W. King Ambler’s direction in design is driven by the desire and requirement that each piece be Art for a Lifetime. With over 60 years in business, we have refined and cultivated our expertise in creating fine decorative art. The collective appearance of our line is clean, distinctive and enduring.
Our View of What Makes Great Art:
We originate and exclusively publish most of our artwork which makes our pictures unique and incomparable. The subjects and images are largely derived from our extensive collection of antique books. With sixty-five years of collecting, we have compiled an extraordinarily large library of images.
Significant attention is paid to every detail of each picture. The matting and framing components are selected to enhance, complement and bring the images to life. Our team of designers and skilled artisans develop each piece one at a time never compromising quality materials and craftsmanship. Some highlights of our product are:
- Over 300 Standard Finished mouldings
- Over 100 Hand Finished mouldings
- Extensive selection of colored and textured mats
- French mats with and without marbled paper
- Hand drawn lines
- Linen wrapped mats
- Silk wrapped mats
- Gesso mats
- All wood frames
- Made in the USA
- Manufactured to order
In addition to our product line, we extend our clients the option to custom frame. The same quality standards are upheld when framing personal and special items. Our expertise in framing can lend your own art the distinct and refined presentation of a W. King Ambler piece.
We are available to answer your questions regarding lead times, orders, payments, shipment or any other concerns you may have, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. When you call W. King Ambler, expect to speak with a person – not an automated attendee. Please note that lead times vary and our products are made-to-order. For the most up-to-date lead times, please contact our main office. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call 314-965-3252.
The History of W. King Ambler, Inc.
|W. King Ambler Inc., a third generation family owned wholesale manufacturer, specializes in decorative artwork, antique prints and mirrors. For over six decades, we have utilized our discerning eye for quality materials and innovative design, placing us at the forefront of the furniture, design and hospitality industries. We are unique in that every picture is custom made and handcrafted by a team of skilled artisans.
W. King Ambler, Inc. grew out of Wyllys King Ambler's love of antique prints and engravings. He was an independent furniture sales representative whose great love of antique books and prints led to the creation of the company that now bears his name: W. King Ambler, Inc.
King Ambler visited England and other parts of Europe after World War II where he purchased numerous antique books. Many of the sources he found on that trip are still used to this day. When his collection grew so large that his wife issued the ultimatum, "It's either me or the books," he began breaking the books apart and selling the prints to his various furniture accounts, thus initiating a new business.
In the late 1950's his son Richard entered the business and suggested to King that they begin framing the prints they were selling. At first, contract framers produced the pictures. Eventually they launched their own framing division of W. King Ambler, Inc.
For several decades, W. King Ambler, Inc. grew and matured. The third generation joined the organization in the 1980's bringing talents that enriched the design, sales, marketing and operations departments. In addition, the hand-finishing department was established. During this time, we expanded our sales force to cover the entire country, doubled our sales, modernized our facility and firmly established ourselves as the industry leader.
With the advent of the twenty-first century and technological advancements, W. King Ambler continues to embrace growth and opportunity. Our digital printing department's foundation was built upon both the extensive library of antique books and the cumulative years of product design experience. Through our ability to digitally translate, manipulate and enhance images, we have developed our own exclusive line of products. Our line continues to grow every year and contains more than 3000 images. Having access to the vast number of images and the immeasurable customization options, we have opened creative opportunities for years to come.
Today, Harry K. Ambler, the grandson of King Ambler and son of Richard Ambler, presides as owner of W. King Ambler, Inc. Harry is committed to the tradition and growth of W. King Ambler. The majority of our employees and skilled artisans have more than 15 years of employment with W. King Ambler and are dedicated to producing the same exceptional quality and superior detailing that has always been a part of the W. King Ambler line.