Modern British

So many influences converged after the Second World War to argue for simplicity in framing; uncomplicated profiles, painted surfaces and a minimal gold content. As in all areas of creativity, successful simplicity – avoiding the stark or the dull – sets its own challenges. With traditional gilded frames, we work with just one colour, manipulating it to suit the painting. But with a painted Modern British frame, we have to find the colours and tones which best work with the work itself.

Modern British

With a painted Modern British frame, we have to find the colours and tones which best work with the work itself.

Nuance can be vital; colour is often built up in a series of washes or glazes, starting perhaps with a yellow, adding a green or blue, and then rubbing down the final colour to reveal hints of the shades underneath.

Every single Bourlet craftsman has trained as a fine artist and often pursues his or her own practice today. So this attack on colour holds no fear for any of us; at times, it’s rather like being back in art school.

Impressionists

Impressionists

At Bourlet, we just love to make a Louis XIV frame, carving its sensuous lines, applying and then stripping back gold leaf to accentuate its swirling form.

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National lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020

Bourlet’s workrooms will continue to process orders during the lockdown period.

Throughout this time, the collection and delivery of artworks will be possible by prior appointment – call us on 0207 724 4837.

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