Crown Fine Art raise the roof with installation of giant 17th and 18th century portraits

Crown Fine Art recently partnered with the Amsterdam Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum to install their latest exhibition, Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age, at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Consisting of more than 30 large 17th and 18th century group portraits, from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum and other exhibitions, the permanent exhibition opened on 29 November and has generated huge interest.

Crown Fine Art Netherlands successfully packed, shipped and installed the works of art after overcoming a number of challenges including some of the paintings being too large to handle and pack delicately in the normal manner.

In order to install the portraits into the historical building of the Dutch Hermitage, a part of the roof was lifted. This allowed Crown’s expert handlers to manoeuvre the enormous paintings safely.

Two of the paintings were far too big to be transported in Crown’s trucks so the team organised a flat-bed truck to transport them. The use of a flat-bed truck had to be carefully planned as it meant transporting the works in the open air.
Each crate was made-to-measure and constructed to withstand hoisting forces applied by the rigging gear. The crated paintings weighed approximately 250-500Kg, adding a further challenge.

In total, the project took three weeks to ship and install; and it required intensive cooperation between the museums, Crown Fine Art and technical specialists.

The paintings came mainly from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum, one of the major clients for Crown Fine Art, an integrated international logistics expert which has a presence in countries all over the world, including the UK.