The original frames for certain paintings can not always be restored at a reasonable cost and may not have been the best choice in the first place for a particular painting. In either case it is often better to suggest an appropriate replacement frame for the picture. It may be a period reproduction which is representative of the historic period of the painting, or it may be something custom designed just for that picture.
This painting of Joseph Kennedy Jr., brother to our late President John F. Kennedy, required a frame that was worthy of a fallen World War II hero who died too young. The frame that I chose for this painting, after we restored it, reflects his military service and sacrifice as a Navy pilot, and better honors his short life.
Courtesy Private Collection