naturally over time from a straight line into a subtle curve. This means that an especially large frame must be structured in a way that prevents it from twisting and warping. For the Dupas frame, Lowy’s team of frame designers collaborated to replace a portion of the wood support with an aluminum c-channel and steel brackets to join the miters. The result is a gilded frame that will withstand time. The metal supports are virtually un-bendable and provide a critical substrate for this type of frame.

Lowy’s master gilder, R. Wayne Reynolds, screws in the miter
Lowy’s master gilder, R. Wayne Reynolds, screws in the miter

The frame is also reversible at the miters so that it will fit through the client’s entryway.

A look at the frame’s mount and miter, complete with steel bracket and aluminum c-channel
A look at the frame’s mount and miter, complete with steel bracket and aluminum c-channel

As the Allegory de Tissu proves, no challenge is too massive for Lowy’s master framers. For more information about reproduction or conservation services, or our collection of more than 5,000 antique frames, please call 212-861-8585 or visit www.lowyonline.com.

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