Eli Wilner Loans Consignors Free Frames

NEW YORK, NY.-- Eli Wilner & Company is proud to have loaned 18 period frames and period frame replicas to enhance the paintings sold at the Christie's American Paintings Auction on November 19. The sale total was $45,390,250.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know that an important frame increases the value of a masterpiece.

Among the recent auction highlights sold in a Wilner frame was Marsden Hartley's Camden Hills From Bakers Island, which fetched $2.3M.

Other notable paintings in the sale framed by Eli Wilner & Company were George Bellows's The Dock which sold for $1.65M, Georgia O'Keeffe's Grapes No. 2 which sold for $1.3M, Stuart Davis's Autumn Landscape which sold for $750K, and Norman Rockwell's Mathew Brady Photographing Lincoln which sold for $800K.

Historic Projects

Eli Wilner & Company is considered by some to be one of the world's finest resource for antique American and European frames.

As a specialist in period framing for nearly 40 years, Eli Wilner has completed 28 projects for the White House and over 15,000 framing projects for collectors and museums.

Formed in 1983 by its namesake conservator pictured above, the company is today composed of a team of twenty-five highly skilled individuals including 15 frame conservators.

One of their largest projects was a hand-carved and gilded replica of the lost original frame for Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze.

This frame is the focal point of the renovated American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The frame's opening size is over 12 x 21 feet, and is surmounted by an elaborate construction twelve feet across displaying an eagle, flags, pikes, a banner and other regalia.

Wilner is an acknowledged and published authority on the art of framing. His publications include Antique American Frames: Identification and Price Guide written with Mervyn Kaufman and published by Avon, and The Gilded Edge published by Chronicle Books, the authoritative book about antique American frames [published in 2000 with a second edition released in 2011].

Free Frames

The Wilner frame gallery recently announced a new risk-free program to provide frames at no upfront cost to consignors of artwork for sale at auction.

In order to participate in this program, the owner of the artwork must agree to purchase the Wilner frame, but the payment is only due after the successful sale of the artwork.

If the artwork fails to sell, the frame would be returned to Wilner, and no charges would apply. This way the consignor is protected from any framing costs in the event that the artwork does not sell.

As part of its ongoing commitment to period frames, Eli Wilner & Company will restore five important American frames in public collections at no cost whatsoever to the institutions.

The five frames will be selected from eligible applications by a panel of distinguished jurors from the professional community. Applications will be accepted from museums, historic sites, and other nonprofit cultural institutions.

Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016.

For more information about the public restoration program, including the Risk-Free consignment program, contact Eli Wilner & Company or visit their website at http://eliwilner.com

Today's homepage Featured Art Video further explores the intricate restorations conducted by Eli Wilner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ShLW_Uc-uo&sns=em