Three factors to consider while storing your art collection

June 28, 2019

India is an emerging art market taking small but sure strides towards becoming one of the key markets globally. Art collection is no longer thought of as a hobby but is now widely acknowledged as an alternative asset category.

Mumbai and Delhi are at the forefront leading this change. With the growing demand for art storage - collectors, curators and artists are seeking larger storage facilities in these cities which are increasingly cramped for space. The rising realty costs in all the major metros in India and the need for specialized storage solutions make in-house art storage facilities unviable.

Often, the right storage solutions make all the difference when it comes to storing precious pieces of art. The biggest benefits of storing art in specialized facilities is the peace-of-mind it provides, the ease of access and the assurance of an expertly managed logistics.

Some of the factors that need to be considered before outsourcing the storage are:

1. Climate Control

It is vital that temperature and humidity levels suitable for art objects storage are maintained. Under Indian climatic conditions, a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity levels between 40% and 60% are ideal for storage of art objects in various categories.
Some collectors store their valuable paintings at home with 24 hours of air conditioning, however, it can be quite challenging to achieve a climate controlled environment at home. A specially-designed fine art vault offers a favorable environment to protect your artworks against climate variation.

2. Packaging techniques

There is a high risk of mold growth, corrosion of metals or other defects associated with variable in humidity. Hence it is essential that art objects are packed well for long term storage. It is preferable that the immediate wrapping material around the object be non-acidic, pH-neutral and moisture resistant.

3. Safety and security

Being precious and rare pieces of art, safety and security tops the concerns of most of the collectors. It is advisable not to risk the artwork by choosing poor standard storage facility or cheap packing supplies as one will end up spending more in recovering the losses from the damage. It is imperative that the safety standards in terms of protection from fire, flooding and other natural calamities are consistently maintained and supervised. Security measures like biometric access & 24/7 surveillance, periodic pest control with non-toxic materials, systemized inventory management, etc. forms an important consideration when outsourcing storage.

Crown Fine Art’s state of the art vault storage facilities in India are equipped with advanced climate control and security features to provide absolute peace of mind.

  • 24/7 temperature and humidity control
  • 4 hour fire rated doors
  • Fire rated brick walls
  • 24/7 manned security supervision
  • Fire safety units with fire alarm, fire wardens, gas based suppressing system
  • Customized high strength racking
  • Intruder alarm
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Access control
  • CCTV cameras
  • High ceilings

For further information on how we can help or to visit our facility, please contact us on +91 8080 322 322 or email us at india@crownfineart.com 
 

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