Mastering the Art of Art Handling: Your Guide to Safe and Secure Transportation

Art handling is a critical aspect of art transportation, and it requires experience, expertise, and a specific set of skills to get it right. Whether you are moving art from one gallery to another, shipping it to a client, or relocating it to a new home or storage facility, proper handling is essential to ensure its safety and security.

At Manzi Appraisers and Restoration, we understand the importance of art handling and have developed a comprehensive guide to help you transport your artwork safely and securely.


The first step in art handling is proper packing. The right packing materials are crucial to protecting the artwork during transportation. Depending on the type of artwork, the size, and its fragility, different materials may be required.

For delicate artworks such as paintings, sculptures, or antiques, we recommend using custom-built crates. These are made specifically for the artwork, with materials such as foam, bubble wrap, or other cushioning materials to absorb any shocks that may occur during transportation.

For smaller artworks or items that are less delicate, padded envelopes or shipping tubes may be sufficient. However, it is important to ensure that the artwork is secure and cannot move around during transportation.


Once the artwork is packed securely, the next step is transportation. At Manzi Appraisers and Restoration, we offer a variety of transportation options to fit your specific needs. Our team of experienced art handlers will work with you to select the best mode of transportation, whether it be by air, land, or sea.

When transporting artwork, it is crucial to ensure that the artwork is not subjected to extreme temperatures, humidity, or other adverse conditions. It is important to choose a transportation company that specializes in art handling and has experience with the unique challenges of transporting art.


When the artwork arrives at its destination, the next step is unpacking. This is a delicate process that requires care and attention to detail. The unpacking process is the reverse of the packing process, and it is important to take the same care when removing the artwork from its packaging.

The artwork should be carefully removed from its packaging, and any protective coverings or foam padding should be removed slowly and gently to avoid damaging the artwork. It is important to ensure that the artwork is placed in its final location safely and securely.

Choose Manzi Appraisers and Restoration for All Your Art Handling Needs

At Manzi Appraisers and Restoration, we understand the value and significance of artwork, and we are committed to providing safe and secure art handling services to our clients. Our experienced art handlers use the latest techniques and materials to ensure that your artwork is transported with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Whether you are moving a single painting or an entire collection, we have the expertise and experience to handle your artwork safely and securely. Contact us today to learn more about our art handling services and how we can help you transport your artwork with confidence.