Best way to transport a small nineteenth- or early twentieth-century plaster sculpture from DC to London? I have no expertise in transporting art.
This Christmas I was given a small plaster sculpture
that's been in the family since the artist gave it to my great-grandmother when she was in Paris as a young woman. I would like to take it to my flat in London. I know plaster is a fragile medium, and this is old plaster, so I would like to know how best to transport it (or indeed whether I should).
I've linked to a blurry photo, but here's a description anyway: it's a rectangle about 4 inches high and 3 inches wide, with a bust of a long-haired helmet-wearing woman in relief. It's mounted on a plastic backing thingy: not glued, but held in place with little pegs.
The artist is a known name and his signature's on the back, so I think she has some value beyond the sentimental, though I can see that she's taken some knocks over the years. I wouldn't like to cause her any further damage or exacerbate any existing issues. Right now, my thinking is to pack the sculpture in bubble wrap inside a small sturdy box and take the box in my carry-on. But is bubble wrap the best cushioning medium? How would someone used to transporting pieces of art do this? O AskMe muses, I invoke ye.