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Desert Author
10-24-2009, 01:40 AM
What sort of containers are used to transport expensive works of art? Also, are they the type of container that can be climate controlled?

10-24-2009, 02:09 AM
FWIW, a search on "museum shipping" found places like: http://www.atelierartservices.com/index.php & http://www.globalarttransport.com/index.php, which give some detail of the how and what.

10-24-2009, 05:23 AM
Depends on what kind of work. Paintings are typically shipped in large, flat crates, painted side up (because some media are prone to flaking/dusting off bits of pigment.) Wrapped in padded, quilted blankets, typically, within the crate.

Sculpture, glass, and pottery are different stories and use different methods.

10-24-2009, 07:16 AM
A friend of mine told me he was doing work at a house, well, actually it was a mansion, and the owner had a painting delivered. It was sent in a refrigerated truck and packed inside a crate. It was an extremely expensive painting.

Desert Author
10-24-2009, 07:20 AM
You've given me enough insight that I can run with it. Thank you all for your information.


Linda Adams
10-24-2009, 02:45 PM
Adding a link: Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Blog (http://oecexhibits.si.edu/blog/). They talk about the behind the scenes of setting up an exhibit. I believe they've had some commentary on moving the art.