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Minnesota Bell Museum revived its original set of audubons birds of America

Discussion in 'Art Matters & News' started by DVieau2, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. DVieau2

    DVieau2 PFG, Picture Framing God

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  2. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Wonderful to read about this. Would like to see more step by step on what they actually did to restore.
  3. tedh

    tedh SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Nice to see Audubon's work being preserved. Beautiful works.

    Interested in how many of us have framed how many Audubon prints. I've done around ten.

    There's a really detailed description of all the different series that have been printed by various parties:

  4. Sonny

    Sonny CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Ted the Toronto Reference Library has a full set that was donated to them years ago by the family the Gardener Expressway is named after. The library allowed people to "thumb" through them for years and this access caused terrible damage to a priceless portfolio. They finally put it away but in poor condition. Back in the 90's a large bank made a deal with the library to cover the cost of the restoration if the bank could send the portfolio around Canada as a travelling show. I was lucky enough to be the shop that did the framing under the watchful eye of the restoration people. Needless to say some of these people have a lot of time on their hands [I worked with many in Toronto over the years] so after numerous IQ, blood, and urine tests, our shop was chosen to frame about 110 of them. It was a great experience as I have always loved many of the Audubon plates. My guess is the portfolio being worth many millions is now under lock and key and only accessible to scholars wearing gloves.
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