Museum-quality bases transform junk into ‘junque’

Professional, museum-quality bases, explains Sandra Mackintosh, can elevate everyday items to pure art.

The Base Company, which is located in West Hurley, N.Y., offers art dealers, retail store owners, and private parties a personalized selection of wood or steel bases. In addition to offering a variety of paint finishes for bases, The Base Company also matches the color of the armatures to the color of the objects on display. Prices vary, reports owner Zoe Bissel, with “a minimum is $45 for the tiniest, simplest base and up from there. I take into consideration the size of the stand/object, time spent in construction, and materials used. If I get multiples (at least 10) of identical objects, I give 10 percent discounts.”

American Primitive Art & Bases, which offers a convenient drop-off, pick-up point in New York, supplies custom bases to museums, decorators, dealers, and architects from around the world. It also serves private collectors interested in mounting single pieces. “We work in steel and a variety of woods, as well as plastics,” owner Aarne Anton said, “with each base individually made to precisely fit each piece. Prices begin at $75 and vary depending on size and complexity of the mount.” 

While both companies say they can work from photographs or sketches, for best results, they recommend working from the objects themselves. ?

American Primitive Art & Bases, Inc.
49 East 78 Street Suite 2B
New York, NY 10075

The Base Company
83 Spillway Road,
West Hurley, NY 12491   845-532-7814


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