Antique frames with damage can be restored. A quality reproduction frame is a viable alternative but when you can find the right vintage frame for a piece it can be the best choice. Missing pieces are cast and molded or handcarved to replace missing ornamentation. Paint can be stripped off, sometimes even revealing a beautiful old finish. Finish losses can be matched in areas or the entire frame regilded. A newly gilded frame is then carefully distressed and toned to give it a natural antique appearence. The final finishing is an art in itself and a beautiful authentic appearence is the goal. A great frame enhances the artwork or makes a wonderful unique mirror.