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Early 20th c. Photos in Double Arch Mats

This is a frame that included two early 20th century black & white photos of this client's grandparents when they were young (probably photos of them at their confirmation). One photo had been framed in a rectangular frame and the other was in an arch-shaped frame. Both were in need of new framing and the client wanted them both in a single frame. Since one photo had been cut to the shape of a cathedral arch, we decided to frame them both in the same frame with a mat that had two cathedral arches. The mats used were Crescent 1588 Ivory on the top and Crescent 9916 Mocha Green on the bottom. Both mats are acid-free and conservation-grade. We put anti-reflective Museum Glass on the frame as well to prevent fading and cut down reflection. The frame is an AMPF7321 Antique silver with black panel. Glass size is 26 1/2 x 20 1/2. Here is what it looks like:

Please forgive the first photo, that has a line across it. I am unsure why it appeared on the jpeg I used, but I had to try to fix it in Photoshop and the end result was not great.

As you can see, we have tried to design a framing treatment that matches the mood of the photos. The mat colors complement the tones used in the photos, and the frame ornamentation coordinates nicely from this period.

Images shown by kind permission of Katherine Kristian.

Framing design, execution and photos by Brian D. Flax, CPF