For over 30 years Jerome Feig’s custom framing business was widely considered the go to place for upholding the finest standards of conservation quality picture framing in metropolitan Detroit. He has been active in conservation fields since 1988. He is proficient at gilding wooden objects and had a painting and paper conservation staff.
When Jerome Feig was introduced to anoxic micro climate enclosures he saw the benefits of such a method which lead to the development of the minoxy® micro-climate framing system.
As the story goes, after a lot of research, trial and error the minoxy® micro-climate system was launched. A masterpiece of modern micro-climate enclosure technology is now available for both collectors and conservators alike at an affordable price. The technology is protected by one US utility patent with another pending.
Anoxic oxygen free microclimate storage technology
Low or anoxic oxygen free microclimate storage technology has been widely used for many years in the food industry. The conservation field has taken this microclimate technology and expanded its use to the preservation of historical and archaeological items. The most readily identifiable items to the general public using this process are:
- The Charters of the United States in the National Archives
- Egyptian mummies in the Cairo Museum in Cairo, Egypt
The Senior Scientist, Shin Maekawa, at the Conservation Institute at the Getty Museum in California started research on the use of microclimates with zero or limited oxygen started in the late 1980’s. The Getty was looking into ideas for the use of Nitrogen, Argon and other inert gases in the conservation storage and display of precious items.
He published a paper on the subject in 1998 Oxygen-Free Museum Cases
As preservation, argon is used to displace oxygen and moisture-containing air in packaging to extend the shelf lives of the packed contents. Argon prevents entirely aerial oxidation, hydrolysis, and other chemical reactions, which degrade the products.
The minoxy® microclimate framing enclosure will protect against oxidation of its contents, pests, and bacterial growth. Our minoxy® art conservation services are available to protect and preserve your works of art.
R & D was started in earnest in 2014 to bring the cost of a microclimate enclosure to market at a price point where just about any organization could afford to encase parts of their collections at a palatable price.
In 2019, minoxy® the micro-climate enclosure received a Utility Patent from US Patent Office. As of January 2020 there is a second utility patent pending.