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In the Frame: Art Storage and What to Look For

In the Frame: Art Storage and What to Look For

Storing valuable works of art off-site can be an experience fraught with worry. But using the best art storage facilities will put your mind at rest.

What we see on display at museums and art galleries is really just the tip of the exhibition iceberg. It’s a fraction of what’s owned or loaned, because there’s just far too much to hang at any one time. Like with anything else, space is at a premium, and rotation and art storage is what keeps it all going.

It’s the same for any successful artist or collector with a growing number of works in their collection or investment portfolio. The sheer size of some paintings makes it impossible to display them in modern homes — unless you invest heavily in a drafty old castle somewhere with enough wall-space that it could be a gallery in its own right (now, there’s a thought).

Luckily, we don’t have to go to such costly extremes when considering what to do with all the artwork we either own or manage. Today there exist numerous choices — art storage places where you can pay to keep your precious works safe and secure. But not all art storage facilities are created equal, and to ensure your artworks are fully protected at all times, you need to know exactly what to look for.

The Essential Art Storage Basics

With professional art storage for priceless paintings, antiques and other works of art, the “Three Ps” are a vital part of any solid solution. That’s Premises, People and Protection. Let’s start with the first:

Perfect Premises

We all know that artworks are delicate creatures, subject to all kinds of seemingly innocuous ravages that could cut them in two and leave them in shreds (and therefore worthless). So you can’t just store them in any old warehouse and hope for the best. Art storage facilities like ours near Heathrow Airport and the Eurotunnel — making for easy art transportation for exhibitions in Europe and further afield — are specially designed with fine art in mind.

This means that the temperature is controlled so that paint and other brittle materials are not subjected to cold or heat that could make them crack and flake. Next, storage space must be flexible so it can accept all kinds of shapes and sizes of paintings and antique items. And you don’t just drop it off and forget about it — art storage such as ours comes with peace of mind benefits, including regular photographic updates and dedicated space for viewing your works.

Professional People

You cannot expect unskilled workers with little or no knowledge about handling art to properly care for major works. That is why we have invested in a highly professional art storage team that’s made up of specialists who know exactly what they’re doing.

They make sure art — everything from fine art paintings to sculptures, and all manner of antiques and pottery — is expertly looked after from the moment it arrives at the Momentous art storage facility. They will constantly monitor the temperature and each individual work of art so that they remain in pristine condition.

Particular Protection

Works of art are valuable, and will always attract the attention of professional art thieves. It’s an unfortunate fact of life in the art world that thefts do happen, and regularly, whether art is in transit to an exhibition or in storage. The most sophisticated security measures are required in art storage facilities to thwart these thefts.

Momentous, for example, has various layers of security so that artworks are fully protected. While we’re not going to disclose our security measures, as that could be advantageous to art thieves who are on the lookout for new opportunities and possibly reading blogs such as this, we can say that we employ an array of high-tech security technology. This includes everything from CCTV to intruder alarms, security fencing, anti-theft systems and more.

The Three Ps are everything you need for the ultimate in fine art storage.

To learn more about the best art storage facilities for fine art in the UK, contact Momentous now. Our friendly and professional staff are available to discuss individual requirements, so that your artworks are properly looked after and are entirely secure.



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Fine Art Movers: Keeping the Show on the Road

What do you need in great fine art movers? Vast expertise and a laser-like attention to detail are essential.

Before the world’s most expensive painting was auctioned in New York in November, it embarked on a global tour so people could get a first-hand look at the last Leonardo Da Vinci painting in private hands.

Around 20,000 people turned up in London, Hong Kong, San Francisco and New York to gaze at the Renaissance master’s haunting rendition of Christ as Saviour of the World (Salvator Mundi) ahead of its record-breaking auction in New York, where it went for $450 million (£342 million).

For fine art movers, transporting a priceless, 500-year-old work of art around the globe was sure to have been an exercise in extreme caution. But auction house Christie’s, which was selling the painting, was determined that the public should get a glimpse of the piece. “The experience of setting eyes on a work described as the ‘Divine Mona Lisa’ — one of fewer than 20 paintings acknowledged as being from the renaissance master’s hand — is one that has moved people in many different ways, with those experiences being shared myriad times via social media,” the company said.

Fine Art Movers and Cutting the Risks

The risks of shipping valuable items of fine art are not just that they may be damaged, or even destroyed, along the way. There is always the possibility that painting and other kinds of fine art can be stolen in transit, or at a fine art storage facility, and never be seen again. It’s all too common and professional thieves are always on the lookout for their next opportunity, keeping their ear to the ground so they know when expensive artworks are being moved.

After all, one of the world’s most famous paintings was stolen — another work by Da Vinci: the Mona Lisa. It’s arguable that such was the media storm surrounding the heist, which occurred in 1911, that it elevated the great work to even more dizzying heights, in the process creating a legendary artwork that has achieved celebrity status.

Then, as in the case of the Salvator Mundi and other high-priced artworks sold at auction, there’s the whole process of shipping artworks to their new owners, wherever they happen to be in the world. It’s not known who purchased the Da Vinci — all others, just over a dozen, are in museums and art galleries — but certainly they would want their lofty new purchase to arrive in one piece.

Professional Fine Art Movers: The Only Choice

So whether you’re an art gallery, museum or antiques house owner, director or manager and you’re looking for fine art movers to get your next show on the road, professionalism and experience are key. You will not want your precious paintings and other valuable works handled by people at every stage of the process — from packing to dispatching — who have little knowledge or expertise in what they’re doing.

Here at Momentous, we pride ourselves on our vast experience in moving works of art big and small, around the UK and wider Europe and right around the world. We plan out everything in detail, so that the risks are minimised. Our highly trained art technicians and specialist art transport vehicles can move anything from just one work to an entire exhibition amounting to dozens of paintings, sculptures and everything else.

And if shipping art by air instead of sea is your choice, that’s not a problem. We are able to provide our very own flight courier who will travel with the works and provide the kind of high-level personal care and attention you and your works deserve. Moving invaluable artwork is always a Momentous decision, so make sure you make the right choice.

Discover more about the best in fine art shipping by contacting the global experts at Momentous today. Our expert fine art movers can tell you all about our facilities, procedures and security that will protect your fine art while in transit or storage.