Category Archives: Art Insurance

What is Conversion exclusion in a fine art, Antique, Jewelry policy

The Story;

A collector or Museum consigns a work to a dealer to sell.  The dealer does his job and sells the work, but does not pay the Collector or Museum.  This is now considered a loss of property and if your current policy does not address this type of loss you may not have coverage.

Now if the consignment date has expired and the dealer is not willing to return the work, in many incidences this would be classified as theft and be covered by your fine arts policy.

For more information on Conversion Exclusion call us at 1.800.921.1008, visit our website at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com or fill out one of the applications below for a fast and easy quote.

APPLICATIONS:

Art Dealers
Artist Transit/Exhibition/Studio Insurance
Auctioneers
Conservators/Restorers
Personal Collections
Exhibitions
Museum Collections
Business Owners Liability

How Important is my advice

I have been in the insurance business for over 35 years. The experience and situations I have encountered are many. When it comes to protecting your Assets, there are many variables which one must consider. Not all policies have the same terms and conditions.

Possible Exclusions are many, Earthquake, Flood, Named storms, Mold, Water, Theft from premises. Terrorism, other than Named locations, while in Transit, etc.

Conditional: vary too. Alarm warranties, Shipping, and packaging, Schedules, Unscheduled, appraisals. Notifications for removal from storage, vaults, when loaned at exhibitions, travel outside the continental USA. reporting form,

Valuations: variables are, Agreed amount, Appraisal value, percentage less sale price, percentage plus consignment, Onus of Proof.

Sub-limits: Bouillon, Jewelry, Electronics

Territory restriction, World wide, continental USA,

Deductibles: $1,000, 2,500, 5,000, 25,000, 100,000

Payment Plans: Direct Bill< Credit Card, Wire transfer, Check and Cash.

Insurance Company: Admitted. Non-admitted, Risk Retention Group, Foreign, AM Best Ratings

The above are just a few items which are negotiated during the process.  I like to speak to all my customers to get a sense of what they situations are and how to protect them from a financial loss.

Not everything is ever covered by a policy, most can be.  I have found many different niches which companies give very good policies, service, and prices.

Work with me and you can feel the importance of working with a human who can relate to your Insurance exposures.

www.artinsurancenow.com

William G. Fleischer, CIC

President,

Bernard Fleischer & Sons, Inc.

http://www.artinsurancenow.com/

How to insure an Artist Estate?

This week, I insured an individual who was left with over 2 million worth of Art from an artist. There were over 1,000 works on paper, 600+ works on canvas. It is in the process of being cataloged and photographed. There were no appraisals since it’s in the gathering portfolio stage.
The call was triggered because some of the work was going to be exhibited and they wanted to protect the Art.

I recommended using the collector’s application instead of the Dealer application.  The main difference is how the settlement option works.  As a collector, you will be paid for the Art at Fair Market Value and as a dealer, it will be 30% less of the sale price.

Call me 212-566-1881 ext 111

William Fleischer, CIC

 

APPLICATIONS:

Art Dealers
Artist Transit/Exhibition/Studio Insurance New Program
Auctioneers
Conservators/Restorers
Corporate Collections
Personal Collections
Exhibitions
Museum Collections
Business Owners Liability

Collectors Insurance

Bid Bonds

We represent Insurance Companies to make it easy for you to protect the things you collect.

Homeowners insurance alone does not provide enough coverage for your clients’ treasured items. That’s why our collectibles program is the perfect complement to your standard personal lines products. It enables you to protect the full collector value of your collections in the event of a total loss.

Designed specifically for collectors, our all-risk policy not only protects against accidental breakage, hurricane, flood, earthquake, fire, and theft – it also protects the packaging and accessories of collectibles. Plus, our optional Collectors’ Choice coverage provides your clients who are actively growing, displaying, or occasionally using their collection with the added level of protection they need to fully enjoy their hobby.

We offer deductible options (including zero deductible), rate options and discounts, and multiple collections in the household can all be covered by the same policy. Appraisals are not required to obtain this valuable, stand-alone coverage.

We’ll consider all types of collections including*:

Advertising Memorabilia Die Cast Model Cars/Trucks Pottery & Collector Plates
Animation Art Dolls Prints (limited editions)
Automotive Memorabilia Figurines Quilts (antique/collectible)
Books (rare) Guns (pre and post WWII) Radios/Victrolas
Cameras (antique/collectible) Holiday Collectibles Sports Memorabilia
Carousel Animals Jukeboxes/Upright Arcade Games Stamps
Ceramics Military Memorabilia Teddy Bears
Clocks (antique/collectible) Miniatures & Doll Houses Toys & Action Figures
Crystal/Glass Model Trains & Layouts Trading Cards
Comic Books Movie Memorabilia Wine & Accessories
Coins Musical Instruments and much more! 

* Contact us regarding other unique collections at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com, or call 1.800.921.1008

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Mom and Dad Lend Art Collection to Family members or Institutions

Lately, I have been receiving requests to insure living trust assets that are at various family members homes.

Usually, I write a one-shot transit policy from the parents home to the new locations. I have been able to insure the Art collection maintaining the control of ownership.

Most Insurance policies exclude or limit property of others in the Care, Custody, and Control of the Named Insured.

By working with the variables, I satisfy estate attorneys concern of not properly covering these assets while they are still in trust or in preparation to be gifted.

Complete the Collectors Application for a quote. http://www.artinsurancenow.com/

Artist who Exhibits… Read further.

artists-expenses

I have been working with many artists who have opportunities to exhibit in venues where the venue only offers the space but not the Insurance for the Art installed.

Many times as I interview these Artists, I find out the Artwork limits requested and the time period required will trigger the policy minimum premium of $1,000.

Being that I care about artists and the expenses they go through I explain for the same cost, Insurance is available to cover Artwork in the studio, in storage, while in transit and while the Art is at exhibitions.

Call me at 1.800.921.1008 to find out how you can protect your artwork or fill out the artist application here at www.artinsurancenow.com

William G. Fleischer CIC

Bernard Fleischer & Sons

 

Protecting your Paintings

I have been issuing Fine Art Insurance policies for many collectors who recently purchased work for their collection. The prices range from $280.00 up to $500, I have been including the transit coverage from the gallery to the home.

I even wrote one from Italy to Washington, no deductible. It’s also important, to include the frame, under the description part of the policy. If this is not written in the schedule description, then only the work will be covered.

This is a little fine line, I just discovered. I am always watching out for the benefit of the collector, it’s all about properly insuring, knowing your exclusions, hedge your financial downside and most of all, enjoying the Art. www.artinsurancenow.com

What are Chubb’s Policies like?

Chubb is known for their high-Value Homeowners, In many cases, you can include your Art on these Policies, Chubb offers stand-alone coverage policies, even though if your homeowner’s policy is with another company.

Are your valuables worth more than $1,000 (per item)? More than $5,000? Then Chubb says they are the company for you with
their Masterpiece Valuable Articles Coverage. Fine art insurance is inexpensive, generally running from one to two cents per $100 in valuation, depending on location and type of Art. “Price is not the issue in fine art insurance. The scope of coverage, conditions, and limitations along with fine arts expertise are the key factors to consider.

What Chubb offers:
• Itemized coverage
– allows you to determine the insured value
of each of your possessions. In the event of a total covered loss of an item, you will receive 100% of the insured value, with no deductible, and no depreciation.

• 150% replacement cost
– provides safeguards for items that appreciate. If the market value (before the loss) of an item lost or damaged in a covered loss is greater than the itemized amount listed on the policy, they will pay the market value up to 150% of
the itemized coverage amount for the item.

• Breakage protection
– coverage for breakage or damage to fragile items is automatically included.

• Coverage for “mysterious disappearance
– Chubb provides coverage when valuable items are lost or misplaced, especially when they disappear away from the home. Many homeowners policies don’t cover this.

Worldwide coverage
– valuables are automatically covered wherever taken, anywhere in the world.

• Appraisal
– Chubb does not require an appraisal for every piece that you itemize. For most possessions, they need a description of the item and a value. They generally require an appraisal only for fine art worth more than $100,000, jewelry worth more than $50,000, and any other item valued over $25,000.

Coverage for pairs and sets
– If a piece of an itemized pair or set (like earrings or a set of silver) is lost or damaged in a covered loss, you have the option to provide them with the remaining piece(s), and will receive the coverage amount for the entire set.

Cash settlement
– You are not required to replace itemized valuables in the event of a loss. You can choose a cash settlement, or replace your valuables at the dealer of your choice.

Coverage of newly acquired items
– If a new item is acquired and you already have similar articles insured with itemized coverage, the new item is automatically covered for 90 days for up to 25% of the total itemized coverage for those similar articles (maximum $50,000).

Chubb also has an outstanding claims reputation. We are one of the largest fine art insurers in the world and insure many collections of top art collectors.
To receive a quote follow the link and complete the application for a collector.

www.artInsurnceNow.com

tel: 212 566-1881

 

 

What Travelers has to say About Art Insurance

Inland Marine — Fine art
What it covers

Travelers offer unparalleled coverage for the protection of scheduled fine art items. Coverage for such fine art is available at a permanent location, in transit or while loaned to others. Our Agreed Value Fine Arts Policy ensures that fine art collections are insured under a form that addresses the needs for that collection, while also making breakage coverage, special pairs and sets coverage, and flood and earthquake coverage available.

For significant corporate collections of fine art, or for artwork and collectibles in commercial settings, we offer comprehensive fine art coverage under which a broad spectrum of paintings, sculptures, prints and multiples, and more specialized collections of historical, cultural or technological significance can be insured.
Who needs it

Corporations and commercial accounts may have valuable works of art not specially covered as fine art under standard package policies that can be insured under our fine art coverage.

Art Collection Insurance

Art Collection Insurance

Consultation for fine art, collectibles and personal property management.

Bernard Fleischer & Sons have developed a unique, valuable service for collectors, other high net worth individuals and families. We review with you or your Art Consultant, Curator, or Family member alternative coverage options. We can introduce ways to help assure that your insurance coverage is always up to date and as responsive as possible. William Fleischer, CIC is a highly knowledgeable and experienced professional. His New York-based network has access to appraisers, trust, and estate advisors, dealers, and attorneys.

Our focus is on individual, family and corporate needs. Our client confidentiality is very important to a long-term relationship.
As one of New York’s oldest brokerage firms, we work with the best Insurance companies in the business.

Let us protect you and help design the appropriate protection for your collectibles:

•Fine art and antiques
•Musical instruments
•Rare books
•Jewelry
•Photographs
•Sculpture
•Art glass
•Porcelains
•Stamps
•Antique silver
•Auction Houses
•Dealers
•Exhibitions
•Fine Art Packers and Shippers
•Galleries
•Museums
•Private Collectors and Corporate Collections
•Stately Homes
•University libraries and collections
•Vintage Cars

Art Insurance Now, AXA, Chubb, Chartis, Markel, and Travelers all have a history of working with:
auction house experts, dealers, trust and estate advisors & attorneys.
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  • Obtaining specialized appraisers
  • Inventory management systems and cataloging
  • Specialized shippers, warehouses, restorers
  • Working with galleries and auction houses

For more information and to fill out an application for a fast free quote visit us at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com or call 1.800.921.1008