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!



Check it out! Concept Art Gallery has an auction of fine art, antiques, and modern design tomorrow, Saturday, March 25th  beginning at 9:30am. Pak Mail Pittsburgh Crate & Ship is an approved shipper for Concept Art Gallery. We offer the following services for Concept 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 UPS, FedEx, DHL, and US Postal Service (for international), blanket-wrap, motor carrier, and air and ocean freight
  • We offer a Concept 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 is a recent review from a client we recently shipped a beautiful piece of art for from a local gallery:

“My husband and I purchased a piece of art from a gallery in Pittsburgh and needed to have it shipped to our home in Boston. The gallery recommended Pak Mail Pittsburgh and put us in touch with Ana Duran. Working with Ana, from start to finish, was a delight. She presented us with our various options and quotes, worked with the gallery on getting specifics about the art, and answered all of our questions clearly and quickly. She stayed in touch during the whole shipping process, from the moment we accepted the quote to the moment the package arrived at our doorstep. We had great confidence that our art would arrive in perfect condition, and it did!! I recommend Pak Mail Pittsburgh and Ana Duran most highly and will definitely use them again.”

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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Concept Art Gallery has an auction on Saturday, 03/10 @ 10:00 AM. Here’s a link to Concept’s website and another to the preview article in the Tribune Review. If you are an out-of-town internet buyer, we can handle your shipping for you across the country or the world.


CONCEPT ART GALLERY DECEMBER 6Concept Art Gallery has an upcoming online and in-building auction of fine art, design, and art glass on Saturday, December 6th starting at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time. 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 Concept Art Gallery 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

IMG_0232The best part of the shipping business is the variety of folks, items, and destinations you deal with. Here’s a quick sample from the past week:

  • Export crated and shipped a 900 lbs mechanical grapple going to Western Australia. As shown in the picture below, this awesome piece looks like the business end of of a tyrannosaurus rex!
  • Shipped ten beautiful works of art by local artist Michael Lotenero to the Morrison Gallery in Kent, CT
  • Picked-up and shipped to domestic and many international destinations lots purchased by 20 plus clients of Concept Art Gallery from the auction held on 10/27. Many of the paintings were from the estate of Jane Haskell, a very renowned Pittsburgh artist who passed away a year ago. We were very proud to have assisted Ms Haskell’s daughters in packing-up many of the remarkable pieces created by their mother.  Concept’s next auction is on December 6th.
  • Provided “last mile” delivery services for a logistics company coordinating the roll-out of a merchandising program to a national retailer. Stores visited ranged as far as Erie, PA and Johnstown, PA.
  • Crated and provided next-day transport services for a local art collector for a painting going to a restoration firm in Eastern PA. We received the call from this collector’s office on Tuesday afternoon, picked-up the piece & crated it that day, and transported on our own truck to deliver the next day.


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.

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.