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FINE ARTS STORAGE


GETTING YOUR ART SAFELY INTO STORAGE
For both institutions and private collectors, care and storage of artwork has to be handled by professionals, who are bonded against damages and are used to dealing with objects of value. Custom crating will almost certainly be required to move the artwork safely, with padding and packing materials that are suited to the piece. Anything remaining wrapped should have been done so with archival materials, that prevent damage from leached chemicals over time. It also protects against damage from lighting.

Ask if your art moving company will provide climate-controlled, air vans and whether they anchor the crates into the truck to avoid any slippage. Ask for a specialized moving staff, trained in handling art.

STORAGE CONSIDERATIONS
Ensure your storage facilities are highly secure and protected against both fire and water damage. Climate control is critical, so check the facility’s stipulation for controlling temperature, moisture, and dust. Know every detail about the space where your artwork is being stored.

Many art institutions encountered problems with being underinsured or placing their collections in cheaper warehouses. These facilities are often located in low areas, near water, and face a high risk of flooding. You should visit the storage facility before making your decision.

INSURANCE
Get a professional appraisal from an expert, like http://www.chicagoappraisers.com/fine-art-insurance-appraisals.html, before insuring your artwork. Ask your storage facility about extra security precautions they offer and additional insurance options they would recommend. It might pay to inquire about insurance from outside agencies, such as http://www.axa-art.com/content.asp?IDAREA=3&TIPO=A. Remember to keep backup documentation about provenance and photographic records in a separate place, apart from your storage facility.

HIGH SECURITY
Truly priceless artworks may need to be stored in a climate-controlled vault.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
In the event that you are importing/exporting antiques or fine art overseas, we can assist you with all your shipping and transportation needs. We work with you to ensure such shipments comply with worldwide customs regulations.