Fine Art Storage: Standards, Services and Options


It is important to stay in touch with the basic strategies regarding storage while at the same time being aware of developing trends.

As an art collector, you know how important it is to safeguard your investment. Storing your pieces in a temperature and humidity-controlled space is vital to preserving their value and preventing damage. Here, we'll explore some of the current ideas around fine art storage, examine new trends and services, and discover the best way to protect your collection.

Fine art is delicate and can be easily damaged. If not stored properly, your pieces could be susceptible to warping, cracking, or mildew. In severe cases, improper storage can lead to irreversible damage. That's why it's so important to store your fine art in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. By keeping your pieces in these conditions, you can prevent costly damage and maintain their value for years to come. But with so many storage options on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Let's take a closer look at some of the current standards, services, and trends in fine art storage.

Current Temperature and Humidity Standards

Industry standards for temperature are not set in stone; depending on the materials used in your piece, you may need to adjust these numbers slightly up or down. Consult with a professional conservator to determine the ideal conditions for storing your particular type of artwork.

Fine Art Storage Services

There are a number of different companies that offer fine art storage services such as Crozier Fine Arts, Stebich Ridder International and ARTEX Fine Art Services where our discussion with John Jacobs will center around. These companies will typically provide you with a private storage unit that meets the industry standards for temperature and humidity. Some companies also offer additional services such as white glove transportation, installation, and even insurance.

When choosing a fine art storage company, be sure to do your research. Read reviews from other collectors and compare pricing before making a decision. Once you've found a company you're happy with, be sure to tour their facility before commitment; this will give you peace of mind knowing that your collection is being stored in a clean, well-maintained space.

Recent Art Storage Trends

One of the latest trends in fine art storage is the use of museum-grade archival boxes. These boxes are made from acid-free materials and are designed to protect your pieces from pests, dust, and UV light exposure. Archival boxes are becoming increasingly popular among collectors because they provide an extra layer of protection against damages—and they look great on display! If you're looking for an attractive way to store your collection while still protecting it from the elements, archival boxes might be the perfect solution for you.

Discussion with John Jacobs of ARTEX Fine Art Services

Fine art storage is essential for preserving the value and condition of your collection. By storing your pieces in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment—ideally using archival boxes—you can rest assured knowing that your collection is safe from damage now and in the future. With so many different storage options available on the market today, there's no excuse not to take proper care of your investment.

This session will address fundamental ideas around fine art storage and explore new ideas and directions.

John K. Jacobs, the founder and President of ARTEX Fine Art Services, will explain:

  • Current status in temperature and humidity standards
  • Services that complement managing your fine art storage
  • Recent trends in both temperature/humidity standards, services and options

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John Jacobs

John K. Jacobs is the founder and President of ARTEX Fine Art Services. Mr. Jacobs has been involved in the safe handling, transport, packing, crating and storage of museum artifacts for over 20 years. Under the direction of Mr. Jacobs, ARTEX has been awarded the largest and most complex museum projects of the last decade. Past projects include collection relocations for Smithsonian American...

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