Protection & Preservation at Storage
For any serious art collector, storage of art in a protective environment and preserving it in the best possible way takes precedence over simply displaying or showcasing it. It is the love, passion, and enthusiasm that a collector has, that motivates them to take well informed steps for the safety of their collection.
When choosing a fine art storage facility or making a storage room of your own for your priceless collections, some points need to be well taken care of.
Protection Measures & Standards
The facility you choose or the closet you may store your art in must be retard or resist fire. The most suitable structure for storage would be made of concrete and steel beams to best survive an incident of fire.
Away from adjacent buildings and structures, the storage facility should preferably be freestanding.
With only one entry/exit to the facility should ideally have no windows and all sources of light into the storage should be blocked properly.
The storage facility should be equipped to deal with any calamity or distress (natural or unnatural) and should be under constant vigilance.
To deter fire damage wet or dry pipe sprinklers need to be installed especially in the spot chosen for storage.
Frequent inspections and security analysis of the facility should be conducted in person and with the help of trained professionals.
Anyone who is handling the artworks in any capacity needs to be properly trained and sensitized in the field to ensure that there is no damage.
Security and safety monitoring of the loading docks should be taken up with great care and attention by the staff.
To keep the monitoring and records sorted, a digital directory or inventory needs to be put in place.
Access to the facility needs to be monitored and documented. The access to the same needs to be restricted and limited to the usual working hours with no exceptions.
The collectors who need high security and maximum monitoring should opt for private vaults with elevated safety systems.
Any kind of art is especially sensitive to temperature and humidity. The facility should, hence have these environmental control and regulatory measures. The ideal temperature for preservation of art in a storage facility should be somewhere between 680 & 720 and the humidity levels should be between 50 and 55 percent.
The facility needs to be a strictly ‘No Smoking’ zone.
A diligent pest control system needs to be in place.
After ensuring that all these factors for protection and preservation of your artworks are in place, one needs to visit the facility physically for an inspection. It is of great significance that a personal observation is employed in the final decision making in the choice of the storage facility for it all.