Franklin Report Report Card for Julius Lowy Frame & Restoration Co. in New York City
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Julius Lowy Frame & Restoration Co.
232 East 59th Street
Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 861-8585
www.lowy1907.com
info@lowyonline.com
Main Contact: Tracy Shar
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Framing
Fine Art Restoration

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Antique frames and fine art restoration

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Julius Lowy Antique Frames and Fine Art Restoration has served the framing and restoration needs of New York’s finest museums, galleries, auction houses and art-lovers for over one hundred years. The company has over five thousand antique frames, ranging in origin from the sixteenth to twenty-first century (including an enviable stock of Stanford Whites). This is the largest collection of frames in the world, and all are on display in Lowy’s 4,000 square foot showroom neighboring the D&D Building. The restoration department, which accounts for thirty percent of Lowy’s business, was the official restorer for Salvador Dalí for many years, and the firm has done work for contemporary artists Arbit Blatas, John Currin, George Condo, Stephen Scott Young and Jamie Wyeth.

Originally started by Julius Lowy in 1907, the Shars purchased the business in 1956, and it has been in their family for three generations since, leading to what sources call a "friendly, personable feeling" at the firm. While there’s space for painting, fitting and gilding in the showroom, it’s Lowy’s 10,000 square foot production facility in Queens that houses its twenty five full-time artists, each highly specialized. The entire staff is "informed and makes you feel at home."

Restoration services are priced by the hour, and employees always give an estimate beforehand. Clients are required to pay a fifty percent deposit upfront, and restorers from Lowy will even go locally to a potential client’s home to look at pieces. Though art repair and restoration at Lowy can range from $500 to $15,000, the average project costs around $3,000. For frames, pricing depends on the rarity and age of frame and the labor involved. However, prices at Lowy can range quite high. If you like an antique frame from their collection but can’t afford the original, Lowy can usually reproduce it for less. Reproduction prices are based on labor and materials, and can range from $3,000-$10,000. Despite the steep prices, with one-of-a-kind frames and singular service, it’s no wonder Lowy has been a New York institution for over a century.

Representative Client Comments:
"They have always gone out of their way to accommodate us, whether it was adapting an antique frame for a specific picture or making a reproduction." "One often thinks of Lowy for super high end frames (which they have) but they also offer more reasonably priced stock framing, making Lowy one stop shopping." "Lowy has a large and diverse inventory of historic frames that enables me to select a reproduction or an original frame that is correct for the work I am dealing with. That is why I have used them since 1980."

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Posted 4/16/2015
Reviewed By:
AllisonHennessy
AllisonHennessy Menlo Park, CA

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Rebecca at Lowy is a trained artist so she always provides a helpful perspective on piece composition and framing. One often thinks of Lowy for super high end frames (which they have) but they also offer more reasonably priced stock framing, making Lowy one stop shopping for framing for all rooms in your house.
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Posted 3/8/2012
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MetMuseumKeith New York, NY

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They are the framer we use most frequently in New York. Good stock and some very talented and committed craftsmen.
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At the Metropolitan Museum, we have worked with Lowy Antique Frames for over thirty years. They have always gone out of their way to accommodate us, whether it was adapting an antique frame for a specific picture or making a reproduction. We have been extremely happy with the work performed over this very considerable period of time and there are now numerous pictures with frames worked on or created by Lowy. We have had custom jobs in which we have, together, devised the molding; others in which the focus has been on the surface of a molding sample they have.
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Posted 3/13/2012
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DWigmoreFineArt New York, NY

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They save me time and are as focused on delivering excellence as I am.
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My gallery, D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc, covers selected 19th and 20th century stylistic movements in American Art. Our focus includes the Hudson River School of artists of the 19th Century, Ash Can and Steiglitz Modernism, American Impressionism, the American Scene Movement of the 1930s-1940s as well as American Abstraction of 1930s-1940s, American Op Art of the 1960s and 1970s, and the Washington Color School Art of the 1960s and 1970s.

I use Julius Lowy as they have an experienced conservation group capable of dealing with the various problems that occur with works in these historic styles. Lowy also has a large and diverse inventory of historic frames that enables me to select a reproduction or an original frame that is correct for the work I am dealing with. The staff at Lowy have the expertise to size, regild, repair, touch-up, and replace frames, as well as advise of appropriateness. That is why I have used them since 1980.
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