How to pack fine art and antiques

Packing delicate items such as fine art and antiques safely requires careful planning, the right materials, and delicate handling. In this way you can ensure their protection during transit or storage. 



Here are some steps you can follow:

Assessment and documentation

Before packing, thoroughly assess the condition of each piece. Document any existing damage or delicate areas with photographs and notes. This will help you ensure that any changes during transportation or storage can be easily identified.

Gather necessary supplies

You'll need appropriate packing materials, including acid-free tissue paper, bubble wrap, foam corners or edge protectors, cardboard boxes, packing tape, and labels.

Wrap fragile items

Use acid-free tissue paper to wrap delicate surfaces like paintings, sculptures, or ceramics. Then, wrap them in several layers of bubble wrap. Pay extra attention to corners and protrusions, which are especially vulnerable to damage.

Protect frames

For framed artworks, use foam corners or edge protectors to prevent damage to the corners of the frame. Wrap the entire piece in bubble wrap, ensuring that the corners and edges are adequately protected.

Secure glass

If the artwork has glass, use painter's tape to create an "X" pattern across the glass surface. This helps prevent shattering and minimises the risk of damage if the glass breaks during transit.

Choose the right boxes

Select sturdy cardboard boxes that are slightly larger than the item being packed. Line the bottom of the box with packing peanuts or crumpled paper for cushioning.

Pack items securely

Place the wrapped artwork or antique in the box, ensuring that it's positioned securely and cannot shift during transit. Fill any remaining space with packing material to prevent movement.

Label boxes

Clearly label each box with its contents, noting if the item is fragile or requires special handling. This will help movers or handlers take appropriate precautions.

Transport with care

When transporting packed items, handle them with extreme care. Use a dolly or hand truck to move heavy items, and avoid stacking boxes too high to prevent crushing fragile contents.

By following these steps and taking precautions, you can pack fine art and antiques safely to ensure their protection during transportation or storage. If you're unsure about any specific packing techniques, consult with our team who specialise in handling fine art and antiques for transport.



How easy is it to ship antiques abroad?

It requires experience and planning to ship items of this nature aboard due to the complex customs regulations and shipping considerations to bear in mind. Different countries have varying customs procedures regarding the importation of artworks and antiques, where item may require special permits or documentation to enter certain countries. It's essential to research and comply with the customs requirements of both the origin and destination countries.

It is also important to consider the security of the item during transit. There are several transportation methods available for shipping artwork and antiques internationally, including air freight, sea freight, and specialised art shipping services. Each method has its advantages and considerations, such as cost, speed, and level of security. If you are in doubt, consult with our expert team.