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Today, whether buying, selling or transporting artworks, the need for documentary evidence of an item’s state of condition, as well as details of any restoration activity, has never been higher. The international art market contends with increasingly complex issues and the need for specialized testing and reporting has never been greater. 

Setting new standards for artwork condition reporting, SGS has introduced internationally uniform report formats to ensure consistency, transparency and ease of reference for auction houses, private collectors, galleries, museums, art logistics companies, fine art funds and art fairs.

Buying, selling and insuring

Sale condition reports detail an artwork’s condition, including any damage, restoration or conservation activity, as well as material characteristics, supported by comprehensive photographic evidence. Our standardized sale condition report format ensures that wherever the client, or the artwork, are based they will receive clear, concise, consistent reports detailing the process, techniques and technologies used, as well as the findings of our conservation scientists and painting conservators.

Moving and exhibiting

Transport and exhibition reports provide key information to museums, exhibitions, conservators and private owners on the condition of any type of artwork or cultural object before, during and after transport and exhibitions. Our inspections will identify traces of minor accidents and conservation work completed to conceal damage.

Whether clients are seeking independent and expert advice on an artwork’s condition, or to document and verify an item, our reporting services deliver all the required data.

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