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Old 03-07-2018, 02:53 PM
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Question To frame or not frame before selling

Do you frame your works before selling? I am conflicted.

On one hand, I view the frame as an extension of the painting - it's as equally important to me.

On the other, I don't want to put off a potential buyer with a frame they don't like. If I sell the painting without a frame, it's cheaper for them and easier for them to purchase a frame they truly like.

I will always mat works on paper and will frame works for gallery shows.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:12 PM
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Re: To frame or not frame before selling

I sell most of my pieces framed. This is because they are on display when purchased. I have sold some matted in acetate envelopes for works on paper.

I do tell people who are wavering that they can buy a painting unframed if they prefer and I will deduct the frame from the price. I paint to standard frame sizes, so reusing teh frame is not an issue.
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:41 AM
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Re: To frame or not frame before selling

I don't have a choice. Every venue where my art is hanging for sale requires that it be framed with a wire on the back. That being said I would always frame everything anyway unless it has a nicely finished wood cradle on it. I don't like the look of unframed art including gallery wrapped canvas. I do sometimes offer the buyer the option of removing it from the frame with a reduction in the price, but only for paintings that are easy to take out of the frame such as oils and acrylics on panels.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:53 AM
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Re: To frame or not frame before selling

Unframed because I only sell online and everything has to be mailed.
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Old 03-08-2018, 06:35 PM
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Re: To frame or not frame before selling

All of my exhibitions feature framed watercolor paintings, plus shrink-wrapped paintings in a bin.

I am always open to selling a framed painting without the frame if that's the desire of the purchaser.

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Old 03-08-2018, 07:03 PM
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Re: To frame or not frame before selling

I always frame my paintings. In my experience, most people don't want to deal with framing themselves, and the paintings look much more presentable to the client framed. If someone said they hated the frame, I would offer to switch the frame or sell it unframed and adjust the price accordingly, but I haven't had that happen. If it's a commissioned piece, I offer a choice of simple, but high quality frames, and again, if the client doesn't like what I offer, they can frame it themselves, with the price adjusted accordingly. I also paint on standard size panels, which makes things easier for everyone.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:55 PM
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Re: To frame or not frame before selling

why not go for a simple wood or metal floating frame in black or a natural wood? The beauty of this is that if you stick to a certain size of painting, you can also have a local carpenter cut them and put them together in a lot. Offer a discount if the customer does not want the frame and take it off and use it for another painting. Frugality in action.

Oh the question: I have sold both with a frame and without. I make my own frames.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:19 PM
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Re: To frame or not frame before selling

I sell everything online like RobinZ and so don't have them framed, but I have framed stuff for exhibits because it's required. I do tend to use the same size(s) of support and so have frames I can reuse. They are all black and plain. I would rather not frame, because it is a PIA and can be pricey for works on paper.
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