Art packing

Fine art shipping starts with a tailor-made artwork packing plan.

The process of packing art

Packing art always starts the same way — with an expert assessment of artworks.

This helps the art packer to select the right packaging materials based on the size and condition of individual items. The evaluation is carried out for all shipments, whether packing artwork for moving or packing paintings for storage.

Next, artworks are wrapped with a three-layer packing technique. The first layer protects against fingerprints and scratches, and the following two layers cushion the item.

Some artworks are then placed in an art packing box or wood crate. This is to safeguard against temperature changes, humidity, and vibrations during the journey.

All wood crates have to comply with No.15 (ISPM 15), a regulation set by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPCC). This is a necessary step when sending wood packaging between countries and reduces the possibility of delays at customs.

Not all shipments need protective cases or art crating (it depends on the type of artwork). But they are recommended for sensitive pieces that need extra support.

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What is artwork packing?

Professional art packing is a specialized fine art logistics service.

It involves the use of soft packaging materials like bubble wrap, blankets, and foam padding. As well as custom-made structures like a wood crate or an art packing box.

The aim of art packing is to protect artworks during transportation. And to make sure they are safely delivered.

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Working with an art packer

An art packer has in-depth knowledge of both fine art and logistics. This expertise is then used to create a customized packing plan.

For example, packing a marble sculpture requires a different method to packing framed art. The same applies to packing a collection of antique vases or a crystal chandelier. Each shipment is different, so a tailored approach is needed for each packing plan.

Art packers also have specialist carpentry skills for building bespoke crates. And an understanding of how to secure items inside an art crate.

Then there is the type of transport to consider, with factors like customs, storage, and climate all influencing the art packing plan.

All of this is why art businesses, from galleries to marketplaces, hire professional art packers like Convelio.

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Convelio’s artwork packing services

Convelio has an office in New York and a network of logistics partners across the US.

We provide solutions for single shipments or exhibitions. As well as for short or long-term storage.

Our technicians can pack onsite at private residences, galleries, institutions, and warehouses. And we offer a range of services from soft packaging to wood crates — all made from museum-quality materials.

Outside of the US, we have offices in Paris and London and operate in more than 100 destinations around the world.

Read more about Convelio’s art packing services at the dedicated packing page. Or visit the shipping platform to get an instant quote for your shipment.

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