ICEFAT is an official, worldwide democratic organization representing 70 of the finest independent art transportation firms from 33 countries. Each member specializes in handling and shipping works of art, artifacts and antiquities for museums, galleries and dealers, corporate and private collectors and the premier auction houses.
See a complete membership list and contact info for the companies here.
What we call ‘Cell Pack’ can be useful when you have a large variety of objects moving via art handler transport. The examples pictured were from a Folk Art collection, packed at the owner’s home. 45 duck decoys. Dozens of toys. Cast iron coffee grinders. Milk pails. 17 lamps with shades. Over 650 objects total. Instead of hundreds of individual boxes, this example uses a ‘standing-divider’ method to secure many different types of objects in the same large container. Cardboard cut to specific dimensions supports consecutive layers, allowing a very dense pack.
Mike Hascall, ARTECH, Seattle
The summer is fleet and nearly out the door, and we are all of us, every single ICEFAT member, ready to take on a new round of challenges and serve as a living reminder why this specialized industry is required. With Brexits and Olympics behind us, we continue to play our part on a global level, not just safeguarding irreplaceable works of art, but as a vital cog in the distribution of education. This is how I like to explain our role as fine art handling companies. There is so much press about the astronomical values of objects both venerable and contemporary, that some might forget art’s purpose is to uplift us from our daily plight. Yes, we often serve the elite and high net worth individuals who thankfully act as patrons to the arts, but we also are engaged in facilitating movement of important and meaningful icons that have not previously been experienced in person by people from disparate regions. We transport…Education.
We have a fantastic gift for the registrar, collections manager and fine arts professional. MITS (The MATERIAL INFORMATION TRANSLATION SITE) is here. Finally, a way to communicate with colleagues worldwide to identify the precise name of a specific archival packing product in the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. More languages could be added in the future.