Expat Living (Hong Kong) - - Home & Property -

Mov­ing and main­tain­ing pre­cious pieces of art in prime con­di­tion is no walk in the park.

The fine art land­scape has evolved over re­cent years in Hong Kong and Asia. For in­stance, in 2016, more art and an­tiques were sold by value in main­land China than any­where else in the world. With art week around the cor­ner, the num­ber of buy­ers in Hong Kong is set to grow too, and many of them will be won­der­ing how to han­dle their new art pieces to pre­serve their qual­ity and value.

Ac­cord­ing to TOMMY K.C. CHAN, Di­rec­tor of Crown Fine Art Hong Kong & Ma­cau, when it comes to tran­spor­ta­tion or stor­age of your pre­cious be­long­ings, there are plenty of rea­sons why you want to leave it to ex­perts. sus­pen­sion and GPS sys­tems. For large and heavy items, you need a hoist­ing team that is thor­oughly pre­pared and ready to take up the chal­lenge.

Just like the stor­age of fine wine, stor­age of art­works is reg­u­lated, and the cho­sen fa­cil­ity should have renowned cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Make sure your art stor­age com­pany is cer­ti­fied with GRASP (Global Risk As­sess­ment Plat­form), a riskassess­ment sys­tem for eval­u­at­ing ware­house and mu­seum fa­cil­i­ties, which in­cludes proper de­sign and con­struc­tion, manned and elec­tronic se­cu­rity, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trol or con­tin­gency and emer­gency plan­ning.

If you’ve just pur­chased a new art­work or moved to a new home, don’t leave the in­stal­la­tion of a valu­able piece to a handy­man. Make sure your art­work is in­stalled by a “white glove” han­dling team.

Last, but not least, if you’re al­ready a long-term col­lec­tor, you may be in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing other ser­vices, from the restor­ing or ap­praisal of art­work, to fram­ing, stretch­ing and un­stretch­ing.

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