How To Store Your Fine Art
Undoubtedly, masterpieces of art are items of treasure. There is a need to keep these treasures in a safe location when they are not on display. Due to their fragile nature, fine art must be kept in an environment tailored for them.
Besides theft, fine art and paintings are also susceptible to being deteriorated by natural conditions. While keeping your fine art collection at home seems like the most obvious choice, do take note of the following necessary conditions needed to maintain your collection in good shape.
1. Climate Control
The first requirement to safely keep your fine art is a climate and humidity controlled storage space. This is absolutely necessary as paintings are prone to mould and mildew that can cause severe damage.
Being stored in an unsuitable temperature for a prolonged period may cause the paint on your art piece to become brittle, thereby increasing the chance of cracks and peels on the surface. Likewise, being exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time will cause the art pieces to gradually lose their colour.
2. Flat File Storage System
The second requirement is flat file storage. This form of storage system protects your art pieces from coming into contact with each other.
Some art collectors also make the mistake of storing artwork in a packing tube. Long term storage in a tube could cause a transfer of paint or even cracks in the painting. Hence, your storage location should allow you to store your fine art in a flat file storage system.
3. Fine Art Expertise
The third requirement is expertise. Fine art needs to handled delicately. They also need to be packaged with care and sufficient protection when preparing them for shipping and transportation.
On top of that, a broken glass frame can also cause severe damage to your masterpieces. Wherever your storage location may be, there needs to be someone with the expertise to treat the artwork with adequate care.
4. Acid-Free Materials
All materials used to store and pack the art pieces, such as mounting boards and glue should be acid-free. Materials that are not acid-free could dye the artwork when kept in contact with them over time.
Last but not least, you will need security. Your storage location should be armed with round the clock security cameras, alarm system, and electronic monitoring that will alert you to any unauthorised access.
In addition, the storage location should be equipped with special non-liquid fire protection to safeguard the art pieces. There should also be heat and smoke sensors in place.
Keeping your fine art from external threats comes at a cost. Setting up a robust and efficient system on your own to safekeep just a few of your paintings might be more expensive than keeping them in a private vault that specialises in fine art storage. As a collector, you can make a choice based on your own needs.
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