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.

A Tabernacle Frame

Certain paintings can’t be fit with just any frame. For artist Lorenzo Monaco’s 15th-century panel painting, pictured below, Lowy was called upon to create a frame that curved with the work’s rounded top half and rectangular bottom half. The resulting tabernacle frame draws on the architecture of Gothic churches, which combined classical motifs including arched columns with patterns and proportions that became popular during and after the Renaissance. In its design, the frame echoes the hybrid style of the painting.

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Making this frame was particularly challenging because the panel had curved over a long period of time. Such curving is a common phenomenon: Panels and other surfaces used by artists, especially those involving wood, will often adopt a new shape after a few years according to the natural movements of the material. This required Lowy’s artisans to design a frame that not only fit the unique shape of the panel but also looked like it had warped along with the panel.

A look at how the frame was constructed
A look at how the frame was constructed

For more information about frame production or any of the 5,000 other antique frames that Lowy has available, please call 212-861-8585 or visit http://www.lowyonline.com.

The next generation of Lowy: a framer is born.

Ben Shar, Brad’s son and Larry’s grandson, learns to burnish and gild at a demo by Wayne Reynolds.  His nursery school was here on a tour, and it was amazing how they responded!  Take a look through the photos and see for yourself.

The Lowy All Souls Tour

Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Ever wanted to feel a piece of gold leaf?  Or gild a frame?  Or watch as a conservator inpaints losses on a painting?  Stop by the Lowy booth at the 2011 Architectural Digest Home Design Show and these dreams, and many more, can come true!  This year’s show runs from March 17th through March 20th.  Lowy can be found at booth #436.  Learn more about the show here: http://www.archdigesthomeshow.com/

Just Folking Around…

You heard it right, Lowy is celebrating all things folk.  Come and visit Just Folk Frames: An Online Exhibition & Sale. Check out our unique selection of affordable folk frames from the extensive Lowy collection.  http://lowyonline.com/justfolk.php

A Change of Taste Opening Night: a few select pictures

Continue reading A Change of Taste Opening Night: a few select pictures

A Change of Taste Makes the New York Times

Our exhibition made the Times!  Check out their article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/garden/20shows.html?scp=2&sq=lowy&st=cse.

But more importantly, make sure you stop by!  It’s not often that we have a frame exhibition, it’s a rare and wonderful show filled with some pretty gorgeous frames.