Since 1905 Federici Workshop specializes in the reproduction of Baroque Picture Frames. Baroque style was born in Rome around the beginning of 17th century. The Catholic Church encoureged the production of a very complex style to show the power of itself. Baroque art has been manifested in several disiplines as sculpture, painting and archichecture. Even in frames remain available a wonderful rich collection of Baroque Picture Frames.
To remember just few great painters of Baroque era we can mention: Annibale Carracci, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Rubens. We’ve mentioned two italian paintors , one Spanish paintor and one Flemish to remember that the Baroque style invested the entire Europe from early 17th to mid 18th century. The major art works of these painters are framed by fine Baroque Picture Frames. Even if Flemish, Spanish, French and Italian Baroque frames are very different between them, concerning shape and forms, they have still in common the beauty of their complex ornates.
In the field of antique picture frames Federici Workshop dedicated a lot of time in manufacturing unique reproductions. As Our workshop is located in Bologna (Italy), the original town of Carracci, we have in town a great tradition about Baroque style frames. We reproduce our models watching and carefully studying the original Baroque Picture Frames of the National Art Gallery of Bologna. (The most important museum of Bologna).
For more than a century Federici Workshop has worked for the major museums all over the world. In many cases they contact us to frame an old master painting with a missing frame. They look among the models of our collection and ask to realise one of them with some very specific size. Our strength is to be able to provide any single model of frame in any particular size. Museums sometimes ask for a change in the shape, in the ornates or in the finishing of our collectio frames.
Sometimes museums ask even for the more complex work of copying an original Baroque frame. In that case we study the photos they send us, and we draw some samples. After the process of drawing is finished we choose the best solution and we carve a little piece of every ornate. We than prepare a moulding for every different ornate of the frame. When the entire moulding process is finished we use wood pulp to make all the ornates. We mount them upon the frame and we carefully recarve the wood pulp to make it look as a sharp and nice woodcarving decoration.
See these three videos if you’re interested in our very innovative process:
video 1 (Wood pulp mounting)
video 2 (Wood pulp carving)
video 3 (Final result)
Here in Laboratorio Federici we think that innovative techniques are the best! Why we think like that? We are able to do frames by using ancient and very classic techiniques but we recognize that sometimes they are a waste of time. They could even be a waste of material resources. We belong to a new generation of craftmen devoted to recicling. Wood pulp is a beautiful material made for 99% of wood. There is a 1% of solvent which create a very handy pulp that we can use in our moulding. This process allow to save a huge amount of working hours and to save a lot of trees.
So what about the final result?
The final result using our tested process is wonderful. Nobody can tell the difference between a frame made by our innovative way and a one made by the classic way. Actually there is a huge difference, but that difference is just in the price. Our customers can save up to 60% when they trust in this wonderful technique!