New York’s Lowy Frame & Restoring Co. is kind of a big deal. The company, founded in 1907, has been called upon to frame projects for the reopening of the European wing of the Metropolitan, an El Greco for Museo del Prado, and more. But President Larry Shar is just as passionate about working with private collectors as he is about the world’s most remarkable museums.
Both you and your father, Hilly Shar, started working for Lowy at a young age. Tell us about your family history with the company.
My dad went to work for Lowy as a teenager. He was doing all the inside operations, including hands-on restoration and framing. He then left and set up a competitor company, Shar-Sisto, in 1948. In 1956, the principals that were left at Lowy asked my dad if he would be interested in a merger, and he agreed.
I got involved at my father’s side as a young man, going in on weekends and holidays when it was Shar-Sisto, and then I came onboard full-time in 1970 after graduation from college. At that point, we started buying out the Lowy principals, and the firm became ours, my dad’s and mine….