1. Frame dimensions seem confusing to me - there’s rabbet size, sight size, and overall size. What are the differences? Answer: When you see 25x30x4 that means the rabbet size (inner size) is 25x30 with a four inch profile. The rabbet size is TYPICALLY ½ - 1 inch larger in width and height than the sight size. In this case the sight size would be 25.5x30.5 - 26x31. To calculate the overall dimension, you double third dimension and add that number to the width and height of the sight size. - ie. 26x31x4 = overall 34x39 outside dimension. The profile is still the same four inches. We use the rabbet size in our description of the frames.

  2. Why don't you list sight size for most frames? Answer: In our experience the most important dimensions are the rabbet. If the sight size is not listed in the description and you need a number more specific than the estimate, just email or call and we’ll get it for you.

  3. I notice you have many European frames and they use the metric system. How will those work with my American paintings? And vice versa? Answer: The best frame for your artwork is the one you buy. We can adjust with liners and/or routing, etc.

  4. How do I know that my painting will fit in your frame? Answer: These period frames were designed for a specific painting quite a long time ago. Odds are, you will not find a frame that will EXACTLY match the dimensions of your painting. This is remedied with liners and minor routing and adjustments.


  1. I’ve noticed differences in color of frame. Is the color I see on my screen true to real life? Answer: Sadly photography flattens color. Additionally, different monitors display differently. We do our best to be true to the frame’s actual features while highlighting the frame’s unique details.

  2. I’m confused about the different gilded finishes you reference. Why is there such variety? Answer: Period frames are primarily gilded with gold, or in some cases silver leaf. This is very different from contemporary frames that are rarely finished in gold leaf, but are instead metal leaf. Arts & Crafts frames, even high quality ones, use metal leaf instead of gold leaf.

  3. I notice there are frames with dark finish that you call roman bronze. Why is it so dark and can you make it lighter? Answer: These frames have an original toned metal leaf surface aka “roman bronze finish”. These frames were made dark to be intended for sunset paintings or paintings that had a tonality appropriately designed for this kind of frame. The answer is yes, BUT... Is it feasible and is it practical? You CAN but what do you lose in the process? The money it would take could be exorbitant, depending on size and detail. In fact, you would probably lose the original subtle details. So depending on size, detail, and the painting you’re looking to house, you may be better off finding a different frame.


  1. If I buy frames should I expect tiny defects or do you take care of that? Answer: Many period frames have tiny defects. However, we have the ability to restore all frames. Some frames suffer with age, transport, storage, etc. Any obvious flaws will be fixed before shipping.

  2. You indicate a particular date or date range for frames on your website. Are your representations guaranteed? Answer: Yes. All our representations are guaranteed.

  3. You indicate on the site the frame I’m interested in has been altered. Does this negatively impact the value of the frame? Answer: Yes it does and that depreciation has been reflected in the list price.