Talking to Eli Wilner

Wie tickt die Kunstszene? Der Kunst-Podcast.// The Art Podcast.

Jan 25 2022 • 47 mins


My today’s guest is Eli Wilner. Eli lives and works in New York, Manhattan. He has been running his business there as a Master Framer for over 40 years and is considered one of the world's best sources for antique American and European frames.  His frames are made in the same way as the original antique frames. Eli has built a collection of over 3,500 antique frames which are available for his replicas.

Eli created a hand-carved and gilded replica of the lost original frame for Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. Such a replica would cost about 2.5 M USD today. Eli has made frames for the White House, the Metropolitan Museum and works with the two major auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's. Today he tells us about these experiences and shares his vision of the future of art.