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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/

Corporate Collections Basics: Step 1

We at Bernard Fleischer & Sons, Inc  /Art Insurance Now, provides corporations and businesses with insurance coverage for their corporate fine art collections. This coverage protects the Art collection from physical loss or damage including breakage, vandalism, theft, and damage or loss while on display or in storage at company locations or warehouse while in transit and while on loan to institution, gallery or exhibition.

Coverage highlights include:

  • Competitive rates
  • Appraisal Option forms
  • Deductible options
  • Placement of insurance with “A” rated admitted carriers
  • Broad blanket coverage policy’s for large fine art collections
  • Certificates of Insurance issued as evidence of coverage
  • Premium payment options at no additional charge

Basic Fine Arts Coverage

Even our most basic coverage provides solid protection. It features:

  • Broad, worldwide protection
  • Scheduled or blanket limits for both owned collections and loaned items
  • Domestic and international transits

Enhanced Fine Arts Coverage

Most of the policies included extra or specific protection. These enhance the basic coverages in many ways like:

  • Registration Papers and Records
  • Special clauses for “Loss Buy Back” and “Pairs and Sets”
  • Furniture and Fixture, integral to the Fine Art display

To obtain a quotation, please provide the following:

Call now: William Fleischer CIC  212 566-1881 ext 111

APPLICATIONS:

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

Travelers Fine art and museums policies

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Fine art and museums

Travelers understand the passion that people who manage collections have for their objects. They offer unparalleled coverage and services for our fine art customers, whether it is a cultural institution, a large corporate collection or the dealers and galleries who represent this industry.

As a U.S.-based insurer, their financial strength allows us to offer limits that meet the needs of small institutions and galleries as well as major accounts requirements. Our capabilities extend to managing domestically-based accounts with international exposures. They work with you on many aspects of your account – from the collections to the property that houses the art.

Collections

Broad fine art coverage is available for corporate collections of fine art, or for artwork and collectibles in commercial settings. A wide-ranging spectrum of paintings, sculptures, prints and multiples, and specialized collections of historical, cultural or technological significance can be insured.

  • Coverage is available at a permanent location, in transit or while loaned to others
  • Our agreed value fine art policy addresses the needs for that collection, while also making other important coverages available (e.g., breakage, pairs, and sets coverage, flood, and earthquake)

Museums

Museum coverage is available for a myriad of institutions such as those for art, history, natural history, sports, and science and technology. Large and small venues, educational facilities, regional collections and specialized institutions – such as aviation and automobile museums – are among our policyholders.

  • Integral coverage components include art at scheduled locations, on exhibition, in transit, or on loan to other organizations
  • We provide coverage options for museum-owned property or the property of others for which the policyholder is legally liable

Galleries

The diversity in the gallery community gives us the opportunity to personalize coverage and service offerings.

  • We work with you on your needs for specialized transit, art fairs, and exhibitions
  • We help you manage the risk exposures at your gallery and storage locations

Other associated businesses

We also work with specialized fine art shippers and operations that manage other components of this industry (e.g., art handling, crating, storage).

Services

The Inland Marine Network has developed a circle of risk control consultants, and a claim team and theft investigators who are well-versed in the particulars of valuation and restoration issues that are so important to the overall mission of the fine art community. Risk Control works on management practices and location risk analysis. Our Claim team also has a group who specializes in art so they can fully support this industry. The Specialty Investigations Group helps in theft protection consultations and assists in theft recoveries.

For more information and a fast, free quote visit us at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com

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

TIPS FOR ADEQUATE COVERAGE OF YOUR FINE ART by Fine Art Registry

 

 1. Take inventory of your valuables

This means going through these steps to register each of the items in your collection with the Fine Art Registry™ which automatically requires that you photograph and describe each item and makes a permanent record of this in a central database.

 

2. Get an appraisal

Get an appraisal of your most valuable items. This will require consulting with an accredited appraiser. Make sure you hold on to the appraisal and any other documents that show the value of your collection. And, if an item needs repair and preservation, find a conservator. (Fine Art Registry™ services will soon offer the ability to digitally upload supporting documents, such as appraisal reports to its database upon registration. This will also allow for the updating of yearly appraisals as may be required by insurance carriers.)

 

3. Understand what your homeowner’s policy covers.

 Compare the coverage to your homeowner’s policy to understand the value of the extra coverage.

4. Discuss with your agent

Work with an insurance agent to figure out the right type of insurance for your collection. Discuss with your agent  any additional art services your insurer may offer along with the insurance policy.

5. Study the blog.

Study the Blog sections of this article which help you distinguish between insurers and we can help you find the one that is most suited to your particular needs.

www.ArtInsuranceNow.Com  call 800-921-1008

 

 

AXA Art Insurance Highlights of Coverages

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AXA distinguishes itself
as the only insurance company specializing exclusively in fine arts and collectibles. It employs 50 full-time art historians around the world and has an extensive network of art-world specialists including curators, appraisers, adjusters, conservators, tax attorneys and shipping agents specializing in the arts and collectibles. AXA serves all clients, from the first time collector to the most established collectors. The company is a co-founder of the international Art Loss Register.

 

AXA offers:

 • Broad, all-risk worldwide coverage.

• Large and small capacity insurance.

• Blanket location coverage.

• Automatic coverage on a newly acquired property of up to 25% of total policy limit within a 90-day reporting obligation.

• Claims processing.

 

Art Services:

• Evaluations that assess the current market values of clients’ collections.

• Loss prevention advice and disaster planning.

• Transportation, shipping, and handling consultation.

• Fine art collection schedules (inventory and values of all items in your collection).

• Curatorial and collection management services.

Call discuss your Insurance Needs; 800-921-1008

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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