FAQ about our Artist’s Insurance Policy

It’s important to be specific, especially when it comes to art insurance issues. You are expected to know exactly what is covered or not, when your coverage can be used, and what your responsibilities are in the event of a loss or a claim.

Insurance terms can be difficult to decipher, and problems can arise when you don’t quite understand what the words or phrases are describing.

The good news is Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc. (ArtInsuranceNow.com) makes your policy easy to understand because we speak to our clients in plain English. Once you get a better handle on what your policy covers, you’ll feel more confident knowing your art is well protected.

Q. I notice that the words COMMERCIAL INLAND MARINE is on my policy.

If I buy the Insurance Policy, who is my broker and who is the company, Bernard Fleischer and Sons Inc. or Commercial Inland Marine?

A. We are the brokers (Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc.) and the type of policy is a commercial inland marine.  It’s the insurance industry wording for the type of policy that covers your art

Q. I read this exclusion on my policy and I don’t understand this point:
  1. Property Not Covered

Property while on exhibition at fairgrounds or on the premises of any national or international exposition, unless this coverage is added by endorsement and an additional premium is paid.

Does it mean that I’m not covered if I buy the Insurance?

A. Fairgrounds is not an Art-Fair. Art-Fairs are covered by this policy. Fairgrounds is a World Expo, World Fair, State Fair type of venue.

Q. My policy reads this about shipments:

‘Shipments by mail unless by registered first class mail or parcel post provided, however, such shipments by parcel post shall not exceed the sum of $1,000 in value nor the sum of $25,000 in value by registered first class mail. However, in no event shall we be liable for more than the Transit limit stated in the Declarations page.’

Does it mean that if I use Fed-ex or UPS or USPS, I’m not covered? I don’t really understand this.

A. USPS regular mail has bad experiences with shipping art.  Sending art just by registered mail is not recommended, hence limited values apply. Art sent by Fed Ex and UPS is fine and the full limit of $100,000 applies.

Q. I have already paid for an Insurance policy, but they don’t cover me for International transit and International exhibition. So that’s why I need a complementary policy, but I want to be sure to be covered for my specific needs:

– International transport, in my case it will be from NY to Paris

– an international exhibition, in my case in Paris (France). An exhibition which is to last 6 months to a year.

I understand that If I buy the Artist policy I will be covered for these specific needs, as the territory is worldwide, right? 

A. That is correct. I would rethink keeping the other policy unless its just covering your personal belongings or Liability. Our policy covers your art, art in progress, materials, tools, equipment and research library.

Q. For limits of Liability, I suppose that Paris is a covered location?

A. That is correct. For the full $100,000.

  1. Please, could you clarify?

A.  ‘covered location’ is in the studio where the art is created, this is where the tools, materials and reference library are covered.

The ‘unnamed location’ is everywhere else, including Paris, storage facilities, galleries, even our offices 😉 Anywhere in the world, except countries without a trade agreement with the USA.

 

In conclusion, there are many different situations when it comes to risk management in the art community and we have the experience and know how to help you protect your art.

We are the trusted one-stop insurance for the art community. If you have any questions of your own we are available to answer them via Live Chat on our website at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com or give us a call at 800.921.1008 we are always happy to help. You can also read some of our customer reviews on Google here.

 

 

Business Insurance Basics

You may not be able to protect against all the risks your business faces, but you can manage some of them with business insurance. This is what a business owner’s policy, or BOP, is designed to help you do.

Risk comes with the territory when you run a small business. Negative cash flow, personnel issues, accidents on your premises, fire or flood — these are just a few of the risks that can disrupt the stability of your business. One lawsuit or catastrophic event can be enough to set your business back and may even force you to close your doors.

Business Owner’s Policy: Designed for Small Business Owners

A BOP is a policy designed specifically for the needs and budget of small business owners, and the risks they commonly face. BOPs bundle two types of protection in a single policy — commercial property and general liability insurance — which allows providers to sell them for less than two policies sold separately.

BOPs are also customizable. You can add on coverages to tailor a policy to the specialized needs of your business or industry.

A BOP may be right for you if your business has fewer than 100 employees, meets certain maximum income requirements and is a low-risk operation. Businesses that are larger, highly specialized or have high-risk operations may need more coverage than a BOP can provide.

Here’s a closer look at the coverages that are included with a BOP.

Property Insurance

The property portion of a BOP covers damage to your business caused by fire, explosion, windstorms, theft, vandalism and any other perils specifically listed in the policy. The types of property that are covered by a BOP include:

  • Buildings you own, lease or rent
  • Essential business personal property such as equipment, inventory and supplies
  • The property of others while it is in your care

If your building is vandalized, for example, your BOP policy will help cover the cost to repair the damage and replace any damaged contents. If a customer’s property on the premises was also damaged, a BOP will help pay to replace that, too.

But BOP property coverage is not all-inclusive. When purchasing a policy, be sure you understand what business properties and perils are included and excluded to avoid any surprises should you need to file a claim. If you want broader protection beyond the standard BOP, you may be able to purchase a “special” BOP form that provides all-risk coverage for a higher premium.

Liability Insurance

Lawsuits can be costly even if you’ve done nothing wrong. The liability portion of a BOP offers financial protection if a third party sues you for:

  • Damage to the third party’s property while under your care
  • Physical injuries suffered on your premises, such as slip-and-fall accidents
  • Advertising injuries, including copyright infringement, slander and liable

Your BOP policy will help pay lawyers’ fees, settlements or judgments and other costs related to a lawsuit. It may also cover up to one year of medical expenses for an injury sustained by a third party on your premises or as a result of your business operations or products.

Business Income Insurance

Property insurance may cover your business’s physical assets, but it does not cover lost revenue that results from those damages. Business income insurance is a way to help sustain cashflow if you need to suspend operations while recovering from a covered property loss.

Many BOPs include business income insurance as part of the property coverage. If your business is interrupted, this important coverage can help pay for ongoing expenses such as employee payroll and rent. It may also cover the extra expense of running your business out of a temporary location while your property is restored.

Many policies limit business income protection to six or 12 months of lost revenue. Be sure to review the time limits associated with your policy with Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc.

Additional Coverages

If your business or industry faces additional hazards beyond those covered by the BOP, you can customize your policy with riders or endorsements that add insurance protection for specific risks. For example, many insurance providers offer endorsements for:

  • Data breach: If your business experiences a data breach, this coverage can help with the cost of notifying affected parties, protecting stolen identities and engaging credit monitoring services, as well as help with legal defense, settlement or judgment costs.
  • Professional liability: This coverage protects your business from lawsuits claiming that your business committed a negligent act, error or omission in professional services provided to a client or customer.
  • Spoilage insurance: If you sell perishable stock such as food or plants, spoilage insurance can protect your lost income should stock expire due to contamination, equipment breakdown or a power outage.

A standard BOP covers the primary risks associated with running a small business, but it doesn’t cover everything. You’ll still need to purchase workers’ compensation insurance if you have employees, commercial auto insurance if you have a business-owned vehicle, and other types of insurance depending on your business. If you need extra coverage beyond the limits of the standard BOP, you can also supplement your coverage with an umbrella insurance policy.

Talk to us to learn if you qualify for a BOP and if you do, what coverages and limits may be right for your business.

We are here to help. Call us at 800.921.1008 and Live Chat with us at www.artinsurancenow.com

 

Join us at Tribeca Art + Culture Night!

ArtInsuranceNow.com / Bernard Fleischer & Sons, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor of the TRIBECA ART + CULTURE NIGHT

As leaders in Fine-Art Insurance, we understand the importance of art and that not only should it be protected, but it should be experienced by the public. Cities gain cultural, social and economic value through art. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness in our communities.

It is free and open to the public. The event presents a program of events like a FESTIVAL, showcases venues/organizations like an ART FAIR, unlocks spaces to the public like an OPEN HOUSE, and offers art-walks to showcase exhibitions like an ART NIGHT.

It is also an ART MARATHON. Attendees can choose their own adventure mixing exhibitions with workshops, talks, demonstrations, and performances. In just 3 hours, from 6-9 PM, visitors join together to attend a curator-led tour, learn a new skill in a creative workshop, watch a live dance performance, and discover the unexpected in a contemporary gallery they may have never found otherwise. TAC Night is an adventurous playground showcasing artists, performers, curators, scientists, chefs, wellness experts, musician, designers, authors, thought leaders, and makers.

 

Fine-Art Shipping Horror Stories

Sixty percent of all Art-Insurance claims are for works in transit. Art is most vulnerable when being moved and shipped. Prominent cases include Picasso’s “The Painter” worth an estimated $1.5 Million, which was lost at sea, along with 229 lives, when Swissair Flight 111 crashed in Canada in 1998.

Picasso’s “The Painter”

 

Rembrandt’s “Portrait of an Elderly Woman”, suffered a large gash after being sent from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, in 2001

Rembrandt’s “Portrait of an Elderly Woman”

 

Galleries often send artworks to collectors “on approval”. One such New York gallery sent a crate of paintings worth many millions of dollars to an extremely wealthy collector on an approval basis. The collector decided against buying them but didn’t do a good job of packing them back up to ship back to the gallery, when they arrived, they were destroyed as they didn’t hire a professional shipper to have them sent back. The gallery had to sue an important collector, which would obviously sever the relationship forever.

Another main concern when insuring artwork is working with insurance agents who are knowledgeable vendors able to provide advice for your specific situation. Transit coverage is a must for Art Dealers and Collectors alike. Art moves regularly during acquisition, on loan to Museums, Art shows, and Fairs. The good news is ArtInsuranceNow.com / Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc.  policies’ have transit coverage included.

Collectors and their advisers would be wise to work with knowledgeable insurance brokers like ArtInsuranceNow.com / Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc. that can guide you in obtaining the right fine art insurance for your unique situation. For more info visit www.artinsurancenow.com and live chat with us or call us at 800.921.1008

 

 

Will the Glasgow School of Art rise from the ashes again?

Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of ArtDesigned by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and fully completed in 1909, the Grade A-listed Mackintosh Building is one of the Glasgow’s most cherished architectural works, and one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in the world. Before the recent fire broke out, the building was undergoing an extensive £35 million restoration following a previous fire in May 2014, in which 90% of the building and 70% of its contents were saved. The building was due to reopen sometime in 2019.

The restoration, which began in 2016, centered on the Mackintosh’s iconic library, using original wood species and historical documents. As part of the restoration, a fire suppression system was being installed which was reportedly weeks away from completion. In a cruel irony, large pumps needed for the water mist system had arrived at the construction site just one day before the fire.

After news that the art school would be rebuilt, recent drone footage and laser scans have revealed that parts of the facade have to be dismantled because they are unsafe, putting the future of the building in jeopardy.

The Mackintosh library at The Glasgow School of Art.
The Mackintosh designed library.
The Mackintosh library after the fire
The Mackintosh designed library after the second fire.

The school has produced many of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, including Douglas Gordon, Alison Watt, David Shrigley, along with three recent winners of the Turner Prize: Simon Starling, who won in 2005; Richard Wright, 2009; and Martin Boyce, 2011.

The building had attracted around 25,000 visitors each year before the 2014 blaze, with tours conducted by art school students. It is a tragedy that this storied institution has been devastated and we hope it will be returned to its former glory.

Mackintosh Building Gallery
Mackintosh Building Gallery
Mackintosh Building Furniture Gallery
Mackintosh Building Furniture Gallery

Worst case scenarios sometimes happen, and while insurance cannot always bring back what has been lost, It can help to restore what has been saved.

Call us at 800.921.1008 and visit ArtInsuranceNow.com to get an evaluation of your current policy or a free quote.

 

 

 

 

 

Mother, daughter wreak havoc at Art Museum

 

Museum officials say a mother and daughter destroyed a sculpture while visiting an exhibit named “Fair and Square,” at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA. The sculpture features children’s toys and a life-sized swing set that has been welded to resemble the scales of justice.

The women mistook the sculpture for an interactive piece and pulled the swings down to ride them. Artist Sean Matthews says the piece took two years to create, and is insured for $5000. It is unclear if the women will pay for the damage. The artist is waiting to see if he will be reimbursed.

“I looked away for a moment and then, boom, it’s down,” museum director Alice Anne Schwab says. “The swings were swinging … We were just devastated. Schwab said the two then walked to a different section of the museum and picked up pieces of a different art installation despite signage telling visitors not to touch anything.

These are the risk exposures when an exhibition is open to public view. ArtInsuranceNow.com / Bernard Fleischer and Sons Inc. helps to mitigate those risks by providing coverage to Artist’s, Museums, Galleries, Collector’s, and Dealer’s.

Call us at 800.921.1008 to receive a competitive quote for comprehensive coverage that includes transit, multiple locations and more.  You can also visit us at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com.

 

The Art Police

Detective Don Hrycyk , LAPD Art Theft Detail, shows a fake Jim Dine painting, left, and a fake Renoir painting “La Loge (also called Au Theatre)

If you believe Hollywood’s version, the average art thief has many gadgets, scales walls, and dances through laser beam alarm triggers to steal Rembrandts and Renoirs. But when Detective Don Hrycyk of the LAPD Art Theft Detail solves an art crime, the guilty party is usually a trusted friend or business associate of the victim, not Tom Cruise in a catsuit.

The problem isn’t always smart criminals, Many leave themselves vulnerable to opportunists, with state of the art alarm systems that are never turned on, treasures locked away in safes with the combination left in an unlocked drawer nearby. Detective Hrycyk has seen it all.

The Art Theft Detail was formed by the LAPD in 1983 in response to a rash of unsolved High-value art thefts. It was a smart decision as they have recovered $122,999,616 in artwork since 1993. It is the only law enforcement unit in the country dedicated to fighting art crimes full-time.

They investigate by publicizing thefts and staying in constant contact with local galleries, museums, auction houses, and collectors. They tackle everything from phony estate sales stocked with fake antiques to consignment fraud, home burglaries, art-related insurance scams, and occasionally dramatic heists.

Picasso’s 1937 drawing “Faune”, for example, was recovered back in 2001 after a man tried to sell his $100,000 “ugly painting” to Christie’s in Beverly Hills. An alert appraiser checked the LAPD website, saw the stolen work and called the police. Turns out the thief was a chauffeur who had broken into the house of his movie-producer boss.

Sometimes it isn’t a very happy ending though, sculptor Kewal Soni had a break in and lost a $10,000 sculpture that he worked on for a year. The burglar then took it to a metal recycling plant and sold it as scrap for a measly $9.10. Although later the thief was caught and convicted.

The importance of insuring your art cannot be overstated. Art is a passion for most and when you love something it’s natural to want to protect it. Allow us to help by providing easy to understand comprehensive insurance coverage for your artwork.

Already covered? Let us examine your current Artist’s, Collector’s, Dealer’s, Conservator’s, Gallery’s, or Museum’s policy. Maybe you’re overpaying, under protected or have the wrong coverages.

Our policies have diverse coverages to meet the specific requirements of the Art Community. We help clients select adequate coverage and to help mitigate potential exposures, we provide recommended loss control procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

The Butler Did It (a classic art-theft)

At the sprawling Bel-Air estate of oil tycoon Howard Keck, his wife Elizabeth often played cards in a side room decorated with fine art. One of the artworks hanging on the wall of this room was a painting by Swedish impressionist artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920) entitled I Fria Luften. For almost three months, Elizabeth felt a vague subliminal uneasiness about the painting that she just couldn’t put her finger on. Finally, she did put her finger on it – on the canvas itself, and suddenly realized she was touching a photograph rather than the oil painting that was supposed to be in the elaborate gilt frame.

The theft was an obvious inside job by a person who had regular access to the painting. Someone took a high-quality photo of the painting and then had a custom lab blow up the image so that it would exactly fit the existing space for the stretcher and frame.

Detectives learned that three months earlier, the family butler had unexpectedly quit his job with the Kecks. Rune “Roy” Gunnar Donell, 61-years old, who had been a faithful employee at the estate for 11 years, announced that he was leaving because he needed surgery. He and his wife Christina, who was a cook at the estate, left at the same time. Elizabeth offered to pay for Roy’s surgery if he and Christina would stay, but they refused. Elizabeth remembered that Roy, who was a Swedish national, often admired the Zorn painting and commented that it would bring a high price in Sweden.

With the assistance of Interpol and the Swedish police, detectives attempted to trace Roy’s activities during his frequent flights back home. Detectives learned that almost a year ago, Roy Donell had appeared at a Swedish auction house called Beijars Auktioner, Scandinavian Art and Antiques AB. Roy auctioned off a painting entitled Fete Gallante by French artist Sebastien Jacques Le Clerc. Elizabeth Keck was contacted and verified that she owned the Le Clerc painting which was given to her as a gift. After talking to detectives, she searched for it and discovered it was also missing.

Swedish authorities learned that after collecting his money for the painting, Roy showed the auctioneers a photograph of a painting entitled Kvinna Klaer Sitt Barn (Woman Dressing Her Child). Detectives learned this was another title for Zorn’s I Fria Luften oil painting. Roy told the auctioneers that if they were interested in purchasing it, he could come back with the painting. Six months later, Roy arrived in Sweden accompanied by a woman of Latin appearance. Roy was met at the airport by the directors of the Swedish Auctioneers Office. He had the Zorn painting with him and consigned it for sale through the same auction house. Based on the date that Roy arrived in Sweden with the painting, detectives calculated that the bogus photo reproduction of the painting had been hanging in the Keck residence for five months before the theft was discovered.

The painting sold at auction for $527,000. The money went to Roy Donell.

Detectives arrested Roy before he could flee the area. He was held on $500,000 bail. During a search of his West L.A. apartment, detectives found evidence of money transfers from the sale of art belonging to the Kecks. Cameras and negatives depicting paintings were found along with a paper identifying Roy as a freelance photographer. There was also a receipt from a storage yard in Redondo Beach. When detectives called the manager at the storage yard, they learned that Roy stored a 25-foot motor home at the location. Roy tried to convince the detectives that he sold the motor home.

When detectives served a search warrant on the motor home and shimmied through a side window, they found two additional blowup photos of the Zorn painting, similar to the one found in the frame. Detectives were surprised to find another blowup photo, the exact size of a painting hanging in the Keck residence. The painting was entitled Ducks on the Banks of a River by German artist Alexander Koester (1864-1932). Detectives quickly contacted Elizabeth Keck to make sure the original painting was still hanging on the wall. Luckily, it was. It appears that Roy, emboldened by the success of his two earlier “acquisitions,” was planning to remove still another painting from the Keck residence, replacing it with a photograph.

Roy Donell was prosecuted for two counts of grand theft. As the start of the trial approached, prosecutors had no idea what defense Roy could possibly wage to counter the avalanche of evidence against him. However, the District Attorney’s Office soon learned that Roy was going to use a novel tactic. The Kecks were embroiled in protracted divorce proceedings at the time of the theft. During the monthlong trial, Roy admitted selling the two paintings in Sweden but claimed he was acting as an agent for Elizabeth Keck to sell assets without Howard Keck’s knowledge. Roy claimed he gave most of the money to Elizabeth, keeping $90,000 as his commission.

Elizabeth declared Roy’s assertions as “ludicrous” that she would conspire with her butler to sell the paintings and then report her discovery of the stolen paintings to the police. But enough doubt had been placed in the minds of the jury for them to acquit Roy of the charges. Some jury members later stated that the prosecution had simply not proven the case against Roy “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is the stringent burden of proof in criminal cases.

The Swedish government refused to return the paintings, claiming that according to Swedish law, the auction buyers had purchased the paintings in good faith.

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

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

 

A Jackson Pollock gets public view restoration

Jackson Pollock’s painting Number 1, 1949, is a swirl of multi-colored paint, dripped, flung and slung across a 5-by-8-foot canvas. It’s a textured work — including nails and a trapped bee  — and in the nearly 70 years since its creation, it’s attracted a fair bit of dust, dirt and grime.

That’s where conservator Chris Stavroudis comes in: His job is to clean the painting using swabs, solvents, and tiny brushes. For the last several months, he’s been hard at work, once a week, in full view of the public, in a gallery at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Some high school students watched Stavroudis wield his swabs — they have to make their own Pollocks for school, and want to know how he painted.

“The canvas was put on the floor and dribbled on,” Stavroudis explains. “He used sticks and dipped them into house paint, enamel paint, and then dribbled the paint off the stick and onto the canvas.”

There are many different reasons for conservation and although many conservators work on behalf of insurance companies to repair accidental damages it doesn’t mean they don’t also insure the works while in their possession.

ArtInsuranceNow.com has designed coverages to meet the specific needs of conservators. We help clients select adequate coverage for items in their care, custody, and control for restoration or conservation.

We cover items while:
In transit, on premises, at a work site, scheduled, and unnamed locations. Insuring an art practice is more than just protecting premises and stock against damage or theft. We provide seamless and flexible coverage for business exposures, as well. Even our most basic coverage provides solid protection.

For comprehensive Fine-Art Insurance Coverage call us at 800.921.1008 and visit ArtInsuranceNow.com

Art vandal slashes $3 million painting, is vandalism covered?

A British man has been accused of slashing a multi-million dollar painting in an art gallery in Aspen, Colorado, last year.

Surveillance footage shows a bearded man in a hat and sunglasses saunter into the Opera Gallery, lay down a plank to block the doors from shutting fully, head straight toward the painting, then slash its bottom-right corner twice.

In May, Aspen Police identified Nicholas Morley, a 40-year-old British businessman, as the perpetrator. He has been charged with felony criminal mischief and a Colorado judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Morley flew from London to Denver with a false name a day before the slashing, rented a car from the airport, and flew back to London two days after committing the crime, The Aspen Times reported, citing court documents.

As It turns out, Morley’s father, Harold, owned the $3 million painting through a holding company in Barbados that traded art.

In a situation like this what is covered? what is not? Fine Art’s risk exposure while on display is something that all artists, gallerists, and collectors should consider and insure accordingly.

 

William Fleischer, CIC and Principal of Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc. explains further: “Most Art Insurance policies will cover Vandalism, but, how the values are determined is what I’d like to focus on here. If you are an Art Dealer, Art Collector or an Artist, the consignment agreement drives the answer to this question.”

  1. Almost all Art Dealer Policies value the art based on the agreed net consignment amount to be paid if sold +10% for the dealer’s commission. The check is made to the dealer.
  2. If you are a collector and have your own Insurance policy, then the valve would be either what is scheduled on your policy or the Market Value at the time of loss either way you would receive a higher payout than the dealer’s policy would pay out.
  3. If you are an Artist, and purchase our special artist’s policy, your Art is valued, better than a dealer’s policy, not at net consignment amount, but Market value minus 30%

When displaying art in public spaces, know your exposures and insure for them accordingly. A knowledgeable art insurance broker like Bernard Fleischer & Sons Inc. / ArtInsuranceNow.com can guide you to peace of mind and help protect the things you are passionate about.

Call us at 800.921.1008 or visit ArtInsuranceNow.com for a free quote to protect your artworks.

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