Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Preserving the Past: Artfully Framed Antique Prints and Botanicals” which will run April 12-May 13, 2014.
The decorative art of framing antique prints draws on many traditional and handcrafted techniques that have become as rare as the prints themselves.The prints range from a hand-colored Curtis engraving of a dandelion dating from 1795 to a German chromolithograph of butterflies, bees, and insects from 1894. Other images include rare fruits and birds, bugs, poultry and early Vt. settlers at work. Exquisite and labor intensive french mats with hand-drawn ink lines, marbelized papers, gold leaf and painted panels showcase these hand-colored engravings and early lithographs superbly. These techniques, which draw on a framer’s design abilities as well as skills handed down from past artisans, showcase the kind of traditional handcrafted framing that is a specialty at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery.The preservation aspect comes from the use of contemporary archival, museum quality materials that will ensure these pieces are kept in pristine condition for future generations.