Fine art is a commodity that is priceless and valuable so it only makes sense that you want to protect it from any risks. To protect your fine art and antiques, you must first understand the common risk factors they are exposed to. Grace Fine Art are experts at avoiding risks when it comes to caring for fine art and antiques.
Here are the most common risks we can help protect your fine art against.
- UV light
Some of the worst damage your fine art can receive is thanks to UV rays. These can cause irreversible damage in the form of fading colours to paintings and fabrics. Placing your art or antiques too close to the window, in direct sunlight or under lights that emit UV rays is a big risk. Instead, opt for storing your fine art in a dark room and out of exposure to direct light.
More specifically, fluctuating temperatures, can cause damage to your fine art. When a room is too warm and stuffy, or too cold, your fine art is exposed to risks of melting, running paint, or mould growth and moisture.
One of the most common risks fine art is exposed to in owner’s homes is humidity. Fluctuations in humidity, much like temperature, affect the materials fine art is made of, as well as promote moisture and mould. Humidity can also create an environment that is too dry.
When moving fine art about, there are a number of reasons why this may cause damage to your fine art. During transit, where fine art hasn’t been properly protected and fastened, movement can occur on the road, rail, air or sea, and can break frames, strip canvases and cause serious damage. To protect your fine art against damage caused by movement, hire a professional to get the job done. At Grace, we provide white gloved services, working with leading galleries and avid art collectors across Australia and New Zealand. We provide a single point of contact, use tailor-made packing equipment and materials, and incorporate a range of specialist services to transport and store your fine art and antiques.
- Children and pets
You’ll need to be extra careful with fine art around children and pets. Naturally curious, both children and pets instinctively touch things without considering the risks of doing so. Although avoiding them coming into contact with your fine art and antiques might be impossible, there are a number of ways you can protect your art against them. Read about them in our blog on protecting fine art and antiques from pets.
Where these methods are unreliable, it might be worth seeking out a secure storage solution. At Grace, we provide quality assured and tailored art and antique storage. With 24/7 security systems and humidity and climate control options, we provide museum and gallery standards of storage. Book your Grace Fine Art storage today.