In this section you will find only our Antique Wood Picture Frames models that are entirely hand-carved on wood. We use Swiss pine wood or lime wood. These are very expensive models because they are carved by performing the ancient techniques of master carvers. Therefore it takes a lot of hours to make each model. We use them quite a lot to frame old master painting of museums like: Staatliche Museen (Gemäldegalerie)
In other sections of our web site you will be able to find cheaper Reproductions of antique picture frames because they have wood pulp decorations. Wood pulp is used to save money on the final price.
Making Reproductions of Antique Wood Picture Frames is a tough task. As the carving is entirely made by hand it results to be a long work. By our carving tools, we have to carv any single ornate detail as framers used to do in the past centuries. They couldn’t count on modern tools or contemporary machine which can actually help very much!
Watch a video showing the process of carving an Antique Frame.
Antique Wood Frames can be made in any size. So you can frame by them any painting. Most of the time you can even change the profile width by enlarging it. For instance, you could add some new elements to enlarge the width of the frame.
For over a century, exactly since 1905 Laboratorio Federici has manufactured antique wood frames for old master paintings. We work for the major museums all over the world solving their frames problem. Plenty of times they ask for fine Reproductions of antique frames because have spent a huge time looking for authentic antique frames which are not easy to find. It’s easy to find authentic frames but is almost impossible to find them in the right size that you need.
You could cut original antique frames to fit them to paintings but we think that is a barbaric practice. We think that antique wood picture frames shouldn’t be touched at all in their original shape. This prevents the high risk of ruining of a unique piece of art.