The Gentle Relocation of a Thousand Pound Woman

The types of things that keep art dealers up at night are probably a bit different than other businesses. One of the most hair raising for me is moving large statuary. And this would include a marble sculpture from 1871 by William Henry Rinehart which we needed to move from our private gallery over to our new retail gallery in Hudson, NY.  Our gala opening exhibition Panorama – 250 Years of American Art was slated to feature this lovely and near pristine work, so moving day inevitably arrived. And while I didn’t sleep particularly well the night before, on the morning of our move the Woman of Samaria and I were in good spirits.

My friend and I get ready for our journey to Hudson...

My friend and I get ready for our journey to Hudson…

One of the most important things about moving works of art successfully is deciding WHO to utilize. Our friends at Naglee Fine Art & Moving have done many fine  jobs for us over the years, and we called upon them once again for their help. A large truck, a support van, and 4 strong men arrived at our door and got to work. A runway for “takeoff” was laid down, and the art of moving art commenced.

Runway in place...

Runway in place…

The proper tools help, such as a hydraulic lift platform dolly...

The proper tools help, such as a hydraulic lift platform dolly…

Getting the work carefully off the base, packed, and moved to the truck took the better part of two hours. Marble, while seemingly a strong medium, can be surprisingly delicate if handled in the wrong way on the wrong part.

Gently "Scootching" her off the base...

Gently “Scootching” her off the base…

Safely wrapped and ready for takeoff to the truck.

Safely wrapped and ready for “takeoff”…

The custom built crate awaited our heroine at the truck, and she fit snugly inside for the journey.

Crate awaits...

Crate awaits…

Three hours later…in Hudson, NY…a truck arrives and a landing field is created in our gallery.

Landing runway...

Landing runway…

The original marble base is in place, awaiting the return of the Woman of Samaria.

The base anxiously awaits its temporarily disappeared old friend...

The base anxiously awaits its temporarily disappeared old friend…

And here she comes!

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The unveiling...

The unveiling…

Finally an art dealer can get a good night’s sleep. The Woman of Samaria by William Henry Rinehart has safely arrived in her new digs. We’re delighted to have her with us here in Hudson!

Quietly waiting for the gallery lights to turn on...

Quietly waiting for the gallery lights to turn on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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