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Crown Fine Art worked with the Holburne Museum in Bath to transport items from a variety of locations and lenders for two of the museum’s recent, diverse exhibitions.

Howard Batho, Exhibition Officer at the Holburne Museum said: “We have worked with Crown Fine Art for a number of years now, including when we reopened the museum in 2011 after its £11 million, two and a half year restoration. We have always been impressed with their level of expertise and professionalism. It’s vital when loaning and transporting precious items and artwork that you have the utmost confidence in the contractors that you are using.

“It is also beneficial that, as we have worked with Crown Fine Art for many years, they know our building really well. That knowledge and experience is really important when working with dealers and lenders to plan the transportation and installation of a piece as they are familiar with our rooms, stairwells and lift dimensions and know what has worked well in the past.”

‘Presence: The Art of Portrait Sculpture’ which ran at the Museum from May September 2012 was an original and inventive exhibition which bought together some of the most striking sculpted portraits from the ancient world to the modern day.

It was the first exhibition of sculpture to be held at the transformed Holburne Museum and included astonishing heads from Ancient Greece and Rome; eighteenth century masterpieces; works by some of the 20th century’s greatest sculptors including Giacometti and Brancusi, the waxwork of Henry Moore once at Madame Tussauds.

The exhibition featured loans from the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate, as well as from regional and private collections the exhibition collects.

“We have worked with the Holburne Museum for over 15 years and on this occasion we worked with them on the transportation of a variety of sculptures from a number of lenders for the exhibition. We worked with the museum in Bath and a number of art agents and lenders to co-ordinate the collection and delivery of some of the sculptures from lenders including the V&A and the British Museum,” said Michael Festenstein from Crown Fine Art.

From October 2012 – January 2013 the Holburne Museum hosted ‘Secret Splendour: the hidden world of Baroque Cabinets’ - a revealing exhibition which cast new light on some of the most magnificent and expensive furniture ever produced.

Made from a wide variety of rare and exotic materials including amber, ivory, tortoiseshell, pietra dura and silver, cabinets-on-stands were one of the great status symbols of the seventeenth century. Their outer doors open to reveal exquisite interiors, originally designed to impress only the most privileged of guests. Many incorporate ingenious secret drawers and ingenious compartments for their owners’ most prized possessions.

A dazzling array of cabinets from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Corsham Court and the Holburne were displayed fully open to enable visitors to see their extraordinary interiors, an experience formerly reserved for a select few. “These are very delicate items and Crown Fine Art worked with the Holburne Museum and the V&A Museum in London to transport nine cabinets to Bath. This involved working closely with the V&A to design and build bespoke crates to house and protect the cabinets for their move,” said Michael Festenstein from Crown Fine Art.

Crown Fine Art provide consultation, project co-ordination, art handling installation and specialist transport and packing services. The company can also provide discrete, off-site, high security storage facilities for its clients.

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