When paintings have to travel (part 1)

Once purchased, the artworks have to travel all over the world to their new homes. Here’s a look at the different packages.

You have just bought a painting in my online shop. Here’s what the package looks like, and how your painting is protected to arrive intact.

The parcels ready to go 🙂

From the smallest to the largest work of art, from small drawings on paper to large paintings, from canvas on stretcher to painting on wood, and even large rolled pieces, the care taken in making the package is the same. But there are inevitably differences, depending on the size and weight of the piece in question.

Works on paper are usually sent flat

Most of the time, paintings on paper are sent flat. Smaller formats are sent in a reinforced envelope, “Lettre suivie”, by the Post Office. A reinforced envelope is a reinforced kraft or polyethylene envelope. When the paper is thin enough, the work is sent rolled in a rigid transport tube.

Adhesive-sealed, reinforced kraft envelope
A tracked letter in reinforced kraft, ready to leave for the USA
A polythene envelope, which will go to the UK

The larger works are sent by Colissimo, in a cardboard box.

I will describe this type of packaging in detail in the third part of this article…

Package for one medium format canvas 50X50 cm

The tracking number makes it possible to follow the parcel from the time it leaves the workshop until it is delivered to you.

All the artworks are sent with a tracking number, either in Lettre suivie, or in Colissimo, for France and International.

Package for a 130X89 framed canvas, which only fit obliquely in the boot of my car

Depending on their size, the canvases can be sent flat, or rolled in a transport tube.

This transport tube shall be hermetically sealed

To be continued in part 2: in detail, the packaging of works on paper…