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Successful Fine Art Shipping in Houston Requires Knowledge

Posted on Wed, Jan 08, 2014

Successful Fine Art Shipping in Houston Requires Knowledge & Experience

When shipping fine art work you want to do research to find an experienced artwork shipper. Art collectors with no experience in packing artwork for shipping should consider that packages can be placed on conveyor belts, or tossed around during shipping.

Fine art collections are regularly transported to a variety of places for display outside a museum.  Fine art is also bought and sold between museums, collectors as well as other organizations. Individuals who own fine art, often ship pieces of art to family members or to auctions houses.  Quite often, fine art is shipped as part of an estate after the collector has passed away. Shipping fine art requires special skills and understanding to successfully transport it.

According to an article in the New York Times, “Fine art, like fine wine, is a tricky commodity to ship. While some of it may seem portable enough, there are many factors that make it a challenging travel companion…it is during transit that a work of art is most vulnerable…it's the single biggest problem, and mostly due to inadequate packing.”


Packing and shipping fine art is something that can’t be handled like everyday household items.  An art handling company with fine art specialty will know the proper packing and moving techniques for fine art.  They will have the experience and knowledge to successfully move the artwork.  These movers will also be able to use their creative problem solving skills when required.


When shipping fine art, no one size box or container will accommodate all situations.  Experienced shippers will know what specialized paper to use for shipping prior to boxing or crating a piece of fine art.  Using proper packing materials will decrease any chance of damage.  Experienced companies know how to design crates and make them to meet the needs of everything from large pieces or paintings to sculptures and more.

Local or International

An experienced fine art shipper will be able to safely move items from one end of a city to the other, or to another country all together if necessary.  In addition to knowing the proper wrapping and packing, they will also know how to file the correct paperwork for international shipping. 

If you would like to know more about fine art shipping in Houston, pack n send in Houston can help. Contact us today and learn more.


Tags: Art & Sculpture Shipping, Art work Shipper

Fine art shipping-Solution for your Precious Valuables in Transit

Posted on Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Whether you are a professional in the art world or just an avid collector, the inherent value of works of art is incalculable. Art objects represent value and investments in our lives. We
cherish art for many reasons but mostly for our connections with rare objects. To preserve and maintain their care it behooves us to look into fine art shipping specialists. Professionals in the field are trained proper handling techniques. 

This is especially true when the question of fine art shipping comes up. Objects of valuable come in all different shapes and sizes, and are made up of complex material components. Fine art handlers are equipped to determine the packing and crating needs for domestic and international shipping. A special focus is paid to the proper packing techniques that will ensure the safe transport of all your valuable possessions. 

Other areas which you need to consider include matters of valuation coverage and customs concerns. Always look for a company that is well versed in these important details, which is
part of the care taking process. When employing expert services you want to make sure that the value of your art is covered. Each piece of art is regarded as a unique and valuable item.

Auction houses and museums are very familiar with fine art services professionals, and they depend on them to help guard and manage their collections.

Ask them if the company that they use to transport their artwork offers services that are available to the public at large and offer solutions for your artwork moving needs. Employing a company that provides these services will let you ship your artwork with confidence.

If you have any questions about shipping artwork, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450 for artwork shipping solutions. 

Tags: Art work Shipper, Artwork Shipping

Get Your Art Out There with Dependable Artwork Shipping

Posted on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

 For the emerging artist nothing is quite as exciting as getting accepted into your first show.  After you have jumped for joy, called your friends and experienced the flush of
excitement - it is time to think about how you are going to make sure your artwork is delivered on time and in perfect condition. If you are not able to hand deliver your artwork or have friends or family deliver it in person, it only stands to reason you will need to have it shipped. We know artwork is your baby but that baby has just been invited to see the world!

As you are looking at your artwork with the critical eye of "how do I ship this" you may want to keep the following information in mind. 

  • Type of artwork determines the type of packing materials
         (fragile items will need extra padding), (pointed objects will need
  • Does the weight of your artwork exceed limitations for
         certain carriers?
  • How far is the artwork traveling? Is travel time a
  • How much time will it take for the artwork to reach its
  • Many galleries require reusable packing and give
         guidelines for unacceptable packing materials (such as Styrofoam peanuts),
         investigate your options.
  • Do you require valuation coverage during the shipping
         process? What are your options with the different carriers?
  • Will your artwork require special handling or
  • Does your artwork require signature confirmation or
         confirmation of delivery?

Such is the business end of the art world. Getting to know the right company to choose for your artwork packing and shipping may require a little searching. If you have questions about the proper way to pack and send artwork, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston information or get a quote for getting your artwork where it needs to be.

Pack n send offers the perfect solution to getting your art out there so it can advertise YOUArtwork Shipping is just one of the shipping services we specialize in, contact us for
more information or get a quote for getting your artwork where it needs to be.

Pastel painting SOLD !


Tags: Art work Shipper, Artwork Shipping

Houston Artwork Shipper Answers Questions About Artwork Shipping

Posted on Wed, Apr 03, 2013

When a customer was worried how to ship artwork, pack n send wrote a blog to help her look for an artwork shipper.

I asked a customer what she worried about when shipping artwork.

Her answer was “Just about everything.” This is an updated blog is for my customer who needs help with artwork shipping.

When you want to ship artwork, look for a company that specializes in shipping high value items. If the company is experienced at shipping delicate and valuable items for their customers, you can then ask about how they intend to ship your artwork. Think delicate pieces of glass, marble statutes and glass chandeliers.

If you intend on shipping art, or a picture with glass, ask the company if they use a special tape in order to protect the glass. This tape will attach to broken glass to make sure that a piece of artwork is not ruined if glass breaks during shipping. The tape is easily removed upon receipt of your piece of art work.  If it is a sculpture, look at crating companies that can they build a crate in their warehouse that will specifically fit your sculpture. If it a valuable oil painting, see if they  can they build a custom crate for you to match the size of your painting?

We have a few basic suggestions of things that you should look for when you are choosing a company that you would like to use to ship your art work.

 In order to move a valuable piece of artwork, a custom built crate is highly recommended. You can line the crate with one inch of Styrofoam on each side. That would be top, bottom and all four sides. By placing the picture on top of the Styrofoam that fits perfectly around the picture, you have insulated the glass from shock

 We suggest that you use a custom built crate when you are moving or shipping fine art work. Let your shipping company determine the exact measurement of your piece of artwork. You want a secure fit inside of the crate. We make these suggestions because art work shipping requires special knowledge about shipping, custom boxing and custom crate making.  For less expensive paintings, you can ask that a custom box be built. Again, ask for the box to be lined with Styrofoam. Let the shipping company do the measuring of your art work.

When looking for an artwork shipper, ask if the company ships for private collectors. Do they specialize in shipping artwork for art exhibitions and then offer to ship the artwork back to the private collector?  When you are shipping a valuable piece of art work to an auction, ask for a reusable crate to be built.  That way if the piece of artwork does not sell, you can easily have it shipped back to you. We recommend using heat treated wood that is able to be shipped worldwide. That way if you sell the artwork at a later date, you can ship it anywhere in the world.

Be sure to ask if the company that you are using ships for both auction houses, art galleries, art dealers and individuals.  If you are shipping multiple pieces of artwork at the same time to the same location, see if more than one piece of artwork can fit inside the same crate.

Can the company offer freight, moving and common carrier shipping options? This is not a one size fits all shipping arrangement. Ask if the company can offer both international and domestic shipping. Ask if the company can offer both residential and commercial pick up and delivery of art.

For my customer, I hope that these suggestions helps you ease your mind the next time you would like to ship a piece of artwork.


If you have any other questions about shipping a piece of art work, please feel free to contact pack n send at 713 266 1450. Pack n send is a Houston crating company that picks up and ships art work both in Houston and all over the United States.


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