Chartwell Gallery Conservation Framing
Established in 1977, the Chartwell Gallery offers a friendly professional in-house framing service by Brian Davis BA (hons) and Jane Kent. We only use wood mouldings such as obeche, oak, beech, lime, ash, and pine with conservation quality materials, to ensure the maximum protection for our framing.
Our Conservation Framing Service complies with The Fine Art Trade Guild Specification, including hinge mounting with Japanese Mulberry hinges onto conservation foamboard, and also a choice of specialist glass. The basic principle of conservation framing is that the method of framing must be reversible, without any damage to the artwork. This means that items must not be stuck down on boards of any kind, and all materials within the framing package must be of conservation quality having a ph value of not less than 7, which is the neutral point on the ph scale. The scale is logarithmic therefore the next step up on the alkaline side to 8 is ten times the value of 7. Conservation materials will generally have ph values between 7 and about 8.5.
Of course we recognize that not everybody will require conservation framing, and so we also offer our standard framing which can include, if required, elements of conservation such as UV or low reflection glass, or drymounting onto foamboard in our heated vacuum press.