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How to Transport Fine Art

Transporting fine art requires safe handling along with protection. Every time a piece of art is conveyed from one place to another it is subject to the risk of being crushed, dropped, scuffed, torn, punctured, stained, exposed to sunlight or damaged in some other way.

Even unsuitable storage and packing methods can lead to deterioration of fine art pieces. Caution can’t be thrown to the wind when it comes to transporting a fine art piece.

If artwork has to be transported, displayed, packed or stored, there are a number of ways to ensure that it arrives safely at its final destination. Some of those procedures include:

Appropriate Handling


Simply handling a piece of fine art inappropriately can lead to damage. Before handling artwork, make sure that each piece can be moved safely from one spot to another. Any time it is handled, the chances for accidents increase. Check out these following tips from moving.com:

  • Using clean soft gloves when handling or moving artwork
  • Making sure hands are dry and free of water, grease, oils, lotions or moisturizers
  • Avoiding pressure to the surface of the piece as well as the back of it
  • Carrying the piece with both hands on the sides of the frame or stretcher areas
  • Avoiding handling the top of the frame, stretcher top, any wire hanger or other hanging device
  • Displaying artwork in safe places where it cannot be leaned against, bumped or exposed to humidity, water links or direct sunlight.

Means of Transport


In addition to handling fine art appropriately, transporting it in the right manner will help preserve its condition. Whether packing, shipping, storing or conveying artwork from one place to another, there are ways to make the transfer safe and efficient while protecting the artwork. When you need to convey fine art in any manner, our friends at SKB (https://skbstore.com/) recommend:

  • protective carrying cases
  • rigid mylar sleeves (for storage)
  • opaque acid free plastic tubes with end caps (for unframed art)
  • light-proof flat boxes (available through archival storage companies)
  • acid free mats, museum mounting, UV glass (for framing process and protection)

Handling, moving and transporting fine art doesn’t have to be a challenge, especially when the right procedures and precautions are taken. Preservation is of the essence when it comes to valuable art pieces and if they are protected, handled, transported and stored in the right way, they can be preserved for a lifetime.