With more than 20 years in the business, we’ve been part of many heartwarming stories where art finds its forever home. But we’ve also seen instances where art pieces sustain damage during transportation, sometimes irreparably. It’s disheartening for any art owner, but it’s also avoidable. Let’s delve into the essentials of how to handle and move your artwork safely.
Know What You’re Dealing With
Before you move any art piece, it’s essential to understand its fragility and value. The material, age, and condition of the artwork are factors that dictate the degree of care required. If you’re not certain, consult an expert. Knowledge is the first step toward protection.
Supplies are Your Best Friends
The right supplies can make all the difference when moving art. Acid-free tissue paper, bubble wrap, and high-quality packing tape should be your go-to materials. For paintings and framed pieces, consider using corner protectors. Always opt for quality; this is not the time to skimp on supplies.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Customized packing solutions work best for art. For instance, if you’re dealing with an oil painting, it may require a climate-controlled box. Sculptures might need a wooden crate with cushioning to absorb shocks during transport. Tailor the packing to the specific needs of your art piece.
Master the Technique
Hold framed art by the sides and never by the top of the frame or the wire. For sculptures, understand the center of gravity and make sure to lift from the strongest point, not just any protruding edge. Always keep the art upright; laying an artwork flat can put undue stress on the frame or canvas.
Enlist Professional Help
Moving art isn’t a one-person job. Even if you’ve got the knowledge and the supplies, you’ll often need additional hands to help with the heavy lifting. If your art is particularly valuable or complex, consider hiring professional art movers who are trained to handle such pieces.
Documentation is Key
Before moving, take high-quality photos of your artwork from various angles. This serves two purposes: one, it provides you with a record of the art’s condition before the move; two, it can serve as proof should any damage occur, helping in insurance claims or restorations.
Insure Before You Move
Speaking of insurance, ensure that your artwork is adequately covered during the move. Check your current policy or get short-term coverage specifically for the move. An accurate valuation, like the ones we offer, can be incredibly helpful in determining the right amount of coverage.
At Manzi Appraisers & Restoration, we understand the priceless value behind each work of art. Our team of professionals has a wealth of experience in accurate valuations, personal property appraisals, and consultation services for fine art, furnishings, and decorative objects. Let us be your guiding light in the complex world of art handling and valuation. We are locally owned, operated, and proudly serving New England from our Boston office.
For more information, reach out to us at 617-948-2577 or visit us on Facebook: Manzi Appraisers & Restoration.
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