Antique picture frames. Reproductions since 1905
The pictures beside shows several fine antique frame replicas made from Lab Federici. They were realized through the years for important museums and important collectors. Collectors usually look for an authentic antique picture frame a quite long time to fit it on a painting till the time they get pretty bored about looking for something really hard to find on the exact measurements they look for. This is the best reason for how Lab Federici has been getting orders through more than a century. It offers the great opportunity to collectors of old master paintings to have their paintings framed with proper antique picture frame reproductions customized on the perfect size they need. The reproductions are made using most of the antique master carver and gilder techniques, observing all the very important steps to obtain a work that can't really be recognized as a replica. The Replicas after a bit more than a couple of years gets almost alike the authentic ones. That is due to the fact that the wood in the back side after a while gets the color of a nice dry old wood. The front of the frame instead looks like old from the very begining due to the dark gold leaf which is applied as gilders did in the past. The "patina" is the process to make the frame look dark, is very difficult and it is the part of the work that can make the real difference between a good antique picture frame replica and a bad one. Federici uses natural products and they resists through time in a way that gives to the gold such an antique look that nobody, including master carvers and master gilders, is able to distinguish them from the authentic ones.