Eli Wilner is the founder and CEO of Eli Wilner & Company, a New York City art gallery that specializes in American and European frames from the 17th century through the present. He is a leading frame dealer, restorer and collector, as well as an acknowledged and published authority on the art of framing. His book, “Antique American Frame: Identification and Price Guide” written with Mervyn Kaufman and published by Avon, has been greeted with great enthusiasm by the general public. In September 2000 Chronicle Books published the authoritative book about the antique American frame compiled by Eli. He has also collaborated with curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, Long Island in their featured exhibitions of the American Frame.
Eli Wilner & Company is the world’s finest resource for antique American and European frames. Recently, Eli Wilner & Company completed reframing 28 paintings for the White House. As a specialist in period framing for over 30 years, Eli Wilner has worked with museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
With a collection of over 3,000 American and European frames, Eli Wilner & Company has been able to pair frames with paintings in a way that is consistent in terms of style, artistic composition and period. The company has created perfect marriages by uniting paintings with appropriate frames, enhancing both their quality and beauty. Among these are the paintings of Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Sargent, Eakins, Church, Bierstadt, Hartley, and O’Keeffe.