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Antique Frame Market

Discussion in 'Picture Framing Business Issues' started by DVieau2, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

    I must admit I know little about the market for true antique or discarded closed corner open back frames.

    I've saved, reused and cut down some exceptionally really nice frames I have acquired but where is the market for the closed corner stuff?

    Mirrors make sense but does one just sit on the frame until the right size art appears?

    Do you print a piece to size?
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  2. Joe B

    Joe B SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I too have a ton of closed corner antique frames and I sell a ton of them & I also have a ton of antique art. I'm established as an antique art dealer and go to about 6 shows a year selling antique art in the frames that are from that time period. I've been doing that for years now but if I were to have to start doing it now I wouldn't - antiques aren't selling like they use to but I have customers that continually come back to me and also come to my shop so it does make it worth while for me to do the shows. Also, I sell the antique frames in my shop but generally have to do some repairs or painting and people put modern art into those frames. You will find that the majority of the antique frames are standard sizes so they do work for our art today. The biggest thing is if you don't show it you can't sell it so I always have a few laying around for my customers to be tempted by.
  3. josephforthill

    josephforthill MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    A lot of it depends on the frame. And it helps to have a large inventory. Think of how much difficulty people have selecting a molding sample off the wall; the odds of them finding the perfect antique frame are much smaller.

    On a humorous side note, I once had an antique dealer call asking if I had "on hand" an antique frame for a very odd size, say 11 1/4 by 22 1/2. She then proceeds to describe the painting in detail, apparently so that I can select the most appropriate 11 1/4 by 22 1/2 frame I had available.
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  4. JFeig

    JFeig SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    That example is clearly a case where that "antique dealer" does not know her market.
  5. framah

    framah PFG, Picture Framing God

    ...sorry, I JUST sold the last 11 1/4 x 22 1/2 frame yesterday!!:rolleyes:
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  6. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    I've still got a lot of old prints from the good old days, and many of them are the old Rosensteils "museum" subjects. When I have free time, lol, I laminate one or two to fit the museum frames, and they sell quite quickly.

    Old people buy old subjects.
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