Art archiving is characteristically different from other forms of archiving. It requires not only an understanding of the practice of archiving itself but also a rich understanding of art and photography. Dr Niyatee Shinde, who heads our archiving practice has been a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, having trained in the famous Institution's archiving systems.

Why Archive A Collection?

Systematic organisation

Systematic organisation
of a collection

Collections built over a period of time can become very unorganized and tedious to refer to at some point in the future. For this, it is necessary to systematically organize a collection basis the works therein, especially their physical and visual attributes. To do so, the collection needs to be archived by experts, and our learning comes from the Smithsonian.


Preserving a collection
for posterity

If artworks do not undergo periodic upkeep and regular conservation processes, it is natural for them to undergo age-based deterioration. Therefore, it is absolutely critical to archive a collection to ensure that it is maintained as well as it is managed. We also undertake conservation and restoration through our trained team of experts - more information on it can be found here.

creating legacy

Creating a legacy for
future generations

Art collections are an intangible as well as very valuable part of the legacy that is left beind for future generations. Museums and globally renowned art estates were built from archived collections. For this, a well documented and maintained collection is essential. Along with archiving, we also help ascertain the collection's value - more information on it can be found here.

Our Archiving Process

Stage 1

Survey & Assessment

  • Assessment of entire collection to study number,
    nature, and condition works
  • Segregation of works into relevant sets for archive
    creation and project planning purposes

Stage 2

Digitisation & Documentation

  • Visual documentation of works, photography or scanning
    as needed; as well as appropriate code tagging.
  • Post-processing and correction of digital images for archive;
    conservation treatments of art objects as needed.

Stage 3

Storage & Archiving

  • Works are categorzed based on content and context
    and are placed in protective materials after treatment
  • All works are codede and respectively stored in coded
    storage units made from protective acid-free materials

Stage 4

Handover & Training

  • Entire completed archive will be handed over as an
    organised repository in physical and digital formats
  • For future-usage, archive system's records and a
    one-time training of the system will be provided

To know more about how we can help in archiving your collection, please feel free to download our firm profile or contact us.

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To be honest, there is a lot that we really do; and it would have been just too much to put down all of it here. But we understand art. So we know that things can be unique and might need to be customized at times. The same can be the case with what you need help with.

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