Art Shipping and Packaging

Constantine’s Comprehensive Guide

Art shipping and packaging is a crucial part of the art industry. Constantine recognises the importance of this process and understands that each piece of artwork is unique and requires specialist consideration and care.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the best practices for art shipping and packaging, explaining how we ensure artwork in our care arrives safely at its destination. Whether you’re an art collector, registrar, or gallery owner, understanding how to properly package and transport art is essential to preserving its integrity and value.

Understanding the Art of Packaging

Materials and Technologies Used

Providing industry-leading art shipping and packaging services involves utilising a combination of specialised materials, technology, and craftsmanship.

This includes the offering of Turtle Crates, as well as being sustainable, these crates protect against even the smallest variations in relative humidity and temperature, and their custom internal technology provides unsurpassed absorption of both shock and vibration.

  1. Specialised Materials: Museum standard materials are used across the Constantine hire crate range as well as our bespoke crating.
  2. Cutting-Edge Technology: Turtle crates, the most sustainable climate crate on the market, are constructed using impact-resistant polyester for the crate body – a material that is also used in the latest air and space technology.
  3. Tailored Design: Skilled craftsmen offer a variety of bespoke solutions with the safety and security of the artwork at the forefront of their process.

Climate and Safety Controls

Constantine employs museum-standard climate and safety controls in our luxury asset storage facilities and our vehicles. These carefully monitored systems ensure a stable environment for artwork under our care, protecting it against fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Our investment in these systems allows us to safeguard artwork throughout its journey, providing complete peace of mind.

Custom Case-Making

Constantine makes use of custom-built fine art crating ensuring that each artwork is stored and transported in a safe and secure fashion.

  1. Craftsmanship: Each case is created by expert craftsmen with years of experience in bespoke fine art crating.
  2. Museum Specifications: Built to museum specifications to ensure safe transit and reliable preservation.

Comprehensive Guide to Transport Options

UK and International Shipping

Fine art transportation requires both domestic and international logistical solutions, Constantine provides an exceptional service informed by our experienced coordinators, drivers and technicians. We offer dedicated sole vehicle use, part-load, or consolidated options depending on the needs of our clients.

  1. Domestic Shipping: Our coordinators provide meticulously planned routes to ensure artwork in our care is transported in the safest and most efficient manner.
  2. International Shipping: Constantine’s expert customs coordinators and global reach allow us to carefully transport fine art anywhere in the world.

Conclusion: Why Choose a Specialist in Art Shipping and Packaging?

Fine art shipping and packaging is a delicate process which requires expert knowledge, experience and state-of-the-art facilities. Constantine provides the following:

  1. Tailored Solutions: From custom-made cases to specific climate control, our services are tailored to suit your individual requirements, each marked by meticulous attention to detail.
  2. Royal Warrant: We have been granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen, which serves as a symbol of the quality of our service. Our commitment to the highest standards of preservation and care remains steadfast.
  3. Unmatched Expertise: With decades of experience our highly skilled team offers industry-leading expertise.

Contact Constantine, speak to us about your collection and learn more about us and our bespoke services.


1. What measures are taken to ensure the safety of my art during transportation?

We take the safety of your art extremely seriously. Our specialised vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art climate control systems to maintain optimal conditions. Our custom-made cases are designed specifically to fit the unique dimensions of each piece, and real-time tracking allows for constant oversight.

2. How do you handle customs and international shipping regulations?
With our extensive experience in UK and international shipping, we manage all customs support, regulation compliance, and logistical complexities seamlessly. Our expertise ensures a smooth journey for your art across international borders.

3. How can I trust that my art will be handled carefully during installation?

Our handling and installation techniques are informed by decades of experience. Our experienced staff are highly skilled and well-trained in the nuanced art of handling and installation. Collaborations with world-leading museums stand as testaments to our global standing, and we extend the same level of care and precision to every piece in our charge.

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