Concept Art Gallery has an estate antiques and fine arts auction this Saturday, December 2nd starting at 9:30 AM EST. Check out the 400 lots they are offering for in-person and online bidding at their web site. If you’re interested in getting a pre-auction packing and shipping quotation, please visit our web site. We are Concept’s highest rated shipping partner!


Ascendant Auctions


Ascendant Auctions

Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship is an approved shipper for Ascendant Auctions. We offer the following services for Ascendant clients:

  • Free no obligation pre-auction pack and ship cost estimates to help bidders determine their landed cost for items of interest
  • Free pick-up
  • We utilize sophisticated packaging and crating software based on the size, nature and fragility of the item being shipped. To help reduce shipping costs, we will disassemble, do frame removal, and sort items as directed.
  • Unlike UPS stores, we offer the most complete choice of transport modes to meet all budget and delivery needs including discounted shipping rates for UPSFedExDHL, and US Postal Service (for international), blanket-wrap, motor carrier, and air and ocean freight
  • We offer a Ascendant Frequent Buyer Discount program where your third shipment with us earns a full 20% discount on all our services
  • We ship internationally by expertly preparing all paperwork needed and using packaging and crating materials that meet export standards
  • We offer full-value shipping insurance from $100 to $10 million

Contact us for a free no obligation phone consultation (English and Spanish spoken), or get a quote nowvia the web.

See what clients have to say about Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship’s service.

Here’s a recent review from a customer, Mr Hale Curtis of Phoenix:

I wanted some items moved from Pittsburgh to Phoenix, Arizona after my parents died. The weight was about 175 pounds and included a high back chair that belonged to my grandfather. Pak Mail provided an estimate using photographs. After we agreed on their estimate to pack and ship to Phoenix they came to the house, picked up items and took them to their location, packed and then entrusted them to FedEx who called a few days later about delivery to my curb. The care with which the items were packed was impressive. I am a happy camper.


Here’s a recent review on our international packing and shipping services:


International Shipping Greater Pittsburgh, Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia

April 17, 2017

This was a very pleasant experience! We were quite anxious about the safety of the 17th century antique, how carefully it might be wrapped and crated and if it would arrive undamaged—or at least with only minimal damage. Well, it did arrive safely and without any damage at all– despite a transatlantic flight.
The administrative handling was equally professional. We especially appreciated prompt answers to any question we had concerning the transportation.
Thank you, Ana and the others at Pak Mail, for a job truly well done!

Greta and William Boggs, Bremen/Germany and Pittsburgh, PA

Here is how we can maybe help you:

  • We provide pick-up services for residents and businesses for western PA and eastern Ohio
  • We prepare all international and export documentation for you
  • We have the expertise to offer the optimal packaging plan to minimize weight and dimensional surcharges
  • We offer a choice of transport modes to meet your budget and delivery needs. We offer the lowest shipping rates in Pittsburgh for parcel (UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS), blanket-wrap, and overland, air, & ocean freight based on our franchise network’s buying power.
  • We ship internationally using packaging and crating materials that meet export standards
  • We offer full-value shipping insurance from $100 to $10 million.

Contact us for a free in-person or phone consultation, or get a quote now via the web.

See what clients have to say about Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship’s service.

Recent auction house shipments. We can handle all your purchases…large and small…art to industrial…from anywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh, Western PA, and Eastern Ohio areas…to anywhere in the world!
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Dargate Auctions is having an online and in-building auction on Saturday, December 13th starting at 10 AM. If you are an out-of-town buyer, we’ll be happy to help you in the pick-up, packing, shipping, and insuring of your purchase. We are an authorized Dargate shipping partner and offer special pricing to their clients.

The days of Big Steel are long gone in Western Pennsylvania. But the era of mills lighting up the night skies with fire and smoke lives on in the work of Aaron Gorson, who specialized in painting nocturnal landscapes of the region’s industrial past. One of Gorson’s finest, “Steelmaking at Night on the Mon,” is among the highlights at Concept Art Gallery’s fine art and antiques auction Nov. 1.

Painted in 1910, the oil-on-canvas is housed in a hand-carved, gilded Arts-and-Crafts-period frame. The painting was once owned by Arthur Riley, a noted collector of works by Western Pennsylvania artists.

Another painting with a regional background and a completely different point of view is an A.F. King daytime rural lakeside landscape. Best known for his nearly lifelike still lifes, King also journeyed into the local countryside to paint. Concept owner Sam Berkovitz calls this work the greatest A.F. King landscape he’s seen, citing the intricate detail in the tiny work. Sold by Pittsburgh’s famed Gillespie Gallery in the early 20th century, the 512-inch-by-9-inch work, titled “Lake Landscape With Sailboat,” rests in a gilded Victorian frame decorated with extensive scrolling.

Other paintings in the sale with local ties are Daniel Ridgeway Knight’s oil-on-canvas “The Washerwoman Along the Seine” and several pieces by Mary McKibbin. An ex-pat from Chambersburg, Franklin County, Knight worked mainly in France, and “The Washerwoman” was originally sold by the Gillespie Gallery. McKibbin, whose oil-on-board scenes depict Pittsburgh neighborhoods, taught at Schenley High School, where Andy Warhol was one of her students.

In the antiques section of the sale, bidders can compete for an elegant Tiffany Arabian-style desk lamp or a Pairpoint “Puffy” boudoir lamp. The sale includes a sizeable amount of high-end jewelry, such as a 3.3-carat pear-cut brilliant diamond ring set in platinum. Also in the mix are Eskimo art, a “crazy quilt” crafted by public-school students in Idaho, early maps of Pittsburgh, silver flatware and serving pieces, accessories, mint coin sets and art glass.

Previews are at Concept Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until 8 p.m. Thursdays or online The sale will start at 10 a.m. Nov 1. Previews and the sale will be at 1031 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. Details: 412-242-9200 or


Concept Art Gallery is conducting a two-day auction of estate antiques, fine art, and modern design pieces on May 9th and 10th. Check-out their website  for all the great pieces available for online purchase. If you are are an out-of-town (or country) online buyer,  we can handle all your shipping needs. Here’s a link to all our services that we can provide to you.

We recently shipped a host of items including the three chairs in the photo for the Pittsburgh-based company, Church Connection phototo a studio in North Carolina filming a Gothic horror piece. Church Connection has an amazing collection of church “stuff”. They sell and rent everything from full size altars and statues to candlesticks and vestments. Check out their website www.usedchurchitems,com. Items we have shipped for them have been featured in Fast & Furious 7, Transformers,  and  Sleepy Hollow to name a recent few.

LionsMany times we have art pieces that at the client’s request need to be packed and shipped with some urgency. Sometimes for looming gallery show openings and sometimes simply for excited out-of-town purchasers that needs to see their items as soon as possible. We are always happy to accommodate and can honestly say we have never missed a deadline. But sometimes, we feel the need to pack and ship quickly for our own psychological wellbeing. Case in point was a recent shipment we made on behalf of a Concept Art Gallery auction purchaser. The pieces in question were two brass lions with glass eyes that were both startling and frightening especially if you were to come upon them without warning in our packing area. More than one employee (including this writer) “jumped” when confronted by this fierce duo. Needless to say, packing and shipping the pair was made a priority and they are now happily haunting a residence in South Florida.