Fine Art Removals | Art Storage | Fine Art Shipping by Schepens
Schepens is a 4th-generation, family-owned removals company that was established more than 100 years ago. We are one of the world’s leading removals companies, with a solid reputation for reliability, professionalism, and safety.
Schepens specialises in performing fine art removals and understands the precautions that must be taken when shipping valuable artwork. We have trained our removers to handle sensitive, high-value items extremely carefully.
Schepens has become a popular choice for fine art removals including paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs. Our team has shipped everything from individual pieces through to large collections worth thousands of pounds.
Our fine art removals use specialised packing boxes and the highest quality packing materials. Artworks are packed and labeled in accordance with the strictest standards, ensuring your art remains in pristine condition throughout the journey.
If you require fine art shipping or art storage, contact Schepens on 01794 323558 for an obligation-free quote! You can also read on to learn more about our fine art shipping services.
Fine Art Requires a Specialist Mover
Fine art is highly vulnerable when taken out of a protected environment. Even if it is a new artwork it must be protected with high-quality packing materials and transported very carefully. Schepens follows a very specific process to protect your fine art during a removal:
The initial consultation
One of our move coordinators will meet with you to discuss the removal. They will ask for information regarding:
- Your preferred removal date and arrival window
- Details of the destination
- Preferred transport options — international air freight, international sea freight, international road freight or a combination of the these methods.
- How many pieces of fine art you will be transporting
- The type of fine art being transported (paintings, sculptures, photographs and so on)
- The attributes of each piece of art, including the size, weight and materials
- Special precautions that must be taken in terms of security
If you have any unusual pieces, special arrangements may be required before they can be moved. If you don’t know the size of your artworks, the move coordinator may have to measure them. If you require art storage, the move coordinator will discuss costs and the length of the storage.
The move coordinator will also discuss the available insurance plans and suggest an appropriate plan for fine art shipping. Valuation coverage is available for pieces of fine art that are of substantial value.
You will receive a detailed quote
Schepens will provide you with a highly detailed quote that outlines the specific items being moved, the estimated delivery window and the total cost. Our removal quotes are 100% free and there are no hidden extras.
The move is scheduled and preparations begin
After you accept the quote, Schepens will begin preparing for the move. This preparation includes gathering the appropriate packing materials, preparing crates, and scheduling the removal.
The move commences
Typically, your cargo will be crated up a few days before the removal is scheduled to commence. In some cases, it may be crated up on the day of the move. Each piece is carefully packed to provide maximum protection against vibration, shock and impact. We use custom built wooden crates for highly valuable or fragile pieces.
The cargo is then securely packed into our state-of-the-art removals trucks. Depending on the destination and chosen transportation option, it may be transferred into a shipping container for sea or air transit.
Your dedicated move coordinator will keep you informed about the progress of the removal. Once your cargo arrives, we will carefully remove it from the crates. Our removers will then dispose of any packing materials.
If you have decided to store your fine art with Schepens, it will be placed in one of our highly secure storage facilities.
Why Use Schepens For Fine Art Removals
Schepens is an experienced international removals company that has been performing fine art removals for many decades. We understand the precautions that must be taken when shipping artwork and will ensure your art makes it safely to its destination. Some other reasons to choose Schepens include:
We understand the complexities involved when shipping fine art
Our move coordinators understand the complex logistics involved when shipping fine art internationally. They can help you deal with export documentation, valuation documents, insurance, customs paperwork and LAPADA certification.
Our removers are trained to handle fine art
Schepens employs talented removers who are trained to British Association of Removers standards. These standards dictate how well items should be packed, what kinds of packing materials should be used and much more. Our adherence to these standards ensures your fine art will be packed and transported correctly.
We often handle fine art
Schepens has worked with auction houses, artists, galleries, private collectors and museums. We often handle fine art including paintings, sculptures, and antiquities. The frequency of our contact with fine art and our vast experience makes Schepens a safe option.
We offer art storage
Schepens operates a number of storage facilities around the world. They are very secure storage facilities that are monitored by security 24 hours a day.