Asked on Apr 2, 2020

What is the value of Frames?



If i mistakenly remove a piece of real valuable art from a frame would that not be considerd a great loss? Or does the frame not add any value to the canvis?

11 answers
  • Em
    on Apr 2, 2020

    The value of artwork is the artwork piece itself. It does not lose value unless the frame is old and added to the cost of the artwork due to the age of the frame.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Thanks a very good question. I should think the archival preservation and conservation of the art to be more important. Yet certain collectors do like the original state. For your personal enjoyment and viewing- I would let that consideration that pleases you guide your framing treatment

  • If it’s all original together, you should not remove the frame. If the frame is a replacement, it’s not a big deal. Your best bet is to consult an appraiser to give you a definitive answer.

  • Tinyshoes
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Pat...An appraiser is your best bet. Hope you can find one near you but they can tell it the frame is original or replacement. Good luck

    on Apr 2, 2020

    The important role of the frame is to protect your valuable art - and make it looks it's best. So it's really up to you! :)

  • Gk
    on Apr 2, 2020

    The frame can add considerable value to the art if it is all original. How much of a loss it is would depend on the value of the artwork itself as well as what the frame may have added to the value.

  • Dianacirce70
    on Apr 2, 2020

    It could be a great loss if its original to the artwork.Sometimes we will think they are ugly, and maybe damaged as they were made of wood with find carvings, but they are really quite valuable. Before removing original art from a frame I would contact a reputable art deal for their opinion.

  • Nan W.
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Pat: I think Em's answer is spot on!

  • William
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Actually if the artwork is of a famous artist and the frame is original then the frame does add value to the piece. Many famous frame makers were commissioned by the artist to fabricate a suitable frame. There were situations on Antiques Roadshow where the art really had no value but the frame did because it was made by a famous frame maker.

  • EmmaSurf
    on Apr 2, 2020

    I agree with those that state the frame could add/subtract value depending on if it's original, or unique, or made specifically to enhance that artwork. Best advice I could give is to have both frame and artwork evaluated by an expert (not that expensive and might be able to do it via internet if you don't have anyone in your location). Also they could advise any tips on materials for new frame/mat/etc to not degrade the work moving forward.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Hi there,

    Unless frame is broken and is irretrievable, I would never remove, but as you have done this already , my question to you is are you going to hang the painting on your own wall in a new frame (If so, keep the frame and label it and add a not at back or painting as to where it is, incase they need to be together again in the future). If it was removed to sell it on once frame had been replaced, then don't do it until you have a proper valuation of picture and frame. Best wishes.

    • Pat Nel
      on Apr 3, 2020

      Dankie, thank you. I do have valuable paintings but the frames are difficult to match the required home decor.

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