Eli Wilner & Company has been chosen by Lyndhurst Mansion to collaborate with its staff in restoring and rehanging the estate’s grand Picture Gallery. The Wilner staff will restore frames that have sustained damage over time and replace those on paintings that have lost their original frames and have been in storage for years. Wilner will also assist with the rehanging of pictures, maintaining the multi-tiered Victorian style of hanging that has been documented in photographs since the 1870s but will bring many of the best works in the collection to eye level.
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Eli Wilner & Company was recently challenged with one of the most complex frame restorations they have seen in 35 years of business when a painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Lady with a Fan, on loan to the Baltimore Museum of Art from the Maryland State Archives, was unable to be placed on view to the public due to the severe deterioration of its frame.
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Following the completion of the monumental re-framing of Emmanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the master framers at Eli Wilner & Company have been receiving some extraordinary design requests. Apparently the scale and complexity of accomplishing such an enormous multi-year project has inspired clients to commission some truly unique frames that may previously have seemed impossible. Here are three such examples:
The first was a massive circular, shaped and gilded cassetta-style frame with an 8 foot diameter. This was created for a painting by Gerome and was featured in the exhibition for Sotheby’s Fall 2013 19th Century Auction.
Another project, completed in early 2014, was a unique collaboration with an interior design firm who was seeking a Swedish-style concave frame for a mirror to be based on an Empire-style period frame.
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Thomas Moran, “Shoshone Falls on the Snake River”,1900, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Framed with an Eli Wilner replica of an American frame, late 19th century, applied ornament and gilded.
This coming Friday, February 7th, 2014: The Gilcrease Museum presents “From My Point of View – Framing the Masters’ Works” a talk about the decorative frames produced by Eli Wilner & Company for the monumental paintings “Spectres of the North” and “Shoshone Falls” on the Snake River, Idaho.
Eli Wilner & Company has provided many loaner frames to the Sotheby’s Impressionist Modern, 19th Century, and American departments for their Fall 2013 exhibitions. Here are some highlights:
Competition/Opportunity for Artists:
Eli Wilner & Company has been trusted to frame masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The White House, Christie’s and Sotheby’s and numerous important private collections. They are now presenting a unique opportunity for NYC artists working in painting, drawing, photography or any other two dimensional media:
American art has a great history of frame-makers collaborating with artists. For example, at the turn of the 20th century, architect and frame designer Stanford White created exquisite frames for many of his artist friends such as John Singer Sargent and Thomas Wilmer Dewing. Eli Wilner & Company would like to bring this tradition into the 21st Century, by welcoming contemporary artists to submit a proposal for a custom designed frame for a specific artwork. Three to four finalists will be chosen by Mr. Wilner. His company staff will vote to determine one winner.
The winner will be featured on our website, have a private tour of our studio and receive their finished frame as realized by our master craftspeople who are highly skilled in carving, gilding, mold making and finishing. All finalists will receive a signed copy of Mr. Wilner’s book “The Gilded Edge” and a 1K gift certificate towards a future project.
Proposals will be selected on the criteria of originality, feasibility and presentation clarity. Tip: applicants may find the eWilner Frames App for iPhone and iPad a quick source for reference material. www.ewilnerframes.com
Submissions will be accepted from October 21st, 2013 through December 13th (ending at 5 p.m.)
Please email your submission to email@example.com as follows:
Subject Line: Frame Design Competition
In the body of the email please include the following info:
-name and contact Information
-a brief bio/artist statement
-title, medium and date of artwork the frame is designed for
-any exact dimensions required for framing purposes (please give sizes in inches)
Please attach up to 5 images:
-an image of the artwork the frame is designed for
-hand drawn or digital renderings of the frame concept, overall and details as needed
File Set Up: Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, 2MB or less each (saved)
Eligibility: Artist must live in NYC five boroughs