Antique Stained Glass, will it devalue to paint frame?

mellyc123August 1, 2011

I am considering sanding and painting the frame of an antique stained glass piece such as the link below ( okay, maybe its vintage it does not say the year).

Will this lower the value of the piece?

http://www.othersideantiques.com/Mackintosh-Bouquet-of-Roses-with-Blue-Border-Antique-Stained-Glass-pr-19199.html

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lindac

If you do it well.....and don't compromise the glass....I don't think so.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 11:10PM
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antiquesilver

I'm not sure - but the framing looks to be original showing that the window was removed intact from a building with aged paint, giving some authenticity to antiquity. With a spiffed up paint job, it won't look any different from stained glass that was made yesterday.

It's a beautiful piece no matter what you decide.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 12:36PM
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lindac

I had a reason to see to the repair of one panel of a large stained glass window in our church. New glass looks different from old glass. Amazingly there were some sheets of the original glass in the attic in the color of the largest broken area and the man who did the repair had some old glass in almost the same color as the brown that was broken.
Those windows have been re-camed, the inside frames restained and the outside frames repainted many times. I don't think it has lessened their value.
I think it depends if you are looking at the art value of the stained glass....or the decorative value of the stained glass in the frame.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 2:46PM
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mellyc123

Thanks so much

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 6:40PM
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