Spotlight on French Frames

The Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France exhibit was an amazing display of the classical elements of French framing. In those days, ladies were only expected to paint flowers — but this show highlights Vigée Le Brun and her extraordinary work for the court of Marie Antoinette.

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) is one of the finest 18th-century French painters and among the most important of all women artists. An autodidact with exceptional skills as a portraitist, she achieved success in France and abroad during one of the most eventful, turbulent periods in European history. Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France is the first retrospective and only the second exhibition devoted to this artist in modern times. The 80 works on view at the Metropolitan Museum will be paintings and a few pastels from European and American public and private collections. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

“She incorporated beautiful still life elements in to these portraits, and the frames are extraordinary, reflecting these themes (such as the ornate garland of sunflowers and morning glories all around the frame" - Robyn Pocker

Shown below, a small selection of our French styles, we are always happy to consult on your custom mirror or framing project. Visit our website for more information. 

SPOTLIGHT ON Leather Framing

Leather frames are a modern favorite, a bold addition to any print or mirror. Shown below, a leather mirror that we did for Sheila Bajaj, a 6" face 5 foot by 6 1/2 foot leather frame, that now resides in a residential home on the Upper East Side.

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"In framing, the hard thing is to really create a texture. With the leather, you really get a surface that you want to investigate up close. A custom mirror with leather compliments the hardware and luxurious surfaces in the interior. One of the very good things about leather, is that it can be totally contemporary or it can be wonderfully traditional - very versatile," states Robyn Pocker.

 Shown below are a few examples of custom J.Pocker leather frames, please contact us directly for any inquiries, we are always happy to help.

A few photos of a Madrid Apartment tour has us longing for leather accents, via our Pinterest page.

Letting the Frame Speak for the Artist and the Era

"The art world equivalent of Ginger Rogers — in the sense of making the main attraction look good — frames have long subtly shaped the viewer’s experience while being taken for granted."

In "Letting the Frame Speak for the Artist and the Era" by the New York Times, we are reintroduced to an important element of any artwork - the frame. From antique frames to modern day styles, the art of framing comes alive once again, as a leading player in the art world.

"But now frames are experiencing a renaissance of attention and respect from both museum curators and collectors. “I don’t remember a single discussion of frames in graduate school,” said Mark Cole, curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Now frames are increasingly seen as rich areas of study and as precious historic objects that must be preserved.”

                                                          “Twilight in the Wilderness” (1860), by Frederic Edwin Church, with a replacement mid-19th-century frame. 

                                                          “Twilight in the Wilderness” (1860), by Frederic Edwin Church, with a replacement mid-19th-century frame. 

A Custom Nautical Treasure

Already looking forward to the coming summer months here in the showroom. A young woman brought in a fascinating certificate after studying on the sea and sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. Here is a picture of a custom nautical themed frame with a hand drawn map. Love seeing incredible projects come to life.

Happy Chanukah: The Devine Life

Chanukah is a very special time, and this year I was thrilled to collaborate with Michael Devine of The Devine Life to share my Chanukah table: featuring dradels, Venetian glass, festive flowers all along the backdrop of a framed map of Paris.

Read the entire interview here.

"My eyes are always looking for pretty table top pieces to add to my collection. Every visit to another city becomes a search for new napkins. They are easy to pack and you can buy loads and not add any weight. Now, I'm on the search for dessert forks to go with my grandmothers Queen Ann sterling. I would not say I collect drinking glasses but just opening up my cabinet, it seems that I do."

A framed map: The perfect gift

Gifting loved ones can be a daunting task, we've learned a lot over the years, and are thrilled to share our findings. A framed map print can bring back nostalgic feelings of a special place once visited or lived, admired locations on your bucket list, or serving as a beautiful visual aide assisting you in your geographical studies.

The below map is a new arrival, a wonderful addition to our already vast collection of New York City Maps

Shop all J. Pocker Map Prints Here.

We love the pairing of a vibrant New York map with a classic American style frame. We've listed a few of our favorite styles below, shop all American Frames here.

The Perfect Fall Frame

With almost 90 years in business, we are always thrilled to collaborate with talented interior designers to help benefit local causes and communities, and The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey (link) was no exception.  25 interior designers, landscape, and decorative artists from New York and New Jersey transformed the home and its grounds into an elegant country estate in just a few months.

We worked with Daniel Park, of Daniel Park Design, to create three custom frames for large scale oil paintings for the transformation of the master bath.  Park, who is known for his "unapologetically glamorous interiors" (Franklin Reportanchored the room with the three bold pieces. "J.Pocker's frames are refined and stunning! I'm ecstatic with how they transformed my paintings to another level."

The proceeds from this year will benefit the Center for Behavioral Health and Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, who provides expert care and educates patients and their families about mental illness.  Read more on the show house here.

Oil painting on canvas, shown in a black linen frame.

A visit to the Amon Carter Museum

A visit to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Dallas, Texas proved to be the perfect dose of artistic nutrition. Several framing masterpieces are sure to catch your eye as you wander the inspiring collections - "I loved the corn stocks on the side of the frame, it's the ultimate fall, autumnal frame" adds Robyn.

On Trend: Traditional Tartan

 Although this print is not currently in the gallery, we'd be happy to help order if for you, please call us at 212-838-5488.

 Although this print is not currently in the gallery, we'd be happy to help order if for you, please call us at 212-838-5488.

Our gallery is full of inspirational prints, paintings, and photographs, making for nostalgic inspiration towards our future. The print shown above is a favorite, "The Companies of the 51st Highland Volunteers" gives off a colorful vibrance, leaving us longing for a seasonal plaid of our very own. “The discussion of fashion and home design is everywhere. We have always loved this image, and is now more relevant than ever” adds Robyn Pocker.

From it’s humble Scottish beginnings, to it’s present day hold on our hearts, we explore the rich history of plaid. 

Dating back as far as 100 BC, what was once originally referred to as tartan, was created by ancient Celtic populations deriving from both Ireland and Scotland. Each clan or tribe wore their own unique plaid which associated them with their specific region or district of the country. Your clan’s distinctive colors and pattern would quickly identify you as friend or foe. (Linda Holt Interiors)

Fast forward a few centuries, British and American manufacturers took note of this strong print, reviving it’s reign in the mid to later 20th century - nicknaming it plaid.

Later banned in England, over the years traditional tartans have earned their position as a key player in several global style movements. With a tricky history, plaid makes for an even richer future – securing it’s way from runway to tabletop.

 

J.Pocker Fall Trend Report

The latest in the world of framing has been carefully compiled with an artist's eye, to bring you the J. Pocker 2015 Fall Trend Report, a showcase of a unique blend of ornate framing finishes with contemporary interior techniques. Consisting of warmer tones, this season is sure to be a nostalgic one, bringing back other worldly influences into a modern day aesthetic.

Art Nouveau

“These Art Nouveau frames would be perfect for turn of the century art as a real statement piece. The Art Nouveau “drawing frames” are perfect for something small and more delicate like an Art Nouveau poster.”

Spindle via New York Spaces

Robyn loves how this is a “totally unexpected and unique take on framing.” 

What kind of a room would you use a frame like this in? “Something for the family room, or if you want to go traditional, in a child’s room it can be so much fun with the children’s artwork.” 

 

Concrete

“I’d love to se a large scale mirror in a foyer.  Perfect for an industrial, clean look.” Photo via: Elle Décor

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Viktor & Rolf's "Wearable Art"

Taking place within a gallery at the breathtaking Palais de Tokyo, Viktor and Rolf further complicated the idea of "Wearable Art" - with their most recent display of avant garde pieces suggesting that the answer could be "both."

Earlier in the year, the duo announced that they would be focusing only on the haute couture creation process. In their preview, they demonstrated the before and after of their creative procedure — "how the integration of hinged frames on coats, dresses, and capes could transform the designs from outfits into artworks, from portrait collars to abstracted portraits." (Vogue Magazine)

"I've always believed a good frame becomes one with the art.  A frame should never stand on its own or be disconnected from the art, but rather something that becomes part of what you see in its full impact.  And in this case quite literally...part of the dress.  It illustrates the same thing...dynamically part of the dress just the way a frame should be with art."  - Robyn Pocker

 

 

 

Sargent at the Met

We recently visited John Singer Sargent at the MET for an afternoon of inspiration, leaving us with a profound feeling of curiosity into the avant-garde world of John Sargent. A celebrated American painter, and truly one of the greatest of our time, Sargent was known for his lifelike portraits of artists, writers, actors, and musicians, many of whom were his close friends. 

Because these works were rarely commissioned, he was free to create more radical works than for those in which he was paid. He often posed his subjects informally, creating a steady theme of movement. "Together, the portraits constitute a group of experimental paintings and drawings—some of them highly charged, others sensual, and some of them intimate, witty, or idiosyncratic." (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

While the collection of paintings was astounding, it was the anchoring of ornate frames that caught our attention. Working not against, but alongside these classic portraits, the frames help to tell each and every story, leaving us with a profound feeling of curiosity into the avant-garde world of John Sargent. 

 

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, 1889 in a famous performance of William Shakespeare's tradgedy Macbeth.

 "The story of the subject is so romantic. A true celebrity in her day, and this dramatic frame celebrates everything about her. It's bold and a bit brazen in its forceful carving just as the subject was." 

"This style for portraiture is very reminiscent of Stanford White, who was widely acknowledged as an innovative and talented designer of picture frames. The frames he designed for important portraits for his clients, romantic delicate and powerful at the same time."

The exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, which opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 30, brings together about 90 of these distinctive portraits, including numerous loans from private collections. It will also explore in depth the friendships between Sargent and those who posed for him as well as the significance of these relationships to his life and art. Read more on the fantastic works of Sargent shown at the MET here.

House Beautiful, The September Issue

Our friends over at House Beautiful asked us for a few framing tips for their September issue and we happily obliged!  Check out their "Color Lover" September Issue where Robyn shares her wisdom on selecting the right frame. From mat color to frame style to the 3D effect - Robyn's insight proves just what it takes to get that perfect piece, a lifelong investment.

"Match your frame to your art's roots" she insists - assuring us not to stray far from the original piece itself. "If it's a Dutch still life, choose a frame with Dutch heritage. Your framer can help." At J. Pocker, your framer takes every step along the way with ease and precision, as every project has significant meaning. 

Contact us today, to schedule a consultation at jpocker.com, or stop by any of our locations in person, we would love to meet you!

Sardi's: AN ICONIC Gallery Wall

Incredible displays of framing genius can be found all over New York City, and we're looking to tour some of our favorites - as part of a new #JPockersNewYork series. 

To this day, Sardi's restaurant on W. 44th Street in the heart of Times Square, is considered a Broadway institution.  The restaurant's  walls are lined with over 1,300 familiar faces, documenting decades of talent and for many years, Sardi's was the location where the Tony Award nominations were first announced.  In 1947, the owner, Vincent Sardi Sr. (a client of J. Pocker!) received a special Tony Award, for "providing a transient home and comfort station for theatre folk at Sardi's for 20 years." 

Many artists have contributed to this wall, and trust quickly faded with the death of their most recent visionary. "On the day Jimmy Cagney died, his caricature was stolen from the Sardi's wall. Since then, when drawings are done, the originals go into a vault, and two copies are made. One goes to the lucky subject of the caricature, the other up on the Sardi's wall. This way, potential thieves won't have their moment!" exclaimed Judy Katz. (Playbill)

In 1979, Vincent Sardi, Jr. generously donated his collection of 227 caricatures from the restaurant to the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  With each and every framed caricature, this restaurant offers a most epic gallery wall, the true definition of an iconic ambiance.  Vincent Sardi was a name found in the J. Pocker ledger several times as a constant client, who valued the framing process.



Manhattan Sideways: Behind the scenes of J. Pocker

Manhattan Sideways, an insider's guide to exploring NYC and discovering the side streets of Manhattan, made their way up to 63rd and Lexington, where we have been for over 30 years.  We were thrilled to share our history and reflect on what it means to be in business in NYC after 89 years on the Upper East Side.  Read an excerpt from the interview below and watch the video for a sneak peek behind the showroom with the full interview from Robyn here.

“In a family business, everybody works,” Robyn Pocker announced when I first met her. She went on to tell me that her first job as a little girl was making paperclip chains in her family’s framing establishment. Over the years, she was promoted through the ranks, learning to wrap packages with bakery string, how to please customers, and simply to absorb advice from her parents,  until she became a full employee, fresh out of college. Robyn went on to say that she feels “very rooted on 63rd Street.”

Quickly gaining respect over the course of their New York City tenure, their more notable clients are always first to protect this family of merchants. " When the F train came to the city, they wanted to take our building by right of eminent domain - my father had a lot of influential friends, including the Rockefeller family, and they protested until my father was allowed to remain in business in the same building, but just around the corner."

With a ledger housing ink of those most influential during the mid century, it gives you a vivid sense of the business many decades ago. "The old days, the 60's, that show us who the clients really were back then: the older Roosevelts, the Rockefellers, you get to see a little slice of old New York!"