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California sponsors an earthquake drill every year called the Great California ShakeOut, which was this week. https://www.shakeout.org/california/
Your attention on protecting items important and valuable to you that, perhaps, cannot be insured will be of great benefit to your peace of mind. and future generations if the items are of importance to family history. Here are 5 tips to protect and save art, antiques, collectibles and memorabilia
If you implement measures to protect furnishings, collectibles, artwork from damage in an earthquake, your insurance company MAY decrease your insurance premium.
5 Tips to Protect and Save
Art, Antiques, Collectibles and Memorabilia
Fine Art Conservation Laboratories
Does your home or office have paintings hanging on the wall? Or maybe sports memorabilia near your desk? They could be in danger of being damaged in the next earthquake… or even worse, they could come flying off the wall and hit someone!
If you live in an earthquake zone, chances are you have experienced at least a tremor or a small earthquake. When it turns into a serious shaker, you will be in danger if the pieces around the office are not completely secured on the wall. If you have your paintings or sports memorabilia held onto the wall with just a nail it will not suffice in a bigger earthquake… like the one “they” are practicing for in The Great California Shake Out this last week
The painting in this interesting 57 second educational video for collectors, for example, fell off the wall when the house began to shake in Santa Barbara (the screw holding the wire pulled out of the frame). Besides putting huge holes in the painting and causing original paint loss (and frame damage) it completely shattered the heads of the Chinese statues worth $10,000’s.
While this accident caused $50,000.00 of damage and loss of value (insurance covered it), a cherished irreplaceable heirloom would have been a heart breaker… BUT TOTALLY AVOIDABLE!!!
Here is an earthquake fact: Notice in the photos of the earthquake damage that you see on the news and/or the Internet that not all homes, building etc are completely destroyed. Yes, there is an epicenter that gets hit hard. But not even all the buildings in the critical area get hit hard… and there are millions of people in the surrounding areas that are “just” rattled. Not only could something flying around the room be dangerous, losing treasure family/personal items and be heartbreaking. IT ALWAYS PAYS TO PREPARE in order to:
- Keep things from flying around in the air during the earthquake for personal safety
- Protect important historical items
- Save financially valuable items
- Protect and save emotionally valuable items
- Know ahead of time what will impact your home of business if you lose it.
If you take these easy steps, you can worry about your safety during a disaster instead of grandma’s favorite floral vase.
Surprisingly, an easy, fast, do-it-yourself anchoring technique can save you in all of these five needs of being protected mentioned above… in all of these problem areas… this will help you BIG TIME! Here’s 1:30 sec quick fun interesting video: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
Do you have art collection care questions? Call Scott Haskins 805 564 3438
Art and antiques appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate at 805 895 5121
Here is a real life testimonial…
Thanks for writing such a good article on the Italian earthquake. I was glad to read it and send it on to friends—some of them in Italy!
We do take many of the precautions you mentioned in your article and book including having earthquake insurance in Indiana. The New Madrid fault rumbles here every once in a while and after living in CA we would never take a chance. Just last year we had a small quake that rattled all my antiques and would have broken quite a few items in a pottery collection. But we bought some Museum Wax when we visited my sister in San Diego in December. David had installed Plexiglas in the front of the open case. Plus we have wires on many bookshelves. Thanks for your tips and coaching. It pays to be prepared! All my best, Lynda
More about Fine Art Conservation Laboratories
Do you have artwork that has flaking paint or is dirty or has yellowed varnish or is rippled or distorted or has been ripped or is stained or moldy or cracking (hopefully, not ALL of those problems all on the same painting!!)? We are happy to discuss with you on the phone or at your house or office any questions you may have about the condition of your artwork… and we know all your questions (and the answers) before you ask them. “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” Scott M. Haskins, Principle, has been active professionally since 1975 and the other two painting conservators have been 1st class quality veterans for decades.
Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL, Inc. Est. 1986) provides on-location consultations and pick up/delivery professional fine art restoration services for someone who has inherited… or found a treasure, the avid collector, the weekend art dealer or professionally oriented collections. FACL is also recognized and well known nationwide and internationally for art restoration work on murals. Art storage and other related services are also available in association with the art conservation lab and services. FACL offers specialized services for art related items affected by natural and home disasters.
The FACL 5,000 sq ft. painting conservation facility is well equipped for work on your single, small family heirloom or for large projects (both in size and in numbers of items as a result of a disaster, for example). A very large 12’ hot table aids in the consolidation and stabilizing treatments. In addition, 5,000 sq. ft is available for large projects and art storage. This allows for timely response to insurance claims needs and for disaster response contracts for collections and special projects. While most mural projects are done on location, murals that have been removed from their walls are often worked on in our facilities. Easy truck access and large roll up freight doors make handling regular shipments safer and make larger shipments possible. Let’s talk about your questions! 805 564 3438 or FACLOfficeManager@gmail.com
On location projects and mural conservation services have been a focus of Scott M. Haskins since working in Italy in 1975. Both small projects and very large public art projects are of interest (both historical and contemporary). Renown for excellent quality work, resolving difficult problems and managing very large projects, over 450 murals have been worked on in many of the states of the USA.
Background and Personnel
Scott M. Haskins (1975-1978) graduated from the Italian government – Lombardy Region (ENAIP) 3 year master’s degree level painting conservation program run in conjunction with the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (ICR) in Rome (the national center). Additional professional training was obtained in the field of art on paper with senior art conservator, Joe Nkruma from the Kunst Museum, Bern Switzerland; polarizing microscopy training from the McCrone Institute, Chicago Il; techniques for treatments on oversized paintings workshops in Italy and those organized through the American Institute for Art Conservation (NY, Toronto). See website for additional background material, Murals Capabilities Statement, Consultation Capabilities Statement, Expert Witness Capabilities,
Click here for mural capability statement: https://www.FineArtConservationLab.com/mural/
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Key Professionals and Specialized Personnel
Ms. Virginia Panizzon, veteran art conservator, has more than 20 years of experience on all aspects of painting conservation treatments and full-time professional commitment. Brooke Hendershott and Sarah Favret assist the art conservators and are trained conservation technicians with extensive experience in art conservation treatments including on site services, art cataloging, art handling/transport, disaster response services. Ms. Gena Dillon (Business Manager, Office Comptroller and Logistics) contributes valuable support services and Flora Arguilla MBA oversees our satellite operations in Las Vegas and oversees media duties. Several other very experienced, professional, specialized, conservator associates and technicians assist the FACL art conservators and techs on a project-by-project basis. On large projects (like murals or disaster response clean up), a network of specialized professional, very experienced, qualified associates have always been part of our team since 1978.
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