It is always best to display items on interior dividing walls rather than on outer perimeter walls that experience greater climatic variations. Items should also be kept away from fireplaces (where they can be affected by not only temperature changes but also smoke and soot), air conditioning or heating vents, and bathrooms or other areas with warm running water...
For those collectors reading this blog, ACE has an informative paper outlining the strategies one should take upon realizing their hobby has become a full-time investment. It discusses not only the tribulations of damaged artwork and strategies for protecting your investments, situations we at The Conservation Center handle daily, but additionally artwork valuation, the schematics of investing and the problems of verifying a piece’s authenticity. While just a brief introduction to any of these weighty matters, it remains a solid reference for the uninitiated, and a point from which the curious can uncover further information.
This article details some of the most important considerations for preserving your art collection, including: temperature and humidity, location, lighting, framing, handling, storage, cleaning, pests, and other environmental hazards.
When a piece of furniture is made, definite features influence the original cost. The quality of construction materials, crafting techniques, and the number of decorated surfaces contribute to its original value, and have considerable influence on the current market price, as well.