I have framed about 20 paintngs each year for the last 3 years for an artist who has a show in Philadelphia just after Thanksgiving. Biggest framing order every year. Maple splined float frames lacquered white. I bend over backwards to accomodate this customer as he is repeat bu$ine$$. I let him store the paintings in my shop as he finishes them, and also pack them for shipping sometimes...
Last month I did 5 LJ Concerto's for $8,000. The $380 rebate for the samples was nice, too. The same customer did $20,000 last summer, mostly Regence and Munn frames. I love to see him come in the door. ("I want that 22K gold stuff on these.")
PS - If I hadn't invested in closed corner samples, I would never get these sales.
Tomorrow I will deliver 120 closed corner frames.
[China type AKA "Ready mades"].
double mat, with little plaque on mat and easel back. About 36 man hours total.
$5,600. Helps make the rent during the summer.
Back in the early 90's I did 350 pieces for a sports bar that was opening in a hotel in Dubai UAE. They arranged for a firm here to crate and ship the order. They asked if I would supervise the installation in Dubai. They flew me 1st Class on British Airways. I stopped in London for 4 days on the way there and on the way back - stayed with an old college buddy in London. I hooked up with friends in Dubai through a friend here at home. I was in a suite in the hotel in Dubai for two weeks as constuction delays held up the installation for a bit. Temps running about 110 degrees outside. They paid for the framing, transportation, hotel, meals, all expenses and paid me a consulting fee. Gotta love those petro dollars.