The London firm of Bourlet has made the finest frames for over 200 years and remains a notable authority on restoration and craftsmanship in the art world today.
In Bourlet’s atelier on Connaught Street, Gabrielle Rendell and her expert craftsmen create frames for masterpieces consigned by museums, international galleries and passionate private clients.
The skills and materials used in making fine frames have not changed for centuries but mastery of them takes a lifetime. Bourlet fine art framers constantly researches the techniques of the ages, buying original frames to enrich its understanding and adapting traditional expertise to meet the demands of contemporary art. As well as historical accuracy, our individual approach to every single work ensures a frame that responds to the image and its aesthetic above all.
At Bourlet, the creative process is collaborative; we take time to understand every client’s tastes and preferences, and above all, their own ideas about the piece. When we get it right, a Bourlet frame both enhances a picture and deepens an owner’s relationship with it.
Bourlet and ‘Vogue 100’ at the National Portrait Gallery.
In the early part of 2016, Bourlet was engaged by the National Portrait Gallery to complete framing work on a centrepiece room of their exhibition ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’.
The exhibition showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916.
Bourlet’s long and rather distinguished history began in original premises at 29 Queen’s Gate Terrace in Kensington in the late 1800’s.
As a result, we have developed relationships with clients over decades, even generations, as collections evolve. Throughout the 20th century, Bourlet’s output has grown in scale and imagination, embracing every new movement and challenge. As well as being internationally recognised as experts in the framing of Old Masters, we will now create the perfect profile for a Degas or a Damien Hirst as well as as a de Hooch.
Bourlet’s clients comprise people of exquisite manners as well as taste; our archives contain countless letters from the most famous galleries and individuals in the world.
A hand-written note from Gladstone, detailing instructions for a newly-framed portrait to be sent to Hawarden Castle.
A mid-1950’s letter from the Royal Academy concerning a series of Van Dyck’s delivered by Bourlet, following their Flemish exhibition.