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Framing

The Department

Zampelas Art Museum provides a framing department, an innovative space, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. The skilled personnel has undergone extensive training and they are well qualified to offer appropriate advice and suggestions to all aspects of creative and quality framing services. The department is a member of The Fine Trade Guild of the UK, an internationally acclaimed organisation, which promotes specific standards and guidelines on framing procedures and materials. Our framing and conservation services are available for artworks of any value, to museums, galleries and individuals.

Awards of the Framing Staff

Fine Art Trade Guild Finalists in the Best Mount Design
- Gocha Tchankos, 2015
- Demetris Demetriou, 2016
 

5 Levels of Framing

- Museum: the ultimate protection for your artwork 
- Conservation: helping preserve your artwork 
- Commended: guarantees a degree of protection, with design playing an important part 
- Budget: visually pleasing, but offering no long-term protection  
- Minimum: considering economy first

Materials

- Mouldings: with the guidance of specialists, you can select the appropriate frame in colour and shape to protect your artwork. We offer a variety between classic and contemporary frames to meet your preferences.
- Mountboard: an acid-free material used to mount your artwork and distance it from the glazing. 
- Backboard: the board used behind all other elements of the framing package. It has several functions such as to keep dust, humidity, insects and pollutants away from the artwork when taped, to protect the artwork from damage when being transported or stored etc. Backboards are available in different types including corrugated board, foamcore board, cardboard, etc.
 

Glazing

- Float glass: most widely-used picture glass. It is scratch resistant, but offers little protection from damaging ultraviolet (UV) light rays. 
- Preservation glass: it blocks more than 90% of harmful ultraviolet light radiation preventing, among other things, fading of the artworks. 
- Museum glass: it reduces unwanted reflections to less than 1%. 
- Plexi glass: lighter than float glass so it most used for large artworks. It offers about 60% protection from damaging ultraviolet (UV) light rays.

Equipment

- VALIANI: the cutting of mountboards is performed by a computerised mountcutter (CMC) of VALIANI company. This cutting machine provides speed and absolute precision in cutting any type and shape of mountboard without any imperfections and in the exact dimensions needed. 
- Mitre guillotine: it is suitable for cutting mouldings and wood strips at 45 degrees. 
- Underpinner: machine that is used to join two mitred pieces of moulding by inserting V-shape metal wedges into the underside of both the pieces being joined. 
- Wall-mounted cutter: machine that is used for cutting backboard, glass and mountboard. 
- Hand-held & Stapling Guns: these are used for fastening the contents of a frame in place. They fire small pieces of metal into the rebate of the frame.

Conservation

Over a period of time, artworks require the attention of a qualified conservator. Even if a painting looks good, it still faces the effects of natural aging and dirt accumulation. The conservationist's goal is to restore the artwork that has altered colours or even have water damage, fire and everything else. The conservation of the artwork is done with the best materials available today to preserve the work for the future.

Art Appraisal

In a time of ever changing prices for works of art, it is important to be aware of current market and replacement values. Zampelas Art Ltd in cooperation with accredited experts offers a valuation service for clients private, public and corporate. Our valuation service is able to provide written valuations for Insurance, for selling your work at the current market value, as well as auction appraisals and for authenticity matters or purposes.

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