Custom Frame Orders
Dear friends of the batican, We are currently reworking how we do custom orders from our website.
Currently we are considering switching website platforms to make a more robust set of options. Also, we are fairly busy with current custom orders, but if you need something special give Nigel a call at 559-7(zero)8-0589 and he will get you taken care of. Thanks to everyone who has placed orders! They will be filled soon!
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If you would like a simple quote on a frame feel free to fill this form out and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!
Glossary of Terms
Framing is endless and that is exactly why we love it. There are an infinite number of combinations and styles that can be achieved with picture framing so that you may dress your artwork up exactly how you envision it in your mind. Hopefully this glossary can help you make some decisions on how to present your art in it's best light. At Batican we have specific tastes in frames that cater mainly to realists and representational artists. We are academically trained painters and draftsmen ourselves which is how we we led to this fine craft of frame making. We started doing it for ourselves, and now we do it for the love of art and-
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Casetta / Flat Panel Frame
The Casetta is a classic Italian frame style found in many museums across the world. This is one of our favorite styles of frame. It is generally made out of flat strips of wood with trim added to the inside and outside of the frame to complete the look. it is a modular frame that can be modified and made wider, thinner and taller. It's a great platform to build ideas upon.
tabernacle frame. noun. 1. a frame, especially of the 18th century, around a doorway, niche, etc., that suggests a small building, characteristically one with a pediment and two pilasters on a base.
We LOVE making "Tabernacles" at Batican. It is a seemingly endless style, with as many variations as there are stars in the sky. They're also very tricky to construct. Our tabernacles are inspired by the frames found in museums in Florence, Rome and across the world. They can be as simple or as complex as you like.
We always enjoy the challenge.
Deluxe Museum Tabernacle Frames
This style Tabernacle Frame Features complex columns, with caps and bases, ledges and feet, as we call them. Often they feature arched windows as well. This our "NO HOLDS BARRED" frame that artists typically use for competitions and special projects where there is a clear aesthetic goal in mind. These are incredible labor intensive to construct and finish. The appearance is striking, and prevents the viewer from breaking focus from the artwork to the frame and back for long periods of time, essentially achieving the ultimate goal. These frames can be made as small or as large as desired. At BATICAN we have the capabilities.
sgraf·fi·to - a form of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color, typically done in plaster or stucco on walls, or in slip on ceramics before firing. At Batican we typically apply the sgraffito technique over watergilt gold leaf. This is a very difficult technique and success relies on getting a number of variables absolutely perfect to achieve the ideal look. All of our designs are original one of a kind patterns. We rarely re-use a design because it is destroyed in the process of application, meaning every time you see Sgraffito on one of our frames, it will also be the last time you see it on one of our frames as well.
Pastiglia [paˈstiʎʎa], an Italian term meaning "pastework", is low relief decoration, normally modelled in gesso or white lead, applied to build up a surface that may then be gilded or painted, or left plain. The technique was used in a variety of ways in Italy during the Renaissance.
At Batican Custom Framery, we adore the pastiglia technique, and use it frequently. It's attractive and not too garrish like some ornamental framing counterparts. The only way to apply pastilia is by hand. There are no short cuts. It is a grueling process. Just like sgraffito, our designs are always original and one of a kind and rarely used again.
Flemish Corner Frame
There are many definitions for this style frame. Flemish corner happens to be the one that stuck with us. It's inspired by the dutch and Flemish renaissance frames found across northern Europe. We are particularly big fans of this style. It is recognized for its outset corners, which tend to give power to the artwork and draw the viewer in due to it's unorthodox nature. The frame pictured to the right is a custom order for Michael Hussar, a modern master. It features full 23 karat watergilding inside and out with 23k gilt Pastiglia on the flat section of the frame. We hope you like it as much as we do.