A grouping of antique silhouettes. I have a weakness for odd antique art and recently purchased six silhouettes. How to hang them turned out to be a real mind bender. Usually the silhouette frames come with an ornate top ring, and hammering a brass nail into the wall to hang them from would have been the typical way to go. Except two of the frames had problems and required special treatment. Leigh Ann Williams of 24FPS suggested I call Russell Sublette, a preparator and mount maker who has worked at the Dallas Museum of Art for over thirty years. In his free time, Russell makes these ingenious captures for pieces of art that would fare better without the traditional mounting and framing techniques. There’s a little video on the DMA’s website that highlights one of Russell’s behind-the-scenes masterpieces.
Follow the link below to see the captures before, during, and after the install.
2 thoughts on “What’s Hanging (part 2)”
Great Silhouettes and they are hung beautifully. The one by Wood could be by my 3X great grandfathers brother Joseph Wood who died in 1830.
Both Gentlemen Captain Benjamin Wood and Joseph Wood are sons of Ebenezer Wood who fought in the Revolution and was the first Sherif of Rockland County NY.
Wow! Barbara, thanks for commenting. What a wonderful family history. If you ever come across more in-depth information online about your ancestor, Joseph Wood, please let me know, and I will connect his name to it with a hot link. I also realized from your comment that my copy about the frame wasn’t entirely clear. So I have revised it to clarify that the silhouette is much older than the frame. Thanks so much for dropping by.