Current estimates are up to $1 billion in appraised value of insured art that will be packed into containers and sent off to various locations all over the world every year. These pieces of fine art are, without fail, fragile and easily damaged, and even the slightest damage to a piece of art can severely impact its value.
Damage to Artwork
When someone ships a valuable piece of artwork and it arrives damaged, this is heartbreaking to both the shipper and receiver, not only in financial terms, but as a loss of a piece of art to the world. Transporting these paintings, sculptures and other forms of art requires special care and consideration to protect against damage. It doesn’t matter if the artwork is a valuable Picasso or a painting from an up-and-coming local artist—all art deserves protection from damage.
Protection During Shipping
There are certain considerations that have to be taken into account when protecting artwork against the elements during shipping.
- Abrasion: Paintings, especially, have to be protected against abrasion and friction with shipping crates using acid-free tissue, polyethylene foam, or simple bubble wrap are ideal materials for defense against abrasion.
- Moisture: Moisture is the arch enemy of fine art, whether it’s ceramics, pottery, wood, or painting. Oil paintings, in particular, are vulnerable to pigment shifts from moisture that can change the entire appearance of the painting. Be sure to use materials that provide a barrier against moisture as the first line of defense.
- Impact: Securing and bracing the art against a stable base to protect from shock and bouncing around is vital to ensuring that it will reach its destination intact. Make sure that you use a cradle or exceptionally strong crate with handles and skids for strong transport. Adding an additional crate inside the main crate will provide an additional layer of protection, and be sure to use recessed fasteners and closures to avoid breakage during shipping.
- Theft and Damage: Insurance is vital to transporting valuable art. If your art is damaged, lost, or stolen while in transit, the proper insurance will make sure that you are at least compensated for your loss. Insurance premiums will be based on an assessment of the art’s value as well as any risk associated with the shipping company, so be sure that the shipper is experienced and reputable before agreeing to the deal.
Qualified Shipping Services
Be sure to select a shipping service that is reputable, experienced and qualified when transporting and packaging fine art. This will help to minimize accidents and ensure that your valuable and fragile artwork will reach its destination safe, secure, and undamaged.
The proper use of packing equipment and well-designed crating materials is vital to the shipping process. If you are thinking of transporting valuable artwork, whether it’s a carving, sculpture, drawing, painting or other form of fine art, give us a call. We have the perfect shipping and crating materials for any kind of package you need to ship.