Julius Lowy Framing and Restoration- new digs, new website, same tradition of quality
JULIUS LOWY IS A CELEBRATED NEW YORK BASED FRAMING AND RESTORATION COMPANY PROVIDING IMPECCABLE FINE ART FRAMING, CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION SERVICES TO ART COLLECTORS, MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES SINCE 1907. IT IS A MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS AND BRAD SHAR, VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, PROVIDED US WITH AN INSIDER’S VIEW OF ITS RICH HISTORY AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN MARCH 2012 IN OUR LRFA BLOG.
LOWY HAS A REMARKABLE COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE FRAMES RANGING FROM EXTREMELY RARE 16th CENTURY RENAISSANCE THROUGH 20th CENTURY ARTS & CRAFTS MODELS. THE BREADTH AND DIVERSITY OF THE COLLECTION ALLOWS LOWY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MUSEUMS, INSTITUTIONS, ART DEALERS AND PRIVATE COLLECTORS WHO WANT HISTORICALLY ACCURATE AND APPROPRIATE FRAMES FOR THEIR WORKS OF ART.
IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE TO REINTRODUCE BRAD SHAR TO THE LRFA BLOG TO INFORM US OF THE EXCITING NEW RELOCATION AND EXPANSION OF HIS COMPANY AND TO ZERO IN ON A CRUCIAL ASPECT OF COLLECTION MANAGEMENT AND CONCERN: THE ART OF CONSERVATION.
BRAD, THANK YOU FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE LRFA BLOG. PLEASE GIVE US A LITTLE OF THE EXTENSIVE HISTORY OF JULIUS LOWY. AFTER MANY YEARS ON EAST 80th, YOU HAVE NOW RELOCATED TO A TERRIFICALLY WELL EQUIPPED SHOWROOM IN THE FINE ARTS BUILDING at 232 EAST 59th STREET BETWEEN 2nd and 3rd AVENUES IN NEW YORK CITY AND MODERNIZED PLANT FACILITY IN NEARBY LONG ISLAND CITY.
TELL US ABOUT THE NEW SPACE. WHAT DOES IT INCORPORATE? WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE VAST SELECTION OF ANTIQUE FRAMES FOR WHICH YOU ARE SO RENOWNED?
We’re extremely proud of our new, modern space on the 4th floor of the Fine Arts Building. A historic building in the heart of the design district. Our new showroom is approximately 4000 square feet, newly renovated and bright. Here we have enough room to accommodate large paintings, as the showroom floor itself is 50% bigger. We also house several hundred of our 5000 strong antique frame inventory in the showroom annex, with the balance just minutes away at the plant facility. Our workshops are literally a 10-minute trip away, via subway, bus or car.
WHERE WILL THE ACTUAL PRACTICAL FITTING AND FRAMING OF ARTWORK TAKE PLACE? WILL IT BE IN ANOTHER VENUE AND WILL 59th STREET ESSENTIALLY BE A SHOWROOM?
Our Painting conservation, carpentry, gilding and fitting departments are housed in our newly renovated, climate controlled 10,000 square foot facility just over the bridge in Long Island City, Queens. The Manhattan showroom is more conveniently located for most clients, and allows us to focus on sales and service. The new plant location is still conveniently located, just over the Queensborough Bridge, and we’re doing regular consultations with clients there, as well as visits.
WHAT PROMPTED THE MOVE?
After many years of being nestled in the heart of what was once New York’s “art world,” the Upper East Side, most galleries have moved to Chelsea and mid-town, and our designer clients were always based in this neighborhood. So while our old block is still charming, it’s just not a place people really come to do business. Since so much of our orders come from online correspondence, and on-site service visits, we decided to relocate to a more central location to respond better to the needs of our market.
IN THE NEXT LRFA BLOG, BRAD WILL DESCRIBE THE SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES THAT LOWY INCORPORATES INTO ITS NEW FACILITY. LOWY OFFERS FINE ART SERVICES THAT FACILITATE THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS FOR THEIR CLIENTS.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS WITHIN THE BROAD SPECTRUM OF ANTIQUE AND CONTEMPORARY FRAMING, CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION, THEY WILL BE DIRECTED TO EXPERT BRAD SHAR.