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Picture Framing and Art Preservation/Frame Repair for Labarge Mirror

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Greetings - I have a pair of gold frame Labarge oval mirrors that are probably 40-50 years old I believe. One of them has a small piece of the frame that has broken off.  I have attached a photo.  I was wondering if this is repairable.  Thanks so much.

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This can certainly be repaired, and you have options.

A good framer would be able to make minor repairs to damage like this, mainly cosmetic repairs that may not be a 100% repair, but the damage would be much less obvious and wouldn't be seen unless you were really looking for it.

A conservator would be able to do a repair job that would be virtually indistinguishable from the original finish, even under close inspection. He or she would also be able to cast new ornamentation from other areas to replace the missing finish in the damaged area.

Which option you choose would be determined by the frame's value to you, either monetary, sentimental or historic value.  

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David Lantrip, MCPF, GCF

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I can answer questions about all aspects of framing, with special emphasis on preservation framing. Categories of artwork include works of art on paper, needlework, textiles, paintings on canvas and three-dimensional objects. Components of framing includes frames, glass/glazing, mats, mounting, their features and how to select them.

Experience

I have been a professional picture framer and educator in the field since 1994, including framing education for a major franchisor encompassing three brands and the Professional Picture Framers Association, and writing and teaching for DECOR Magazine.

Organizations
Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) > Board member, PPFA > Member, Certification Board > Member, Chapter relations Committee National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)

Publications
DECOR Magazine, 2005 - 2010 PPFA For Members Only newsletter Member of the PPFA Guidelines task force, assisted in writing PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Paper and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Works of Art on Canvas, and PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework. Picture Framing Magazine, 2012

Education/Credentials
Georgia State University, many classes as a student and educator through the Professional Picture Framers Association and DECOR Magazine. Current member of the PPFA guidelines task force and certification board.

Awards and Honors
Earned Certified Picture Framer (CPF) designation in 1996, Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) designation in 2004 and Guild Commended Framer (GCF) status in 2008.

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