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Vacation's Treasures: Shipping art work

Posted on Tue, Feb 11, 2014

If you have ever gone on a vacation and wandered through art galleries, you know the feeling when you see an oil painting or framed photo you know you have to have. You know the perfect place in your home for that work of art. If you found a life size oil portrait that is perfect for a den or library you should look for a company with experience shipping large pieces of artwork. 


But, how will you get it home?


 If you are in a car, you could try to wrap bubble wrap or place blankets around it and hope it doesn't get damaged. Or, if you are flying you could wrap it in a box and wince as you see it thrown on the luggage conveyer belt. Or, you could use a professional service to ship your treasured art work and know that when you get home, that memory of your vacation will be safe.


But, instead of just dropping that treasure off at the first shipping store that you see, you might want to be aware of the best way to ship artwork. It's always good to be an informed consumer.  This way, you will know the questions to ask. 

  1. “How long is your location in business?”  

  2. “What is the value of the artwork that you usually ship?”  

If the location is in business fewer than three years, or if you have a piece of art work worth $3000 and their response is that the artwork that they usually ship is worth about one hundred dollars, we suggest that you keep researching a shipping location.


If the artwork is going to be shipped in a cardboard box, there are several things you will want to ensure are done to protect it.
1.    Ask for a box that is the right size that will contain padding to protect your artwork.
2.    Ask if the glass will be protected.
3.    Ask if they will have an inch of Styrofoam all around to protect the artwork during shipping and to prevent the piece of artwork from moving around inside the box. Ask if your piece of artwork will need the Styrofoam all around to protect it.
4.    Ask if bubble wrap will be used to protect your artwork during shipping.
5.    Ask if they protect the glass on the artwork?


If you want extra protection for your treasured artwork, you might want to ask the company to use a crate. For high value artwork we suggest using a full wood custom built crate.
 Even with the crate, you will want to be sure they are a company that will protect against scratches and dings. For higher valued artwork, the crate is usually the best method of packing. If you are shipping internationally, be sure the company uses heat treated wood so that it can be safely exported from the United States.


Maybe you rounded the corner in the art gallery and saw the sculpture that you have to have.  We have devoted other full blogs that discuss the most appropriate and safest way to ship sculptures. We suggest that you look at some of our prior blogs, or go directly to
http://www.pack-n-send.com/shipping/art-sculpture-shipping/ our website, for advice on sculpture shipping.

Whatever your vacation treasure is, you want a reliable company who knows how to protect your treasure.
For more information on shipping artwork, paintings, oil painting, sculptures, photos, 3D media, life-size portraits, feel free to contact us at pack n send in Houston. For more information on shipping artwork, paintings, oil painting, sculptures, photos, 3D media, life-size portraits, feel free to contact us at pack n send in Houston. We want to help you pack and ship, and protect your treasures.

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