FATG - Levels of Framing

Logo for Fine Art Trade Guild.

Logo for Fine Art Trade Guild.

The Fine Art Trade Guild define five levels of framing.

  1. Minimum Level - To provide a basic frame at minimum cost; price overrides visual appearance and quality. (It should be noted that many of the frames available on the market fall well below the standard of the Guild’s Minimum level).

  2. Budget Level - To provide a visually acceptable frame at a budget price. No pretence is made to protect the artwork or its long-term visual appearance.

  3. Commended Level - To visually enhance artwork and offer a moderate level of protection from airborne pollution and handling for around five years in normal conditions.

  4. Conservation Level -To visually enhance artwork and offer a high level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids generated by framing materials, for approximately 20 years, under normal conditions.

  5. Museum Level - To visually enhance the artwork and offer the ultimate level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids from framing materials for up to 35 years in normal conditions.