Peter Schade, Head of Framing at the National Gallery, London, has shared some images on his Twitter account (@psframes) showing the recent reframing of Frans Hal’s Portrait of a Man Holding Gloves. The painting’s previous frame (left), a heavily gilded eighteenth-century French example, was replaced with a more sympathetic Dutch ebony style frame dating to the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century.
The Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings sales often feature loaned historic and modern frames for lots featured in the Evening and Day sales. Paintings rarely survive with their original frames intact, and thus suitable and sympathetic replacements are often in demand. Here is an article from our website on the subject of framing written by Paul Mitchell back in 2016.