Crown Fine Art in the news after installing giant 17th and 18th Century group portraits at Hermitage Amsterdam

April 22, 2015

Crown Fine Art made the news after partnering with the Amsterdam MuseumHermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum to install the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Consisting of more than 30 large 17th and 18th Century group portraits, from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum and other exhibitions, the permanent exhibition opened on November 29 and has generated huge publicity.

Crown Fine Art Netherlands successfully packed, shipped and installed the works of art; and the project presented a number of challenges as some of the paintings were too large to handle and pack delicately.

In order to install the portraits into the historical building of the Dutch Hermitage, a part of the roof was lifted. This allowed Crown’s expert handlers to manoeuvre the enormous art safely.

Two of the paintings were far too big to be transported in Crown’s trucks, and so, the team organised a flat-bed truck to transport the items. The use of a flat-bed truck had to be carefully planned, as it meant transporting the works in the open air.

Each crate was made-to-measure and constructed to withstand hoisting forces applied by the rigging gear. The crated paintings weighed approximately 250-500 Kilos, adding a further challenge.

In total, the project took three weeks to ship and install; and it required intensive cooperation between the museums, Crown Fine Art and technical specialists.

The paintings came mainly from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum. However, some of them came from external storage facilities, others from permanent exhibitions in both museums of from other museums where they were on display.

The Amsterdam Museum is one of the major clients for Crown Fine Art, an integrated international logistics expert which has a presence in countries all over the world, including the UK.

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