Shipping Basics

Shipping Basics

Whether you’re wrapping up a family heirloom to send to us, returning a fragile purchase to an online shop, or mailing a holiday gift to family, it’s important to pack your art or other delicate property safely and securely to ensure that it makes it to its destination in one piece. Professional art handling and shipping is always preferred and recommended, but there will always be situations when it makes more sense to do it yourself – here’s how to make sure you’re successful.

It's All in the Family: Conserving a Family Tree

It's All in the Family: Conserving a Family Tree

People love to know where they come from. Online family mapping services have become popular in the past few years, used primarily to create “family trees,” a common way to trace genealogical lineage. Historians have traced the “tree” image back to a medieval piece illustrating the Tree of Jesse, used to map the genealogy of Christ. Chinese philosopher Confucius has the longest family tree in the world, more than 80 generations and including over 2 million members. Tracing lineage is emotionally and practically important for any family, so when we received a family tree in for treatment at The Center, we knew how special this would be for the family.

Heading Into Storm Season: Making a Disaster Plan, Part I

Heading Into Storm Season: Making a Disaster Plan, Part I

As summer rolls on, we’re heading closer to “storm season,” the part of the year where several regions of the country are more susceptible to natural disasters. For the next few months, we’ll be walking you through how to make a plan for these kinds of situations, to protect any assets and collections you might have in your home or work.

Preserving a Legacy: Conserving a Portrait of Marshall Field II

Preserving a Legacy: Conserving a Portrait of Marshall Field II

At The Conservation Center, we love hearing the stories our clients share about their artworks, and learning more about family histories. This was certainly true in the case of a portrait that was recently treated by our Painting Department. The sitter in the portrait is Marshall Field II, and the piece was brought to us for conservation treatment by his great-grandson, Marshall Field V.

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