Family heirlooms and memorabilia have a special “value” that you should consider. This graceful Italian alabaster sculpture is a treasured heirloom from the owner’s mother. It was originally bought in the 1920’s in Florence and was passed down from mother to daughter. Sadly, due to improper packing and storage, the center section broke into several pieces. This greatly upset the owner, as this heirloom was considered very valuable to her.
Damage due to improper packing and storage can be attributed to common sense mistakes. For example, some clients damage pieces when they stack a heavy box on top of delicate items. However, not all potential damage is as easily avoided, and when tricky scenarios occur sometimes you need an expert opinion. When advice is needed for packing and protecting home items, we have found such businesses as The UPS Store are extremely helpful… but don’t scrimp on the packing! Although it may require more time and money to protect your treasured valuables when packing, moving, and storing, it is less expensive than restoration. Keep in mind that extra padding on all sides of a packing box is a cheap alternative to repair and loss of value.
Although it is important to take extra precautions when packing and moving, it is another issue for items on display in your home that can be damaged by various unseen forces (earthquakes, hurricanes… and grandkids!). We recommend using Museum Wax, which is an anchoring wax that can help you avoid damage to collectibles when a building starts to shake. It secures valuable items to the wall, shelves, tables, and more, which means less falling and breaking for art collectors. Once this client’s decorative plate is restored to its previous delicate beauty, she can further protect it for further generations by securing it with Museum Wax. Click here for more info on How-To instructions and Museum Wax: http://tipsforfineartcollectors.org/museum-wax-package/
The lovely alabaster sculpture including the damaged center.
The fragile center piece that was broken due to improper moving and storage.
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