Having your art appraised for resale can be an exciting time, especially if you've taken a number of precautions to protect the air itself and, in turn, its value. By contrast, the appraisal process is a little more nerve wracking if you know that you haven't done your best to take care of the art. The condition of a piece of art is largely dependent upon its condition. Even if you don't have immediate plans to part with your art, it's in your best interest to adopt a number of different steps that will keep the items protected for years to come.
Have The Art Professionally Framed
While you might be tempted to save a few dollars by buying a mat and a frame at your local general merchandise store and framing the art yourself, it's far better to take it an experienced framer. This expert will know not only how to proceed with frame and mat colors and designs to make your art stand out, but will also use materials that promote longevity. For example, the framer will use acid-free matting that will not harm the quality of the art over time. Additionally, he or she will fit the frame with specialized glass that protects the art's colors from ultraviolet rays.
Hang It In The Right Location
If you plan on displaying your art to enjoy it daily, it's important to take the right approach. Don't simply hang the art on the wall of a room you enjoy spending time in. Art should ideally never be hung in direct sunlight. Even with UV glass, direct sunlight can be detrimental to the condition of the artwork over time. Additionally, the humidity in the room must be suitable. If it's too humid, you risk mildew growth on the canvas. If it's too dry, there's a chance that the art itself could crack. Using humidifiers or dehumidifiers to maintain a humidity of 40 to 55 percent in the room with the art is a must.
Be Smart About Storage
In the case of some art, you'll opt to store it instead of display it. There are a number of schools of thought concerning storage. Some people advocate removing a piece of art from its frame, carefully rolling it and placing it in a padded tube. Another approach is to leave the art in its frame but meticulously wrap it with bubble wrap and place it in an area in which it can't get mistakenly jostled. Whatever careful approach you take, you'll be sure that the art remains in good shape when it's time to take it for an appraisal.
For more information, contact Chicago Appraisers Association or a similar organization.