Original artwork by masters like Picasso and Edward Hopper. Documents from Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln. What do they have in common? Each has been framed by Belgian native Bernard Vandeuren, whose training in art and antiques helps him create historically accurate finishes inspired by the details of each piece. His keen eye has won clients such as interior designer Timothy Corrigan and auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
Vandeuren’s craft is best showcased in a classic carved, gilded frame. Each begins with a single solid piece of alder or basswood. The work proceeds on site: milling, carving, adding layers of gesso and house-made clay, applying gold leaf using Old World techniques, and, finally, creating the patina. For this last step, which he often completes himself, Vandeuren maintains about 25 mineral pigments from all over the world. “The process is very labour-intensive,” he says. “But the gratification when the client is happy is wonderful.”