When starting an art collection, it’s not just about finding the perfect piece and bringing it home. It also means knowing how to properly care for each piece so it won’t get damaged or deteriorate over time. A great collection has pieces which look brand new even after years of being on display.
Follow this quick guide on how to take care of your art collection:
Framing your artwork
The style of frame depends on the specific piece of art and the overall design of the home. However, it’s important to pick a frame that is well-made, has no gaps between corners, and perfectly fits the piece. It’s never advisable to cut an artwork so it can fit in a frame.
Remember never to frame works on canvas under glass. Canvas artworks need to breathe. It also experiences subtle shifts over time because of slight atmospheric pressure. Framing canvases under glass only traps moisture and disrupts the natural shifting of the painting.
Hanging your artwork
When displaying your art collection, you should always pay attention to the light, humidity, and temperature of the room.
Works on paper like photographs and textiles will fade, brown or develop mildew when exposed to direct sunlight or harsh lighting. Exposing paintings to extreme heat, cold or smoke can cause cracks or discoloration.
Avoid putting art pieces in sunrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or anywhere with excess heat, cold, dryness, and moisture.
Storing your artwork
There may come a time when your collection outnumbers your wall space and you need to put some pieces in storage. It’s important to keep your pieces in a dark and cool places like closets and temperature controlled storage areas. Don’t put artworks in attics, garages or basements because these are often too dry or humid. Also remember to keep your artworks off the floor.
Never cover artworks in plastic for extended periods of time. Instead opt for cotton or microfiber sheets. For large art pieces, it’s best to wrap them in a blanket before putting them in storage while smaller artworks can be wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and kept in a box.
When storing multiple artworks, put cardboard in between each piece so they’re not leaning against each other. Also, keep your art away from anything that could scratch or rip the surface.
Moving your artwork
Your artwork should be carefully packed if you’re moving it to another home. Before travelling, always make sure each piece is wrapped and has a heavy piece of cardboard on the front and back. When packing prints, always have it laid flat to lessen movement.
If you’re only moving it from room-to-room, remember to keep your path clear and enlist the help of a friend so everything goes smoothly.
Insuring your artwork
Fine art is a very valuable asset that accumulates value as time goes by. To protect your investment, it’s important to have them insured. Some homeowners’ insurance policies cover fine pieces of work while others require owners to have pieces specially insured.
When insuring works, remember to photograph the condition of the piece and include the following in the documentation:
• Title of the piece
• Name of artist
• Dimensions of the piece
• Method of framing
• Original receipt of sale
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