18th-century colored engraving, “Cerise Ambree”

10″ x 8-1/2″. Framed in No. 105.38  – 2-1/2″, in quartersawn white oak (Medieval Oak stain).

Framers today almost invariably mat prints of this sort, but we often frame them close, that is, in a wide frame without a visible mat. A gasket mat is hidden under a wide rabbet to simply create a space between the print and the glass, and the rabbet’s lined with metal tape to isolate the acids in the wood from the print. Ultraviolet-filtering glass completes the archival treatment. The fine 3/8″ ogee on the sight edge lends delicacy and refinement. The approach might sound heavy-handed, but done right, and if the print is bold enough, as this one is, the effect I find very pleasing—direct, harmonious, unified and simple.

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