“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen,” the masterly Leonardo da Vinci once said. A truth for sure, but as books full of beautiful prose are closed shut, so too must a work of art be locked away on occasion.

The reasons vary. It can be down to logistics – no more space to put it up in your current abode. It could be as a result of relocation – it’s inevitable that works have to be transported to another location at some point. It can be down to business – you have to work abroad for a period of time and therefore prefer your valuables to be kept safe.

It is therefore good to be familiar with the different types of fine art storage solutions such as Cadogan Tate, which cater for all kinds of media, be it painting, sculpture or even installation.

Art has, after all, come a long way and as Marcel Duchamp established, anything can be considered as having a creative value, you just have to know how to project it with sincerity and aplomb.

Here are some examples of the kinds of storage available to collectors and investors of fine art.

Painting storage

Painting storage can be short-term and long-term. Whatever your exact needs are, a seasoned art storage and shipping provider can deliver exacting results.

It usually begins with an examination of the painting. Here weaknesses are noted and then a storage solution designed in accordance with the specific needs of that object.

Bespoke painting racks can then be built. This is effectively the process for paintings regardless of how small or big the work of art is.

They tend to be stored upright and at an average temperature of 20 degrees. Unframed paintings however are stored horizontally.

Containerised storage

This type of storage is more suitable for the long-term, where regular access is not desired or required by the owner.
A lot of work tends to be performed to correctly document the works, which are then appropriately packed and placed into containers. To make people feel confident that their possessions are safely secure, the container will be sealed in front of them.

Additional safety manifests itself in the fact that when it comes to being reconciled with a work, the security seal will be broken in front of you. There is a lot of flexibility in this however, if your needs change.

Antiques and sculpture storage

Again, with antiques and sculptures, the type of storage available can be customisable.

This can be a challenging area because sculptures come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, more so than paintings.

Sculptures tend to be safely stored on shelves, while for extremely large objects; specially designed for yards are available for use. It’s all about making the impossible possible.

Private room storage

Offered by very few, the idea of private room storage is to make it as easy as possible for clients to have access to their works, while also ensuring that they remain safe and secure.

Therefore, such storage is synonymous with ongoing management of collections, and usually come equipped with an online inventory to help people supervise their prized possessions.

These storage solutions can also be tailored to meet the needs of the works. It is not unusual for rooms to be temperature controlled for example. It is a great way of keeping works in mint condition.

Storing your works of art
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