GREAT TIPS FOR YOUR TREASURES
First in a Series on Enjoying and Preserving Works of Art
of art and collectibles beautify your home and life,
serving as a continual source of contemplation and inspiration.
They are important financial investments as well as a lasting
testament to your interests and taste as a collector. Whether
your passion is for paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture or
decorative arts, your collections deserve comprehensive, museum-quality
care. At Thomas & Associates, we've been helping museums,
corporations and private individuals build and preserve collections
with our decades of experience.
The following tips and methods will help you
ensure that your works of art are protected, documented and displayed
to their best advantage and enjoyed for years to come.
TIP #1: Be Prepared
Create a file and gather all the information you know about a
piece: from the bill of sale, provenance, media and materials
used, to the name and date of the artist/maker, dimensions of
the work, and the details of similar works in other collections.
Have your work of art or collectible photographed, appraised and
insured. Keep your documentation in a safe place, perhaps with
a copy off-site, in case of theft or emergencies.
#2: Blinded by the Light
A bright alcove may bring out the hues of an antique watercolor,
but it may also bleach those colors out of the work itself very
rapidly. The effects of light can cause permanent darkening or
fading of your piece. Always avoid direct sunlight when considering
a place for paintings, drawings, photographs, or fine carpets
and tapestries. Artificial light poses its own threats when small
lights are mounted directly on picture frames. The visual result
may be dramatic, but the light and heat from bulbs can cause serious
damage. Framing and glazing works with UV-filtered glass or Plexiglas
- and lighting them indirectly are best.
#3: No Dust Storms, Cold Fronts
or Heat Waves
Hang works on interior rather than exterior walls and avoid displaying
them near heat ducts, radiators and drafty areas. Works of art
"breathe" like you do, continually taking in and releasing
moisture. Drastic fluctuations in temperature and humidity can
cause serious damage to works on paper, rare books and furniture
glazes and finishes. Your ancestors' portraits may look grand
above the library mantel, but your descendants will thank you
for displaying them in temperature- stable, smoke-free environments.
Different types of art and collectibles from
different periods have different needs. Let the experts at Thomas
& Associates give your collection the detailed attention it
We can assist you with every aspect of your
collection è from advice on what to collect and how to begin;
where to purchase specific pieces; how to frame, install and care
for your treasures; or how to donate or leave works of art to
Let us help you create and preserve a legacy.
To learn more about our museum-quality services for
art collectors, call Geri Thomas or David Griffin at 212.779.7059.