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Archival Materials

Four Corners Gallery is committed to archival materials. Whether it is a poster, treasured family heirloom, or priceless piece of artwork, we are committed to the finest quality and attention to detail.

From start to finish, the materials Four Corners chooses to use will preserve any item being framed. We select the best materials available including: glass with ultraviolet blocking properties to keep items from fading; conservation-grade mats that protect, instead of paper mats that cause acid burn and permanent damage; and mounting that is appropriate to each item being framed.

“If it is worth framing, it is worth preserving.”


We offer both glass and acrylic (plexiglass). Gone are the days of the “fuzzy”, non-glare glass. Glass and acrylic have gone very high-tech. The type of glazing you choose may make a larger difference then you realize. Your choice affects the finished look, the amount of protection against fading, as well as the cost. We can help you determine your needs and, in turn, recommend suitable glazing. Clients can preview the difference between conservation, museum, non-glare and anti-reflective grades of both glass and acrylic in our showroom.


We offer a vast assortment of conservation-grade matboards. Conservation mats should be used when framing originals, limited editions, or anything of sentimental value to avoid exposure to acid burn and/or discoloration over time. The older and more discolored a mat becomes the more at-risk your artwork is to irreversible damage. Fabric mats, including linen, silk and suede, also come in archival versions. With an array of colors to choose from, this is an appealing alternative to your typical, “paper” mat.


Masking tape and velcro are not advisable ways to mount your photographs, artwork, and priceless keepsakes to their mats. We use conservation quality tape and polyester corners to make sure that your artwork stays put. Four Corners Gallery regularly suggests archival mounting solutions that are reversible should you choose, one day, to remove the item from its frame. Dry mounting and float mounting can be achieved with preservation practices or simply decoratively.

“I have been going to framers for many years in different locales and have never come across such a dedicated staff interested in the very best and latest archival techniques.” Margaret Alexander collector