Friday, July 29, 2016

Ornament Display

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Jewelry Stands

All of our round T-bar necklace and bracelet displays are made with endcaps on the bars to prevent jewelry from slipping off. All bases are beveled, polished acrylic, and most bases detach for easy shipping.
The above earring stand can display one pair of earrings.  It's perfect for that special collectible pair.
The Top Notched Necklace Display stand can display numerous necklaces at once.
The Single Necklace Display is perfect for showing off an individual and unique piece.
The Ring Display is perfect for displaying a special ring.
Single Watch Display is great for showing off collectible timepieces.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

History of the Easel

History of the Easel
One might not think that the history of the easel is a complex one, but it is! This chapter will outline the easel's origination and rise to popularity.

 An easel is a structure built to support an artist’s canvas. Easels are also commonly used to display finished works of art. Useful in many situations for a variety of reasons, the easel, in all its forms, is an invention that can be found being used very far back into our world's history.
The ancient Egyptian hieroglyph artists used their skirts1 pulled taut around their knees as a sturdy place to write on their tablets.
Because much of their writing and art had religious connotations, their finished tablets were displayed on elevated platforms2 now known as the bookstand.

1) Hieroglyph Man Image - Artist unknown. Scribe from Tomb of Saqqara. The Louvre, Paris. Everyday Life in Bible Times. Melville Bell Grosvenor, Ed. (Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1967) 112.
2) Bookstand Art Image - Grosvenor 326.

Mention of an easel was first formally recorded as far back as the first century CE when Pliny the Elder wrote about a large panel being painted on by an artist who had propped it up on what could have only been one of the first easels.
Pliny the Elder1 was the accomplished writer of the book Natural History2. His book is considered to house nearly all of the ancient knowledge that preceded him and is frequently used as an encyclopedia.

 1) Pliny The Elder Image - Courtesy Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
2) Naturalis Historius Image - Source: English wikipedia.

Published in AD 77, it was and is used as a reference material to all history that comes before that date, including most of the famous artwork. Because Pliny the Elder, whose real name was Caius Plinius Secundus, wrote about some of the art being worked on while propped on easels in his book, we can correctly surmise that the easel was invented prior to 77 AD.

More artistic proof of an easel was discovered in Asia’s history. The depiction of “a contemplative scholar”1 by the artist Wang Wei seems to show the man studying or reading and making use of an easel-like structure.
This art from China is thought to have been created during the 8th century.

 1) A Contemplative Scholar Image - Wang Wei. Scholar Fu Sheng. Osaka Municipal Museum, Osaka. Ancient China. By Edward Schafer. (New York, TIME LIFE Books, 1967) 123.

We also know that illuminated easels were used in the 12th century by Monks. In need of something to write their manuscripts on, some monks used a form of an easel to produce their famous works.
Because their manuscripts were so precious, using an easel was necessary to ensure that the monks came out with the best possible finished writing creations.

The word easel is derived from the German language and it is actually a synonym for the word donkey. The old Germanic form of the word easel is Esel. Interestingly enough, the word that means easel in many languages also means donkey in those languages as well, like Dutch (schildersezel) and Latin (Asinus).
The need for easels spiked greatly in the 13th century when canvas paintings became more popular. As the demand for murals diminished, easels and the art painted upon them became more and more ubiquitous. As the renaissance progressed, the easel became a staple in the art society.
On the right are two of art's famous works in which an easel is pictured.
The painting right, "Young Girl in Pink Dress Sitting by an Easel with a Mandolin", is by the famous artist Jean Baptiste Camille Corot.
The other painting, "Self Portrait in Front of the Easel", is by the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Vincent van Gogh        Self Portrait (1888)        Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam:

Artists' needs were constantly growing and changing during the renaissance period. To accommodate the boom in commissioned art, many artists modified the basic easel structure to better fit their needs.

The invention of the portable easel and storable oil-based paint in the 15th century are the two factors in the boom of landscape artwork. Suddenly, artists were able to pack up their materials and traipse the country sides, capturing anything they wanted on their canvases.

More recent history shows that antique easels2 dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries have become quite valuable to antique collectors and restorers. By the 17th century, easels themselves had become works of art. Ornately decorated easels are still widely popular today, and the older they are, the more valuable they are.
Older easels are known to cost anywhere from one hundred to thousands of dollars.
1) Antique Easel Image - Marshall B. Davidson. American Heritage Dictionary of American Antiques from the Revolution to the Civil War. (U.S.A: American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc.) 1968.108.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

African Masks

African ritual and ceremonial masks are usually made of wood and have holes along the sides where string or cord was used to hold the African mask in place. These holes can be used to mount the African mask on a display stand or hang on a wall. You could simply run a string or wire through the holes of the African mask to hang it, or mount it on a display base with an armature. The metal wire follows the inside perimeter so it cannot be seen through the openings in the mask such as the eyes and mouth. The wire goes into a hole on each side of the African mask to hold it in place. It looks better to bend the post where it comes to the bottom of the African mask back and away from the mask, then down to the base. This will add dimension and keeps the post back from the mask. The display base is commonly made of metal or other materials can be used such as acrylic or wood. Custom mounting for African masks can range from $80 to $400 depending on quality of the display mount and size of the mask. Our custom division, 10-31 Inc., has been mounting African masks for over 30 years. They carefully mount the African mask with just the right proportions and finesse giving it a very clean look.
Another alternative for making African mask displays is to do it yourself. Art Display Essentials has stock “T”-arm displays that can be used to make an African mask stand. They come as a basic “T” shape that you can bend the arms down and place into the side holes. The height of the post could be adjusted although you would need a hack saw or bolt cutters to cut through the ¼” steel. You can see these “T”-arm African and tribal mask stands here:

Back of Tribal Mask

T-arm African mask display with wire bent down from the top.
T-arm African mask display stand with more intricate bending of the upright post around mouth so it is not seen from the front.
This is a simpler approach for a tribal mask stand, but you will see the upright post in the mouth from the front.
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Some African masks cover both head and face or full headdress. These may be easier to mount by using a base with a post and a fitting on top. The fitting is sometimes custom shaped to correctly fit the African head piece. There are also stock bases for this situation as well at  Art Display Essentials. These stock items can also be used for helmets, hats and other items of that nature. They can be seen here:

Other masks, including masks that are not African, may be made of metal like copper or bronze; or stone such as jade or steatite. The stock stands may or may not work with these depending on size and weight. However, a custom mount can be made by 10-31 Inc.

How to hang an African mask on the wall

Custom African mask wall mounts by 10-31 Inc:

How to hang African masks on wall

The same bending approach used for the African mask display shown above can be used to hang an African mask on the wall. The "T" are available without the base, so instead of the post going down to a base it could go to a metal plate. If you used a metal plate with screw holes like pictured above you would have to solder or weld the post to the plate. You could also use a wooden wall plate that you could drill a hole in on a downward angle for the post to tightly fit into.

African Mask

African masks are typically used for rituals and ceremonies and are also a popular collector’s item, also seen in galleries and museums.  Some African mask types are: Baule Mask, Biombo Mask, Bwa Mask, Dan Mask, Goma Mask, Kota Mask, Kwele Mask, Ligbi Mask, Lulua Mask, Lwalwa Mask, Pende Mask, Punu Mask, Senufo Mask, Teke Mask, Woyo Mask, Yohure Mask.

The stock T-arms can also be used for many other Artifacts such as: usahbtis, celts, etruscans, coreform glass, bronzes, Egyptian, Roman, and Greek artifacts, faience pieces, amulets, jades, terra cotta figures, byzantine, olmec, and mezcala figures, pre columbian, mayan, aztec artifacts and so on.

For more information:

Large T Arms

 Large T Arms can be used for a variety of display purposes.  The most common uses are for displaying masks, dolls, or small statues.  You can bend the armature yourself to ensure a custom fit to your unique art piece.  The armature can be bent in many different directions to provide the correct angles for your display.  The sleek design provide a professional display option.
12"H T-arms can be bent to hold masks. These are more rigid then our other "T"-arms and are not softenend. These are harder to bend but will support more weight. The upright is about 1/4". The top bar is about 1/8" x about 10" across. The base is .5" acrylic.

Watch the YouTube video below for instructions and suggestions when using a T Arm armature.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ryman Hangers

The Ryman Hanger is our most popular solution for hanging artworks and is used by an international body of galleries, large and small, that includes The Tate, Getty and MoMA. Designed to attach artworks tight to the wall with no visible fixings, it is easy to install, enables adjustment, and has a choice of three levels of security. The Ryman Hanger also carries the official stamp of approval of the UK's Museum & Galleries Commission.

Rymans to Suit All Sizes

Ryman Hangers are sold in pairs and there are three sizes available that will handle artworks from the smallest etchings and watercolours right up to large flat-backed works weighing up to 200kgs.
Small Ryman sets work well with lightweight works like etchings and small to medium-sized watercolours. It is also useful for artworks where the timber framing is very narrow as the hanger is a mere 11mm wide.
Large Ryman sets work well for the vast majority of medium to large-sized artworks.
Extended Ryman sets work well for large heavy works, often those with glazing, and where the additional screw fixing points ensure a robust fixing to the frame.


Secure or Very Secure?

For installations where it is important to inhibit or prevent opportunistic theft, we suggest you use the Ryman Hanger set. These are supplied with Spring Keepers which will prevent anyone from removing the artwork whilst the keepers are in place. It is difficult to remove the keepers without the individual bringing attention to their actions. This level of security is appropriate to the vast majority of artworks on display and is by far our most popular solution. We recommend the use of our specially-designed Ryman Tweezers to remove the Spring Keepers.
For the highest level of security we suggest our Ryman Hanger Security set. The Security Spring Keeper included in this set is easily inserted which then ‘locks’ the artwork in place. The Security Spring Keeper can only be removed by using our Ryman Security Key. We are the only company to manufacture these and each one is carefully numbered and its owner listed.

Dimensions And Finish

The Ryman Hanger is made of stainless steel so will be safe on your artwork and provide for many years of service. The Spring Keeper has a dulled ‘bronze’ finish that ensures it sits unobtrusively in the shadows behind the picture. The small Ryman Hanger measures 55mm x 11mm, the large Ryman Hanger 85mm x 16mm and the extended Ryman Hanger 105mm x 16mm.

Useful Tips And Guidelines

In addition to fixing works discreetly to the wall, the Ryman can be used with any of our track systems. When used in conjunction with our storage hooks, artworks can be hung on a wide range of screens and storage facilities.
A pair of Ryman Hangers is required per artwork, so they are all sold in pairs. All that is required to use the Ryman Hanger are screws to suit your particular artwork. We recommend panhead, screws as these provide a clean smooth finish, but if these are not available then countersunk screws will work.
For Small Ryman Hangers you will require 3.5mm diameter screws at a length to suit your artwork.
For Large and Extended Ryman Hangers you will require 4mm diameter screws at a length to suit your artwork.
For more information or to purchase Ryman Hangers:

- Ryman Hangers #H10000

Monday, July 25, 2016

Brass Caliper Stands

Center Post Base

The Center Post Base is perfect to display a hollow item or an item with a drilled hole in the bottom.  You can also use foam to create a custom "fitting" for the piece.  The whole stand is approximately 5" tall and the base is .5"x 3" x 3".

- Center Post Base #CPB00

Art Display Essentials: Mineral, Fossil, and Sea Shell Displays

Art Display Essentials: Mineral, Fossil, and Sea Shell Displays

Seashell on a Custom Wooden Base

Friday, July 22, 2016

Museum Barriers

Museum barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum or institution. Taller museum barriers are usually used for directing foot traffic in a particular path or direction. Shorter museum barriers can be used for surrounding items such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There are a number of museum barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord. This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being viewed. The largest manufacturer of museum barriers is Absolute Museum and Gallery Products, distributed in North and South America by Art Display Essentials.

Q-Cord Retractable Museum Barrier:

The "Q-Cord" museum barrier has two retractable cords to comply with ADA standards. These are made by 10-31 Inc. and sold at
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Freestanding Grey Barriers:

Grey museum barriers used to surround an art exhibit.
16 inch high museum freestanding barriers used to protect an art display.

Freestanding Essential Barriers

An economical option for a 16 inch museum barrier available in silver.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Museum barriers should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The belt or cord on a typical museum barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the finished floor or ground. The Q-Cord Museum Barrier already meets these ADA requirements. Also, Absolute Museum and Gallery Products now offers a cuff to add to an existing museum barrier that adds a second cord down at the correct height to be compliant with the ADA standards. These items and other barrier related items are sold by  Art Display Essentials and can be purchased on their website here:
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Floor Mounted Museum Barriers:

Museum barriers are available in a floor mounted option for more permanent installations.

Q-Cords at Whitney Museum:

Q-Cord museum barriers set up for queue control at the Whitney.
Q-Cord Barriers at the Whitney Museum Floor mounted Q-Cords at the Whitney
Grey museum barriers at the Louvre:

For more information on Museum Barriers: 

The Spider Mount this skull is mounted on is available here:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Q-Cord Retractable Barriers at the Whitney

Gun and Rifle Displays

Fire arms, both rifles and hand guns, are a popular collector’s item. Usually they are pre and post war sporting fire arms, American and foreign military fire arms, and tactical fire arms. Some collect based on how the fire arms were used, some collections will be based on the evolution of the fire arms and others will collect based on a historical era.
There are a number of ways to display fire arms from the typical wall rack to elaborate custom stands.

 Art Display Essentials has clear acrylic table top stands for rifles that are sold separately in three sizes to accommodate different size fire arms. Typically a shorter one will be at the stock and the taller one will be at the forestock. By using these combinations you can also get a tiered effect with two rifles. These can be seen here:

Acrylic Gun Display Stands
Art Display Essentials also carries wood gun stands that can be seen here:
For mounting hand guns there are other options. Art Display Essentials carries a wood stand that has a post that goes into the magazine to hold the gun. Revolvers have a different type of wood stand that has a wood post on which the barrel rests. These can be seen here:


Another option that has a refined look is to use one of Art Display Essentials H-arms. You can bend the H shaped armature to hold your pistol or revolver the way you want. You can float it off of the base or have the handle sit on the base.

This same H-arm is also used for mounting powder horns and other items of that nature.
Displaying a 22
First bend for 22 2nd Bend for 22 clipping the excess wire
bent to support handle bent for 22 22 with float of base
Displaying a revolver
bending the wire to fit bent to hold revolver revolver with high float of base
H-arm holding revolver:
Powder Horns on H-Arms and a T-arm

Custom Firearm Mounts

For a specific high end stand for your fire arm or powder horn you can have one custom made. 10-31 Inc. has been mounting rifles, hand guns, and powder horns for over 30 years. In 1993, 10-31 was awarded the contract to produce mounts for and install over 2000 historically significant firearms for the National Firearms Museum.
For more information on Gun Displays: