Art handling is the process of transporting artworks from one location to another. It involves packing, preparing, storing, and shipping, with particular attention paid to sensitive pieces.
At Convelio, art handling starts with the selection of soft packaging, such as blankets, foam-padding, and bubble wrap. The exact combination of materials is chosen by technicians, depending on the size, shape, and fragility of the items.
Fine art handlers then apply the soft packaging to artworks using a three-layer packing technique. The first layer is in direct contact with the art and the following two layers cushion the item. This protects against finger marks, scratches, and dust during transit.
For vulnerable or highly valuable pieces, artworks can also be placed in lightweight protective cases or tailor-made wood crates.
These premium art packing services are designed to match the dimensions of every piece and are available for road and air courier shipments in the US, UK, and Europe.
Wood crates are especially recommended for fragile objects that require extra support during the art handling process. Or to protect against external influences like humidity, vibrations, and temperature fluctuations.
Examples of artworks that benefit from premium art handling include mirrors, crystal lamps, marble sculptures, and ceramic furniture.
Our wood crates are custom-made with museum-quality materials. The process starts with a professional evaluation of artworks. Fine art handlers then use construction skills and logistics expertise to hand-craft the crate.
Additionally, wood crates are compliant with international export regulations, like No. 15 (ISPM 15) — a legal requirement for shipping treated wood between countries. This provides artworks with extra protection and reduces the possibility of delays at customs.
You can select a wood crate, or other premium services, when booking a shipment on the Convelio platform.
We provide art handling services in NYC, Miami, and Los Angeles. We work with leading names in the art world, and transport artworks across the US and around the world.
We believe all artworks deserve a tailor-made approach to packing, art handling, and shipping.
To achieve this, we have a global network of fine art logistics partners, trusted art handling companies, and skilled technicians.
We pack and transport artworks ranging from antiques to paintings and luxury furniture. Our technicians are also available to pack onsite at private residences, galleries, institutions, and warehouses.
Convelio has offices in Paris, London, and New York and we operate in more than 100 destinations around the world.
In the US, we work with fine art handlers in the major art hubs of New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.
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