All About Relocating Fine Art Collectibles

Posted by on Nov 6 | 2017

Your fine art collectibles will undoubtedly require extra attention and care to ensure that they arrive safely. After all, you have likely spent years amassing your collection – and these pieces are not easily replaceable (if they are at all).

Relocating Fine Art Collectibles

You shouldn’t take the risk of moving your fine art collection yourself. To protect extra delicate or vulnerable collectibles, hire a professional moving company that offers specialized moving services for fine art. Professional moving companies use specific packing, crating and handling techniques to ensure that your art arrives safely.

1. Consult a Packaging Service Regarding Packing Materials

Moving a fine art collection does take extra time and effort. But by consulting knowledgeable experts from the very beginning, you can not only ensure that you are getting the most reliable information but also that you’re not wasting time in the process.

The first step in moving your fine art collectibles should be to consult a packaging service (or an art conservator) as to what packing materials they recommend for items in your collection – especially for your most valuable items. When it comes to your fine art collectibles, careful attention needs to be given to the choice of packing materials. For example, packaging material that contains acid may alter your art.

See below for information on how popular art pieces are relocated:

  • Packing Sculptures

    With the help of a professional relocation company, sculptures are wrapped in bubble wrap and then sealed with packing tape. These are typically packed by wrapping the top and bottom half twice, followed by the middle of the sculpture where the two halves meet. If the sculpture is large enough, it is typically taken apart prior to moving.

    Sculptures do best in foam-padded crates instead of boxes, especially for larger sculptures. Museum-quality crates, for example, will not only have padding and cushioning but also built-in frameworks. The crate or box is often a few inches bigger than the sculpture or statue itself (this will allow room for packing peanuts).

  • Packing Paintings or Prints

    Art prints are wrapped in acid-free glassine paper first – followed by bubble wrap or brown paper. The paintings are then be secured with packing tape. The edges are also secured with masking tape to avoid damage.

    Every piece in your collection will be approached differently. Some pieces, for example, could get smeared. Others will have unusual shapes. In general, double and triple-walled cartons, stretch and cushioning wrap, fine tissue and kraft paper are typically used when packing delicate items.

2. Separate Particularly Fragile Pieces

Examine your collection for particularly fragile pieces. Do you have a sculpture with a very delicate arm? A professional mover will pack the items in your collection that are already in good enough condition. If you have any valuables that are very fragile, you should consider getting them repaired first (if necessary).

3. Lining The Box/Crate

Once the items are wrapped in the appropriate packing materials, the box or crate is lined with either insulation paper or bubble wrap. Any of these items serve to create a moisture barrier so that your pieces are not affected by temperature and humidity changes during the move.

4. Transportation

Transportation is the riskiest part of moving. A professional moving company can minimize any damage by ensuring that all of your items are packed so that they won’t move around.

Armstrong Moving is a premier, professional moving company that will take care of all aspects of your move with flawless execution. We offer specialized moving services, including fine art moving services. Contact us today for more information.



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