What does a fine art courier do?

Fine art is a beautiful thing. The beauty of it is down to the fact that high levels of care and skill go into making the art items. Fine art covers a wide-ranging area and we will look closer at some of the things in this posting. It will probably come as no surprise for you to learn that many pieces of fine art are expensive and often irreplaceable, making it absolutely critical that they are handled in the correct way. Whenever any of these pieces have a need to be transported or moved, it is very important that a fine art courier with considerable skill and care should be chosen to undertake the task. This will lower the risk of any damage occurring, whilst preserving the item and it’s value in the best way possible. Our latest blog post will take a closer look at this.

What exactly is fine art?

Ever walked around a museum lately? There are literally hundreds of items and all of these constitute artwork in some way. You may also think about a previous experience to an art gallery and recall that there is often more than just paintings on display – all these too are covered within the fine art family.

When it comes to ourselves and the courier industry generally, some of the most popular fine art items dealt with (including those from past personal experience) include the types of the following:

* Photos, paintings or other artwork.

* Sculptures.

* Pottery and China.

* Textiles (e.g. tapestries.)

* Jewellery.

* Antiques.

What makes a fine art courier different?

All couriers need to take care in their business to ensure they satisfy customers and do not lose items or get their clients parcels damaged. When it comes to fine art, this is the number one requirement. Anyone can realistically be a courier, but only someone with the right skill set can be a fine art courier. A way to try and find this is to look out for a company that has been established for many years, and who specifically mentions they have experience in fine art delivery.

Fine art couriers will move artwork in a wide variety of circumstances to different venues associated with the field. This would include to places such as museums, art galleries, auction houses, or storage facilities. Rock Solid Deliveries can also offer this service to personal customers who may only need to use it once, or businesses / organisations that require transportation of fine art on a regular basis.

The key to finding someone who specialises or has experience in fine art delivery is an appreciation in the understanding of what the couriers’ role is. Any reputable company should be aware that many fine art items are valuable, personal and truly priceless. The aim is to treat the items as if they were your own, but this is a bear minimum standard and better couriers will recognise that extra steps need to be taken. In practical terms, this would include things like being mindful of the size and type of van used for the art transportation, or the level of in-transit protective material that is placed around the items to keep them secure and damage free. The best fine art couriers will understand that transporting fine art can be amongst some of the most stressful things to transit for a customer. This is why they should offer full tracking and a comprehensive insurance level to alleviate some of the customers worries or fears.

If there is one thing to take from this article, it is that research is key if you are looking for a fine art courier. Reading a customers review page or the courier’s Trustpilot site, can give you an insight into whether anyone has enlisted them for these services before and what they have experienced. If you are sending fine art, you’ll be thankful you did this!

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