About us

Forming my company in 1983 was the beginning of a very full and rewarding career. At the time I felt like a pioneer discovering long lost art works. Today the company is composed of a team of twenty-five highly skilled individuals including 15 frame conservators. I am very proud of the nearly 10,000 framing projects we have completed to date and look forward to the next 10,000. I am particularly proud of the work we have done for many fine institutions throughout America including 28 frame projects for The White House. One of our largest projects was a hand-carved and gilded replica of the lost original frame for Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. This frame is the focal point of the renovated American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The frame's opening size is over 12 x 21 feet, and is surmounted by an elaborate construction twelve feet across displaying an eagle, flags, pikes, a banner and other regalia.

My pleasure is increased by each and every client visit; some of my best friendships have been formed while framing. I personally welcome you to call or visit to discuss your framing needs.

Eli Wilner

About Eli Wilner

Eli Wilner is the founder and CEO of Eli Wilner & Company, a New York City gallery that specializes in European and American frames from the 15th century through the present. He is a leading frame dealer, restorer and collector, as well as an acknowledged and published authority on the art of framing. His publications include Antique American Frames: Identification and Price Guide written with Mervyn Kaufman and published by Avon, and The Gilded Edge published by Chronicle Books, the authoritative book about antique American frames [published in 2000 with a second edition released in 2011].

Eli Wilner has framed over 10,000 paintings, including a large Jacobo Bassano painting for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and 28 paintings for the White House. Eli Wilner & Company is proud to have just completed the framing of Emmanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For over two decades, Eli Wilner has loaned several hundred frames for the Old Master and 19th Century European painting sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams and Doyle.

Since 1983, Eli Wilner & Company has published over 100 articles about the antique frame, and collaborated with curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Parrish Art Museum, National Academy Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art, and many more, in their exhibitions of frames.

In May 2011, Eli Wilner gave a presentation at the International Foundation for Art Research's evening event What Frames Can Tell Us held at Christie's New York. The event also included lectures by George Bisacca (Conservator, Paintings Conservation Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Laurence B. Kanter (Lional Goldfrank III Curator of Early European Art at the Yale University Art Gallery). Mr. Wilner's presentation 'Frame Forensics' included a discussion of frame aesthetics, connoisseurship, and identification and highlighted a number of tips about how to recognize an authentic period frame, how to identify French, Italian, English, and American frame construction, and how to tell if a frame has been altered or restored.

Eli Wilner has been doing frame evaluations and appraisals since 1990. Currently, Eli Wilner & Company has recently evaluated a group of 271 frames that were donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by a prominent New York gallery. Eli Wilner & Company worked with the Appraisers Association of America to create the template that will be followed by all future appraisers in the area of antique frames.