Friday, 25 July 2014

Framing a set of Henri Matisse Lithographs

You can imagine my delight when asked to frame a set of rare Limited Edition Matisse fine art lithograph’s for Richard, a collector from Sundridge Park, Bromley.

Richard had recently visited London’s Tate Modern to see, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition and was so enamoured by the work that he set about making a purchase.

Not satisfied with the custom print selection offered by the Tate, he sought something more exclusive. Much to my delight he came across Mourlot, one of the greatest lithographer’s of our time and who was commissioned by Matisse to print his work. Mourlot also printed work by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Miro, Braque, Dubuffet, Léger and Giacometti.

Of the four works Richard brought in, two were colour posters published in 1965 by Mourlot on behalf of the General Commission of Tourism to promote the French Riviera. The image shown above is a reproduction of the original 1950 gouache and paper découpe “La Danseuse Créolé” by Matisse.

The prints were of a very high standard on museum quality paper and came perfectly packed, so we carefully spread them out on my work bench so Richard and I could discuss his framing requirements.

Naturally no expense was spared, Richard opting for conservation glass and materials throughout. He was extremely pleased when seeing the finished frames on collection and was heading straight  home to hang them up.

If you have artwork to frame, contact Clem on 07802 486 191 or email

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