Partner in Delaware’s Atelier art storage site buys 50% stake in Philadelphia affiliate

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Mati Bonetti de Buccini and Derek Jones have partnered again in Philadelphia.

Four years ago, de Buccini and Jones partnered to buy a 40,000 square foot facility in New Castle, to create Atelier Delaware – an art storage facility.

Recently de. Buccini and Jones partnered again, this time with de Buccini acquiring 50 percent ofAtelier Art Storage in Philadelphia, a business started by Jones’ father, Hal Jones more than 30 years ago.


The elder Jones was a staff member at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Focusing solely on art and collectibles, the company has 55,000 square feet of storage in Philadelphia, with plans to grow to 100,000 square feet in 2017.

“Our first partnership has proven to be quite successful, where we both bring complementary skill sets to the table,” says de Buccini, who had included the first right of refusal for the Philadelphia property and business if Jones was looking for a new partnership. The opportunity in Philadelphia presented itself earlier this year.

“My father started Atelier Art Storage and Services 30 years ago. To be able to take this jewel of a company, and grow it with a focused strategy and mission, is truly an honor for me; and to be able to do so with Mati makes me even more enthusiastic about the future,” Jones said.

Atelier Philadelphia was responsible for moving the Barnes Foundation into its new home in 2012; Atelier continues to perform specialized moves for major institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of the American Revolution (scheduled to open spring 2017).

The company has even moved artwork, via crane, to luxury apartments in New York City.

In addition to the Delaware and Philadelphia storage facilities, the firm also has Atelier Art Services offering crating, moving, installation, and conservancy services.

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