Crating With Care: How to Ship Large Fragile Antiques

Antiques Diva® clients often spot a fabulous piece – or pieces – perfect for their latest interior design project, or exactly what they need in their antique shop. But the question is:

How can I possibly ship that home without it getting broken! 

At AD&CO Logistics, that’s our specialty: we know how to ship large fragile antiques and art purchase from Europe to their final destination whether that’s across town, across the border or across the ocean. With over 50 years expertise in international shipping, AD&CO Logistics makes the impossible possible. On a recent buying Belgium Antiques Diva buying trip our clients spotted these beauties at an antique dealer’s in Brussels, snatched them up… and left the shipping to us!

Large, fragile antique statue, columns and urns require a crane to be removed from the Brussel dealer’s shop. How to ship large fragile antiques: In the shop - Crating, packing and shipping antique statuary

The pieces are carefully transported to AD&CO Logistics warehouses in Amsterdam. 

At an Antiques Dealer in Brussels: Crating, packing and shipping antique statuary

At AD&CO Logistics warehouse, the pieces are carefully packed in custom crates for shipping to the US. 

AD&CO Logistics warehouse: Crating, packing and shipping antique statuary

Smaller pieces are individually wrapped for shipment. 

Smaller pieces packed at AD&CO Logistics: Crating, packing and shipping antique statuary

Large pieces are packed in custom crates for shipment.

AD&CO International Shipping: Custom crating, packing and shipping antique statuary and columns


How to ship large fragile antiques: Custom crating, packing and shipping antique statuary and columns for international shipping by AD&CO Logistics

Crating, packing and shipping antique statuary and columns by AD&CO Logistics international shipping


AD&CO Logistics - International Antiques ShippingThe Antiques Diva & Co® is pleased to offer art and antiques shipping services from Europe to destinations around the globe. AD&CO has partnered with a premier international shipping company with 50 years expertise in shipping services. Your AD&CO Logistics shipping concierge will personally manage all facets of your shipment including collecting your goods from the dealers, tracking your inventory and payments, cross-referencing your tags, packing, complete all export/import paperwork and monitor your shipment’s progress from the time we receive your goods until they are delivered to you; and keep you advised of the status of your shipment.

Our international shipping services provide the options of:

∗ full 20 or 40ft containers or partial containers (LCL: Less Container Loads)
∗ door-to-door shipping
∗ port-only shipping
∗ independent or shared location shipping

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Leave the Shipping to AD&CO Logistics! 
Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva 


Protecting la Table de Vendange: How to Pack and Crate Antiques

Antiques Diva Shipping Services

AD&CO Logistics - international fine arts and antiques shippingWhen purchasing valuable, one-of-a-kind or fragile antiques or art, one of the first questions our clients ask is how to pack and crate antiques for international shipping. In addition to The Antiques Diva & Co in-house, turnkey antiques shipping services AD&CO Logistics, we also offer antique warehousing and shipping liaison services, and work on your behalf with your shipper to meet your transportation needs.

This gorgeous table was purchased by an Antiques Diva antique buying tour client who contracted AD&CO Logistics to pack and crate it for international shipment, along with her other purchases.

la Vendange: Antique French Wine Tasting Table

The wine tasting table had the following specifications:

  • antique French wine tasting table with tilt-top
  • 86cm diameter x 67cm height 
  • 10 kg weight
  • traveling from Europe to the US
  • prepare for international shipment
  • to be picked up by client’s transport company

This beautiful antique French wine tasting table was purchased on an Antiques Diva buying tour.

Fragile, valuable and one-of-a-kind pieces are carefully cushioned and protected for international transport. Our AD&CO Logistics expert team carefully built a custom crate to protect the table from damage during shipment.

Our team of international shipping experts have been packing, crating and shipping antiques for over 50 years, to destinations around the globe.

Our shipping concierges understand you have unique needs and requirements. We will work with you to provide a solution to your international shipping needs. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about international shipping.

The crate is wrapped tightly in a special black foil to protect it from rain damage during transport.

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When you’re traveling overseas and shopping for antiques you have a few options on how to ship antiques home from abroad. In addition to Antiques Diva shipping services, here are some other ways to ship antiques home from abroad. For more information on Antiques Diva tours and services, see our FAQs.

Happy Shipping!

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva