The importance of safe and secure fine art logistics and storage cannot be overstated. For museums, galleries and private collectors finding an experienced, professional provider is paramount. Constantine has been an industry leader for the past four generations thanks to our expertise in handling, transporting, storing, and installing artwork both domestically and internationally. This article will explore the top five factors to consider when choosing a fine art logistics provider and highlight the ways in which Constantine’s processes and facilities meet the challenges presented.
Specialist Vehicles and Secure Transportation
The first thing to consider when choosing a fine art logistics provider is vehicle specifications and transport options. Paintings, statues, and sculptures require stringent environmental conditions to maintain their integrity and condition. Security, too, is paramount and measures must be in place to ensure that artwork arrives safely and securely as its destination.
At Constantine, our specialist fleet of vehicles are fully equipped with climate control, GPS tracking systems, and air-ride suspension. We monitor the GPS tracking systems directly, ensuring the highest level of security during transit. Also, we can offer full air-side access at major U.K airports to facilitate secure and efficient air freight services.
Storage is also a key consideration of art logistics. All storage facilities should offer climate-controlled environments in order to store valuable artwork in its optimum conditions. There should also be a range of storage options to suit individual requirements, this includes private vaulted storage and shared storage solutions.
Our storage solutions meet the highest standards of security and environmental control. We have 106 environmentally controlled private vaulted storage rooms with individual motion, heat, and smoke monitoring. Our facilities are managed 24/7 from a central control room, equipped with fire detection and suppression systems, and were specifically designed with input from top professionals in security, fire protection, environmental control, and insurance.
Constantine also offers shared storage solutions for consideration. All our facilities are equipped with private viewing and meeting rooms which are available for hire. Our expert team is on hand to provide art handling, packaging, condition reporting, transportation, customs support, and coordination services.
Comprehensive and Customiseable Services
Artwork, as we know, is crafted in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. A one-size-fits all approach to logistics does not work. A quality art logistics provider should offer a range of services which can be tailored to the specific needs of the artwork and the client.
We provide services that go beyond art delivery and storage. Constantine creates bespoke solutions for art installation projects, such as site surveys, risk assessments and project management services. Our experienced team of technicians can provide detailed condition reports and offer a variety of packing and crating services to ensure the safe handling and storage of your collection.
Customs Support and Regulatory Compliance
Choosing a fine art logistics provider that is familiar with import and export documentation, customs clearance, temporary importation, and exportation services ensures you a smooth, hassle-free process.
Constantine provides robust customs support services. Our dedicated customs team has combined experience of over 25 years, has well-established relationships with UK and EU customs, and is up to date with the latest regulations and requirements to provide a seamless customs process for your collection.
Proven Experience and Reputation
The last point to consider is the reputation and experience of a provider. Given the delicate, often complex, nature of art logistics, it is crucial for collections to be with a professional and experienced fine art logistics provider.
With over 130 years of experience, and a Royal Warrant granted by Her Majesty the Queen, Constantine is established as a trusted partner for private collectors, museums, and galleries worldwide. Our reputation for providing the highest level of security, safety and quality is a testament to our dedicated staff, top-of-the-range facilities, and refined processes.
Choosing a fine arts logistics provider can seem like a complicated task, however by focusing on these five key areas – secure transportation, storage facilities, comprehensive services, customs support, and proven reputation – it becomes a lot simpler.
Contact Constantine and speak to us about your collection and learn more about our bespoke services.
What makes Constantine’s fleet of specialist vehicles ideal for transporting fine art?
At Constantine, our vehicles are equipped with climate control to maintain optimal environmental conditions for artworks during transit. We also use GPS tracking systems to ensure real-time monitoring and the highest level of security. Moreover, our vehicles have air-ride suspension to minimise vibrations and shocks, ensuring the artwork arrives at its destination in its original condition.
How customised are the services provided by Constantine?
We understand that the requirements for each artwork can be different; hence we offer customised logistics services. Beyond the typical art delivery and storage, we provide bespoke solutions for art installation projects, including site surveys, risk assessments, and project management services. Our team of technicians can provide detailed condition reports and a variety of packing and crating services to meet your specific needs.
How can I trust Constantine’s experience and reputation in the field?
With over 130 years of experience and a Royal Warrant granted by Her Majesty the Queen, Constantine has established itself as a trusted partner for private collectors, museums, and galleries worldwide. Our reputation for providing the highest level of security, safety, and quality speaks volumes about our dedication to excellence in the industry.