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    Question asked 2019-05-15 14:04:02 ... Most recent comment 2019-05-17 10:47:12
    Handling and Transportation

    ​Dear Mitra,

    i was comissioned an oil painting that I will have to take with me from Europe to South America. This means at least two changes of airplane and a 13 hr long flight in between. The painting will be 90x100 cm. As it will be newly made and flexible when we fly, i assume there will be no problems with rolling it, as far as done correctly. I wonder if there is a save way of bringing a painting in an aeroplane, a way of packing it where it can be sent safely it with the checked baggage. Advice and tips will be much apreciated. 

    Thank you!


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  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    If it were me, and I could afford it, I would buy a light and durable painting box like those sold by Masterpak or even construct one myself. If the painting is protected on all sides, including some foam behind the canvas to prevent undue movement when the box is inevitably thrown around by the baggage crew. I have sent and received paintings through Fed-Ex in boxes like these and nothing has been damaged (as of yet.) There are no guarantees which is why museums and serious collectors use art shipping companies

    If you have to roll your painting, make sure that you cover the painted side with some material that will not adhere to the painting and then roll the whole on a tube PAINT SIDE OUT. The tube should be the largest diameter that you can physically bring on board and stow. This should then be inserted into another larger tube or covered with something that would absorb any impact without transferring the force to the artwork.

    Brian Baade
    2019-05-15 15:05:24
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    ​Hello Brian, thank you for your answer. in the case of rolling the painting, would you say a 30 - 35 cm diameter tube would be fine?

    2019-05-17 09:40:14
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    That should be appropriate.

    Brian Baade
    2019-05-17 10:47:12

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