Closed-Corner and Finished-Corner Frames
In the past, a frame was intentionally chosen for a piece of art. Artists would build or choose a frame that enhanced and became an extension of the art it enclosed. Creating a frame was seen as craftsmanship, and owning a beautiful piece of art with a large, intricate frame was seen as a sign of wealth and status. People framed for the art, not necessarily the environment.
We encourage people to frame their art today with this in mind. A frame is not just a vehicle used to help tie a room together or to help a photograph hang on a wall. It should elevate the piece and even potentially increase the value. We’ve seen clients take a $5 flea market art find and frame it in a way where it could sell for over $300 in an auction.
You can’t elevate a piece of art like that with a 60% off coupon frame.
Quality framers have impressive mouldings in their arsenal that highlight the craftsmanship of custom framing. Two of the most precious are closed-corner and finished-corner frames. A closed-corner frame is created out of a single piece of wood or material. These frames can be carved out of wood or created with acrylic, pressed sawdust, or extruded polyurethane. (Pro-tip: Never buy extruded polyurethane. Just burn your money instead). A finished-corner frame is joined and hand finished to hide the seam. These frames can have attachments and embellishments on the face of the moulding. Here are a few reasons why you should think about these frames:
- They are timeless. This craft has been around for centuries. If you’re looking for a piece that is historically accurate or want to purchase an artisanal product, you can’t go wrong with a closed-corner or finished-corner frame.
- They retain their value. As a hand-crafted product, these types of frames remain valuable and can even increase in value over time. You’ll never see one of these frames at a yard sale. If you do, snatch it up fast.
- They are highly customizable. You can order these frames to have a specific depth, size, or color. In fact, most of the frames can be matched to a specific paint color if you’re looking to get creative.
It’s easy to look at one of these frames and say, “Keep on going. These look too expensive/fancy/traditional/etc. for me.” However, you shouldn’t be intimidated. While they are hand-crafted, the techniques used to create closed-corner and finished-corner frames are modern and less expensive today. You can purchase a water gilded frame for more money than a finished-corner frame.
As for fancy and traditional, the frames can be what you make of them. You can order a traditional gold frame, or you can choose a two-tone, white gold, black, steely gray, white, or all metal frame. There are thin, sleek profiles, and there are large, intricate profiles. There are so many choices to the type of frame you can choose, so don’t limit yourself.
We see art as an investment. We know that there are times where you need something quick and easy to fill a wall and not every moment requires “the perfect frame.” However, we’ve also seen people who were convinced that they “just wanted something simple and cheap” for a piece of art choose something remarkable (and oftentimes more affordable than they expected) instead. Closed-corner and finished-corner frames are beautiful, impressive frames that are an investment for any piece of art.