“ancient frames”

The art of framing: meeting with Capucine Montanari, head of the Amadéo Montanari Gallery

Capucine Montanari is the head of the Amadéo Montanari Gallery, a gallery specialised in ancient frames. Art Media Agency had the pleasure of meeting her on occasion of Paris Tableau 2012, where she exhibited some of her frames and agreed to answer our questions. Art Media Agency (AMA): Could you present your gallery, the Amadéo Montanari Gallery? Capucine Montanari (CM): I took over the gallery after my father’s death in 2007. It is located near Place Beauvau, next to the most famous Parisian galleries and Sotheby’s. I now work with a team of experts, including two “Meilleurs ouvriers de France” (Best Craftsmen of France). The Amadéo Montanari Gallery – named after my father – specialises in French, Italian and Dutch ancient frames. We own over 800 frames, from the 15th, 16th and 17th century, until the 20th century. More recently we have also acquired some Art Nouveau frames. The Amadéo Montanari Gallery is involved in various fairs each year: Paris Tableau and Brafa and until 2006 we took part in Maastricht Fair. AMA: How do you acquire the frames you exhibit at the gallery? CM: We acquire most of our frames from individuals; some, on the other hand, are purchased in auction houses. It is a real research work, which requires strictness and patience. I travel to Italy, notably, in order to discover some of the frames. AMA: What service do you offer? CM: We are most attentive to the products we use, in order not to damage the artworks. We offer, for instance, anti-reflective and anti UV glasses. We are trying not to alter or transform the frames in our possession, but when necessary we undertake the restoration ourselves. It is also possible to cut some frames, in order to adapt them to the canvas’ size. However, it...

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