I’ve written before about what it does to a painting to roll it up. But, just to reinforce the issue, here’s another example. But, for the first time, let me make some interesting points:
1. This painting and the others I’ve shown you on this blog, were rolled up on a small cardboard tube (1 1/2″ – 3 cm)
2. You can avoid a lot of damage if you use a large tube like a Sono Tube from a building contractor materials supplier- 8″ (or 15 -18 cm) diameter. The smaller the diameter, the more the potential damage. They make these tubes for the construction industry upwards towards several feet in diameter. For larger paintings like murals, I use 3 ft and 4 ft diameter tubes (1 mt – 1.30mt).
3. Wrap the painting around the tube as tight as possible, face out.
4. Protect the outside, exposed, paint with wrapping paper, or even better, another tube bigger than the first. If you are wrapping a contemporary painting, perhaps in a mixed media, CALL ME. Most problems I’m called to inspect involve wrapping plastic and paper stuck to the fronts of paintings while in storage or shipping.
Avoid high heat, high humidity, crushing… pack it right the first time… my experience is that you’ll forget about it later and it will be rolled up for a long time.
Here’s a question for you: Can this type of damage be included in an insurance claim? Here are a few points that will influence the answer to this question:
1. Do you have a picture of it before the damage? The insurance company doesn’t want to pay for pre-exisitng conditions.
2. What value is there in the artwork? If there is high value, then an insurance rider may be required.
3. What are the conservation-restoration costs/estimates?
4. Is the damage associated with a disaster? Supplemental insurance may be required for earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and water damage.
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