Renaissance Picture Frames

We specialse in the reproduction of Renaissance Picture Frames since 1905. Tuscany is a particular italian region where, as many collectors know, Renaissance Art was born around the very beginning of 15th century. In the field of frames, when we refer to mature Renaissance, we refer to the works contemporary to Leonardo, Raffaello and Michelangelo. So this kind of painters have usually Renaissance Picture Frames. Some of them are originals, very few to say the truth, and some of them are Top Quality Reproductions.

To answer the question why there are so many important master works framed by Reproductions we have to go a little bit back in History. In particular we have to understand what happened during the second world war. As probably many people know, Nazis stole plenty of work arts from everywhere in the occupied regions during the 3rd Reich. Most of the time they did not steal the antique picture frames because they wanted to save space packing the major quantity of paintings in a minimum space.

This is the reason that explaine why so many Renaissance picture frames were lost and their paintings arrived to the 21st century without the proper frame. It explains as well why there are so many old master works framed by non originals frames. Most of the times museums, as for example the Staatliche Museen (Gemäldegalerie),  tend to solve this issue buying fine replicas. As a result purchasing one of our exclusive Reproduction of Renaissance Picture Frames seem to be a great idea. 

Why isn’t worth to cut original frames?

First of all cutting an original antique frame is a very barbaric practise and it shouldn’t be done. Second, the ajustment is almost never well done. The frames are often used in the unproper way. What happen, when is the time to frame a very important piece of Renaissance art, is that someone looks for just any antique frame. Usually there is no respect for style.

Here in Laboratorio Federici we think that a very important Renaissance art work should be framed with a Renaissance Picture Frame. When that’s not possible is much better to realize a Top Quality Reproduction of a Renaissance Picture Frame.

Any size

We can personalize any element of the frames. In our big selection of antique frame styles it is possible to modify the colour of any laquered Renaissance Picture Frame. You may even ask for a specific finishing changing the decorations of the frame or even mixing the ones of a frame with the ones of another one. Any kind of modification is possible especially if you consider that it can benefit the final outcome.

As we completely manufacture our Renaissance Picture Frames, we can change almost any phase of our production fallowing the instructions that customers require. The most significant quality of our work is probably that we can offer reproduction frames in in any dimension.

Tell us the measurements of your painting and we will customize one of our Antique Frames in the most effective way for you. For any modification that you need mail us before buying. Accordingly you can get a reply within twenty four hours with the options available for you.

Reproductions or original Renaissance Picture Frames?

Here at NowFrames we solved the major problem related to right size of the Renaissance Frames. How? As any other style of frames, Renaissance picture frames need to fit perfectly with the measurements of the paintings. Every collector knows that this fact could lead to a never ending and stressful research of the perfect frame that will finally cause just a big headache. In addition to that major issue there is the difficulty to find in the global market original Renaissance picture frames. There are really a few available to be purchased because they are very old.

Why there are so few Renaissance Picture Frames available in the global market? Even in Italy, which is the cradle of Renaisssance time, you won’t find so many frames to buy. Take a look to the following article if you want to know more about Italian Renaissance Frames.

Replicas vs Reproductions

Laboratorio Federici, which is the italian name for the company Nowframes, has made since the very beginning of the 20th century a lot of Renaissance Picture Frame replicas. We love to use the word replica referring to the specialized work of replicating an antique frame. That is done with particular care for any single detail. It has to be a copy of the original one.

This is a kind of skilled work that most of the time is asked to be done because the collector own already a fine couple of artworks with just one original antique frame. In that case there is not much other choises than ask for a replica in place of the one that is missing. We used the word fine artwork because just for a very important work someone would like to spend a huge amount of money to realize a replica.

The time needed for the replication of an existing antique frame is much bigger than a simple realization of a reproduction. In fact while we realize reproductions all the times we make replicas very few times. As it is a very specific work it takes a long time. There is a big study beyond the work of drawing, carving and gilding the frame. All that effort trying to give the replica frame the same look, shape and color of the existing one.