Paul Norman - Momentous

Momentous Fine Art announce the appointment of Paul Norman as General Manager

Momentous Fine Art announce the appointment of Paul Norman as General Manager9 April 2018 London UK: Momentous, the specialist fine art logistics company, is proud to announce the appointment of Paul Norman as General Manager.

Paul has over 12 years’ experience in fine art logistics, having worked in some of the industry’s leading providers. Prior to joining Momentous, Paul held the position of General Manager at The British Shop where he developed their fine art shipping business and took a leading role in building their international operations.

At Momentous, Paul will focus on the development of the company’s fine art, storage, shipping and installation business to support its private and corporate client base.

Paul says “It is a fantastic opportunity to join Momentous.  Over the years I have seen the company grow in popularity with collectors, dealers, designers and museums.  My plans are ambitious, and I am looking forward to building on the existing Momentous business capabilities to make it a first choice when it comes to selecting a specialist fine art shipping and installations company.

Momentous was established in London during the 1970s as an independent fine art shipping company under the trademark – B.B.F Shipping. Today, it is owned by the AGM Group, a privately-owned business which is investing in the company’s systems, operational best practice, technology and people.

Paul Evans, Chairman of the AGM Group said “We have a robust long-term investment plan for Momentous. Paul Norman’s appointment is part of our talent strategy to employ the best people within the fine art business.  He has a clear vision, a terrific passion for art and the range of operational expertise necessary for the role. He understands what our customers are looking for which will drive innovation in our services and create value for our customers.  I feel that he will be a strong leader for Momentous.

Paul Norman’s appointment is effective immediately. If you have a fine art project you wish to discuss with him, please contact:


Paul Norman

General Manager Momentous Fine Art

T: + 44 20 3780 4545

M: +44 7738 27 84 41

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5 Best Shows of 2018: Top Picks from Interior Designer Service Experts

From sustainable living to future trendsetters, our interior design service experts have compiled a list of the most anticipated interior design shows coming to London this year.

The city of London will host a variety of trade shows in 2018, yet none grab our attention more than those relating to interior design. With major brands and huge industry names flocking from around the world to showcase their latest and greatest achievements, there are some truly unmissable events taking place this year. Our interior designer service experts reveal the five events we believe nobody should miss:


Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre

February 6 to February 9.

Described as “the UK’s most dynamic design show”, the Business Design Centre will host the Surface Design Show in February, 2018. Featuring 170 exhibitors and 45 presentations, the three-day event offers entrants a unique insight into the world of surface design. Installations of the show will explore all aspects of surface design, from building exteriors and interiors to furniture and homeware. Special events of the show include an opening-night debate, PechaKucha presentations and the Surface Design Awards ceremony of 2018.


Ecobuild, ExCeL London

March 6 to March 8.

The world’s biggest event for sustainable design and construction, EcoBuild arrives at the ExCeL London early this year. Attended by world-leading manufacturers, the show houses eight unique districts, each covering a specific variant of environmentally-friendly construction or design. Our interior designer service experts recommend visiting the districts of Timber, Concrete and FutureBuild for new-age furnishing inspiration. The event includes over 450 exhibitions, showcasing industry-leading innovations and technology, with well-known attendees such as Oliver Heath (Architectural and Interior Designer) Kirsten Henson (Sustainability Consultant) and Jonathan Hines (Managing Director of Architype) all taking part in talks.


The Ideal Home Show, Olympia London

March 17 to April 2.

The award-winning Ideal Home Show comes to the Olympia exhibition centre in London this March. A showcase of everything from kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms to fixtures, fittings and furnishings, the show attracts more than 31,000 visitors each year. An event specifically tailored to inspire home design, the Ideal Home Show is a must-see for all members of the interior design community. With 300 exhibitors, and previous celebrity guests such as Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Julia Kendell, the show promises to take a deep-dive into innovative ideas and brand new concepts.


Pulse, Olympia London

May 13 to May 15.

With the official tagline “Where Trends Are Born”, boutique trade event Pulse will see the Olympia in London transformed into an impressive exhibition of contemporary style. Known for its forward-thinking take on fashion and modern living, the event houses 200 exhibits from both world-renowned brands and undiscovered talent. Featuring an intriguing marriage of modern design and up-and-coming concepts, the show is an unrivalled opportunity for interior designer services and personal enthusiasts alike to experience both the latest trends and future design movements.


Top Drawer, Olympia London

September 9 to September 11.

An unmissable event for interior designers and the Olympia’s third appearance on this list, Top Drawer comes to London in the autumn of 2018. The UK’s leading retail event for creatives and lifestyle buyers, the show includes displays from a breathtaking 1,500 brands and top international sellers. Inclusive of everything from classical concepts, to modern takes on fashion and homeware, the exhibition is a comprehensive platform that explores all areas of design.


To find out more about Momentous, the international fine art storage professionals, get in touch with us today to request a free fine art shipping quote. Momentous offers a variety of solutions, from interior designer services and bespoke case making, to fine art packing and exhibitions and tour logistics. Our team are always ready and eager to answer your questions.

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Fine Art Movers Discuss: Top 5 Art Exhibitions of 2018

Local fine art movers and London exhibition enthusiasts cover the unmissable art installations of 2018.

This year, London’s top museums promise an incredible season of exhibitions, led by blockbuster artists such as Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet and Sir Francis Bacon. Based on their years of experience in the world of art, our fine art movers have carefully selected the top five London museum exhibitions to visit in 2018.

Be sure to share your own personal favourites with Momentous on Twitter and let us know in the comments if we missed any of your top choices.

1. Charles I: King and Collector

January 27 – April 15.

Charles I was a noted fine art collector until his execution in 1649, collecting 2,000 pieces of art. Following his death, his beloved collection was sold around Europe by Cromwell. During the Restoration, Charles II unsuccessfully attempted to reassemble the collection by retrieving the sold works. Many of the pieces that were once part of the collection now reside within the permanent collections of European museums, including the Prado and the Louvre.

This year, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Collection have reunited a vast array of the former King’s greatest masterpieces for the first time in 350 years, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck (La Roi a la Chasse) and Titian. This exhibition will include over 100 works of art, spanning an era that is spread across both the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.


2. All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

February 28 – August 27.

Tate Britain refers to this exhibition as a “reminder of some of the best painters of human life, from big names like Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon to rarer works from Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego”.

The All Too Human exhibition will interestingly feature Sir Francis Bacon’s large-scale portrait of Lucian Freud — a work that has been in private hands and not exhibited for over 50 years. A particular favourite of our fine art movers, this striking six-foot portrait depicts Freud bare-chested and curled up in the corner of a dark room. Although Bacon and Freud were viewed by many as rivals, they were actually inseparable friends, as shown through the series of portraits each artist made of the other.

The exhibition will also show a portrait of Bacon’s lover, Peter Lacy. This work was completed in 1962, the year of Lacy’s death, and has never been shown publicly in the UK.


3. Michael Jackson: On the wall

June 28 – October 21.

Dedicated to the late singer Michael Jackson, the summer of 2018 will see the National Portrait Gallery host an exhibition exploring the King of Pop’s influence on contemporary artwork.

A vibrant and exciting portal into the ever-evolving art scene, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will feature work inspired by the singer from over 40 artists, sourced from both public and private collections. Including the likes of Andy Warhol and pieces created specifically for this display, the exhibition is a striking portrayal of the impact popular culture can have on modern art movements.    


4. Monet & Architecture

April 9 – July 29.

The National Gallery will be showcasing the enchanting architectural paintings of Claude Monet — the first solo exhibition for the artist in London during the last 20 years. The exhibition will span Monet’s entire career and feature his world-famous cityscapes of Paris, London and Venice.

The Monet & Architecture collection will be subdivided into three sections, each presenting a unique take on the artists’ work through the display of a rich diversity of buildings and architectural design. These sections consist of ‘The Village and the Picturesque’, ‘The City and the Modern’ and ‘The Monument and the Mysterious.


5. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

June 16 – November 4.

Perhaps the most intriguing exhibition of the year is Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self up at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

For 50 years following her death, her possessions were kept secret by her husband Diego Rivera and only unearthed in 2004. The museum will be showcasing Kahlo’s personal collection for the very first time in the UK. This exhibition will also mark the first time it is shown publicly outside of Mexico. It is an opportunity our London-based fine art movers recommend you do not miss.

These remarkable installations and exhibitions are some of the most hotly anticipated of 2018. If you have your own exhibition coming up, you deserve a fine art shipping service that will treat your masterpieces as if they were Monet’s. To find out how our exhibition logistics experts can help you, get in touch with Momentous today.

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Salvator Mundi: On Show and in Fine Art Storage in the Middle East

The public will get to view the world’s most expensive painting in Abu Dhabi, where it will be on display and in fine art storage.

A 500-year-old work believed to be by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci is bound for the Middle East after a mystery buyer paid $450 million for what is now the world’s most expensive painting.

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is reported to have purchased Salvator Mundi at a Christie’s auction in New York last month, at which frantic bidding for the painting depicting Christ as saviour of the world broke out. It will be put on display at the £1 billion Louvre Abu Dhabi, the result of a 30-year agreement between the wealthy United Arab Emirates capital and the French government, which was only inaugurated in November.

“Christie’s can confirm that the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is acquiring Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci,” the British auction house said. “We are delighted to see that this remarkable painting will be available for public view at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.” It has emerged that bin Salman was authorised to make the enormous purchase, by telephone, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government.

The Salvator Mundi

Making an Artworld Splash

The Louvre Abu Dhabi describes itself as “a new cultural beacon” and a “universal museum in the Arab World”. This, it says, “means focusing on what unites us: the stories of human creativity that transcend individual cultures or civilisations, times or places”. It’s almost certain that the lofty goals of this ambitious new and glittering space that has its own island and is surrounded by water wanted to make an impact on the world as it opened its doors to the public. Abu Dhabi definitely has the resources to do just that, attracting people from all over the world.

Salvator Mundi had for years been kept in private hands and what we see today was obscured by layers of paint, dirt and grime. After it was restored to its original glory and put up for auction, the work had a pre-sale estimate of around $100 million. It turns out that even though Abu Dhabi handed over the incredible sum of $450 million for Salvator Mundi, the authorities had been happy to go even higher.

An official letter thanked the prince for “agreeing to bid as undisclosed agent for and on behalf of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi for the artwork” — and to “bid up to a hammer price” of $500 million”. The dome-shaped Louvre Abu Dhabi will, of course, have been all too aware that another world-famous painting by da Vinci, the Mona Lisa, resides as its counterpart: the Louvre in Paris.

A Global Display and Fine Art Storage Journey

For its five-century age, Salvator Mundi gets about. Prior to landing on the auction block in New York, Christie’s decided to let the world have a glimpse of this long-lost masterpiece. It packed the ethereal painting up and sent it off on a global tour of world capitals, with some highly secure fine art storage along the way. People in London, Hong Kong and San Francisco got to gaze at the painting — 20,000 of them in all, with long queues stretching around city corners.

This all demonstrates the enduring legacy and fascination with the Italian painter and all-round genius whose interests encompassed everything from inventions to astronomy, anatomy and much more. In a way and despite the gargantuan price tag, it’s fitting that Salvator Mundi has ended up out of fine art storage and onto the walls of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. After all, it’s been dubbed the “Divine Mona Lisa”.

We’re certainly looking forward to seeing Salvator Mundi up close, and if you’re planning a visit to Abu Dhabi, or even there for a stopover, make sure you don’t miss this big artworld hit.

Discover the world of fine art storage from the professionals at Momentous by contacting us today. You’ll discover why we are the Renaissance masters at what we do — providing the ultimate in secure fine art storage for all kinds of precious works.

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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 are 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:

1. 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.

2. 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 — are 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.

3. 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 antique 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.

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Exhibition Logistics: It’s a Fine Art

Many potential perils await art on the move. Mitigating them depends on who’s in charge of the exhibition logistics.

For any art gallery or museum organising an exhibition of their permanent or temporary collections around the country or even the world, the entire process can often be fraught with worry. Getting precious works from A to B and onwards to C is not, after all, just about transportation and storage. What if, for example, the ship your works are on sinks?

At Momentous, UK leaders in art shipping, we know there are several pressing concerns when museums and fine art galleries are involved in exhibition logistics. If not handled correctly, there is the real risk of catastrophic damage to priceless paintings, sculptures and other works of art. It is those high values that also snare the attention of top-level thieves who know when something valuable is on the move and are all too willing to swoop in and steal.

Exhibition logistics really is a fine art, given the size, dimensions and sheer weight of many works of art. Just how, many art gallery managers might puzzle, are you going to ship those enormous, wall-sized Jackson Pollocks from London to Malaga and then continue the worldwide tour in New York — and get them there on time and in one piece? It’s a definite challenge, but the good exhibition logistics news is there are seasoned pros on hand to help.

Exhibition Logistics: All in the Planning

When choosing a company like ours to handle exhibition logistics, it’s essential to carry out proper checks beforehand. What sort of facilities, transportation, and storage do they have? Is the company accredited with leading quality management and removal standards? And are the staff who will be physically moving the works fully trained, experienced experts in their field?

Then it’s all about intricate planning and a laser-like focus on every detail. The best exhibition logistics firms will devise a comprehensive plan that covers every stage of transporting works of fine art from one place to another. It removes the stress and worries from the art gallery and museum managers. This is why it’s vital to go with the exhibition logistics pros — works are protected, as well as peace of mind.

After all, it doesn’t matter how much sophisticated security is in place at an art gallery or museum, or how many security professionals and firms are working to keep them out of the hands of robbers. Once works are in transit, all of those vital levels of security go out the window and there are threats around every corner. It’s certainly a possibility that you may wave goodbye to your renowned paintings, hoping to see them soon at the other end of their journey — only for them to vanish and never be seen again.

Staging a Momentous Exhibition

Our seasoned exhibition logistics professionals work to ensure nothing goes awry at every stage of the project. This begins with ensuring the casing and packaging for precious works of art is a suitable fit, with bespoke packing often required due to works’ unusual shapes and sizes. To guarantee paintings and objects of art will survive what can be a long and arduous journey — by road, air or sea — it’s critical their packing is fully customised so they are not damaged.

While on the road, it may be required that works are stored for a period, and we have specialist, highly secure facilities here in the UK and right around the world.

Once we reach an exhibition destination, we are all set to start unpacking and installing the works of art. It’s not a case of dropping them off and leaving, but full-service exhibition logistics. That includes expert unpacking and getting works ready for the momentous exhibition to open to a whole new audience of art lovers.

Find out more about the best exhibition logistics for your next exhibit by contacting the experts at Momentous today. We’ll discuss every aspect of your plans, free of charge and with no obligation to you.

Air and Sea Freight

Plane or Sailing: What’s Best for Fine Art Transport?

With fine art transport, you need to weigh up the options of getting your valuable works from one place to another.

When you want to move fine art, whether just one piece or many items for an exhibition, you have to consider how to get it there. A number of factors will dictate what method of transportation art gallery and museum managers opt for, including time and costs. But the most important is total security, so the valuable works survive the trip and arrive intact.

There are, of course, many risks with fine art transport, meaning you cannot just leave the task to any shipping or transport firm. Insurance requirements will usually call for specialist fine art transport; experts who have many years’ experience handling and transporting priceless works of art without a problem. Trying to cut costs by using a general shipping firm may well result in disaster.

The absolute worst thing that can happen during the transportation of your fine art is that the works of art are not just damaged (it may be possible to repair them, after all), but that they are stolen en route to their destination. This is a very real prospect and one that unfortunately has occurred many times in recent years. The works will most likely disappear into private hands, having been sold off via black-market contacts.

High-Flying Fine Art Transport

Many owners and directors of art galleries and museums turn to aircraft for their fine art transport needs. It’s fast but can be costly, and it’s not always accommodating to particular art transport requirements. Large paintings may not fit in the cargo holds of the type of small passenger planes used on short-haul flights around Europe, for example.

Fine art transport specialists, like us here at Momentous, talk to their clients about the works they want to ship and come up with the best solutions. If it’s possible to transport artworks by air, getting them to their location as swiftly as possible and reducing the security risks, a fine art logistics team will work out the most effective way to do it.

We always make sure that when fine art is being transported by air, either around the UK, to wider Europe or anywhere in the world, that it does not travel alone. We have a specialised flight courier who accompanies works on their journey, ensuring they reach their destination and are properly unpacked and ready to be displayed at the exhibition.

All at Sea with Fine Art Transport

If time is not an issue, it may be best to consider sea transport to move fine art from one location to another. Plus, it’s ideal for large works of art that cannot be transported by air. Indeed, planning fine art transport far in advance of an exhibition will give you the option of using sea transport anyway. If it’s an entire exhibition involving large volumes of art, it may, in fact, be the only viable way.

Getting to the seaport or airport must also be considered. Our vehicles, for instance, are specially configured to protect your fine art during transport. They’re climate-controlled to provide the perfect environment for even the most delicate works, and have insulated bodies and air-ride suspension — so even the deepest potholes will not disturb the precious cargo inside.

Plus, our drivers are specially trained in the transportation of fine art and the vehicles are equipped with GPS tracking, so we know where they are at all times, as well as CCTV and alarm systems. It’s all any gallery or museum manager needs to transport their art anywhere, on schedule and in one piece.

Air or sea — which is best for your fine art transport requirements? Talk to the experts at Momentous and get the right solution for your valuable works of art. You’ll find out why we are the leaders in fine art transport and the choice of leading art galleries and museums everywhere.

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Fine Art Shipping: The Golden Rules

Moving valuable works around the UK or further afield is a delicate and risky operation that requires fine art shipping experts.

By air, sea or road — the choice is yours when you want to get your precious works of art and other valuable items from one place to another. Thankfully today, the best fine art shipping companies have ways of getting them there, quickly, securely and in one piece.

Here at Momentous, we have more than 30 years of experience in fine art shipping and have developed our own, expert solutions to moving all kind of valuable items. In the process, we have developed a reputation among art galleries, auction houses, private collectors, interior designers and others as a leader in our field. We know how to handle any work of fine art and make sure it arrives intact at its destination.

If you’re a seasoned gallery or auction house owner with lots of experience moving works around the place — quite possibly with some nightmare fine art shipping stories to tell — or considering transporting art for the first time, consider our golden rules of doing it properly.

◘ Rule No. 1: People Power

Before you do anything, find out what experience the fine art shipping company actually has, and what their handling staff is like. This is a fine, white glove service that requires training, experience and high levels of professionalism; you don’t want just anyone packing up your exquisite paintings and trying to load them in a truck. Plus, how well are they able to work out the kind of intricate logistics you need to move your items?

So, ask what kind of training and experience staff have and see what international audit bodies the fine art shipping company has. Here at Momentous, we have FIDI-FAIM certification, for instance, and undergo on-site quality assessments by Ernst & Young. We’re also part of the extensive Harmony Relocation Network.

◘ Rule No. 2: Perfect Fine Art Shipping Packing

The best fine art shipping companies use only superior packing materials to ensure your treasured works are cocooned against the elements and any shocks that could prove disastrous. Because no two works of art or other valuable items are the same — at least in size — specialist skills are required to carefully assess what’s needed to protect each one while on the road, in the air or being transported by sea.

Whichever method of transport, secure cases tailored to each item are essential so that nothing happens to them along the way. Just wrapping something up in bubble wrap and hoping for the best can have disastrous consequences, leaving you way out of pocket if your expensive work or object is damaged.

◘ Rule No. 3: Strict Fine Art Shipping Security

Tales are everywhere of valuable works of art going missing in transit. Some years ago, a Goya worth around £530,000 was stolen while being transported to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Lesser known artists have also had their works pinched while on the road.

So there’s no denying that fine art shipping can often be a risky business, and you need the most secure transport facilities available. Momentous has invested in CCTV, GPS tracking and alarm systems for its road transport services, giving gallery owners, auction houses and collectors ultimate peace of mind. Having fine art transportation insurance will also protect you from any eventuality.

Find out more about fine art shipping from the most professional firm operating in the UK today. Contact Momentous now and our team of friendly experts will be happy to answer all your questions and devise custom shipping solutions if required.

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Why Secure Storage Is Essential When Shipping Artwork

Great works of art have many prying eyes, some nefarious and keen to steal. Keeping thieves away requires intensely secure storage.

It’s no secret that professional thieves love fine works of art. They’re relatively easy to make off with and, with the right contacts, they can soon get them onto the black market and make a fortune. The only real difficulty is getting their hands on them in the first place.

This is a worry that crosses the mind of many a fine art gallery and collector. As many paintings have been swiped while in transit or apparently secure storage, fears are raised once the priceless works are out of a gallery’s or private residence’s own secure environment. What’s of particular concern is that many stolen paintings are never recovered; they just seem to disappear into the ether, never to be seen again.

Consider one of the most notorious art heists in history: that of Dutch chiaroscuro master Vermeer’s The Concert. This is — or rather was — a priceless masterpiece that nevertheless had a value of around US$200 million and depicts a man and two women playing music and singing. First sold in Amsterdam in 1696, it was stolen along with 12 other works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990 and hasn’t been seen since.

The Shipping Artwork Forecast

While that museum theft remains the biggest single art robbery in history and an unsolved crime (a $10 million reward for information remains in place), thankfully, other swiped works have resurfaced. A de Kooning (Woman-Ochre) recently emerged from the murky underworld shadows more than 30 years after it was nicked.

One thing, however, is clear. Thieves will strike anywhere they get the opportunity, even if art galleries have the latest in security and surveillance measures. There is, it turns out, always a way in. That’s why here at Momentous, global specialists in shipping artwork and secure storage, we have carefully analysed the best preventative measures and implemented them.

We know all too well how stressful it can be for art gallery owners and private collectors when their precious works are out of their hands. Whether they are shipping artwork to international exhibitions and the works are on the road for long periods, or housed for a period in secure storage, extra precautions are required.

Solid Secure Storage

Safety and security are two vital elements of any secure storage area, so you know that from the start, fine art will be handled with care and kept well out of sight. Our secure storage facility, for example, was purpose-built and because it’s near both Heathrow Airport and the Eurotunnel, it’s highly advantageous for shipping artwork onwards or receiving paintings from abroad.

What kind of security keeps robbers at bay? From our experience with secure storage and the systems we use, it’s an effective combination of CCTV that’s monitored around the clock, intruder alarms, high-security perimeter fencing, ram-raid doors and other measures that we don’t disclose. This provides an almost impenetrable wall of security that keeps even the most ardent robbers out. Over our three decades and more of experience in secure storage and shipping artwork, we have never had a client’s work of art stolen.

But it’s not enough just to have secure storage facilities laden with security technology, designed to keep criminals out and record everyone’s movements. It’s also vital that the personnel working in this pristine environment are fully qualified specialists in not only handling and storing fine artworks but can keep quiet about what’s being stored, especially if famous paintings arrive.

It all adds up to a fine art secure storage system, brushed with genius.

Find out more about the best secure storage facilities for fine art in the UK today by contacting Momentous now. We will tell you everything you need to know to keep your valuable works safe and secure at all times when they’re in storage and being shipped around the UK and the world.

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