Tips for Shipping
Shipping fine art is a risky business, and you absolutely need to select a shipping company that has the expertise and experience to move your extremely valuable art.
When packing paintings, here are some specific steps to take:
- Unframed paintings or pictures:
Framed artwork or pictures:
- Protect the face of the painting with tissue paper (best) or newspaper (ok).
- Secure the with tape, but make sure no tape touches the painting itself.
- Place cardboard underneath the painting. Do not touch the work and handle only the cardboard.
- Put cardboard over each side of the painting to make a more stable and strong cover to prevent the painting from bending.
- Wrap tape around the outside cardboard to secure the painting firmly.
- Lastly, place the secured painting between two sturdy pieces of wood (best) or corrugated cardboard (ok) and tape all sides together.
- Your piece of art is now ready to go!
- Place corner protectors on each corner of the piece.
- Bubble wrap the frame and ensure all corners are covered and taped tightly.
- Place the wrapped work between two pieces of board and tape them together.
- A layer of packing peanuts should be placed at the bottom of your box.
- Place into a strong, properly sized box. Mirror packing boxes are best.
- Fill any empty spaces with more peanuts.
- Seal the box shut with tape, including all edges of the box.
Finally, confirm that your mover or shipper will insure the art for its full value. Don’t accept any company that won’t do this. Also, avoid shipping it by ground, because there is more opportunity for damage.
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