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SGS has announced the opening of its new Art Services office in London, England.

The company employs a dedicated team of experts, who understand the art world and can employ cutting edge technology to help authenticate works of art, assess the condition of a piece of art, and protect buyers from the large number of forgeries currently on the market.

The UK Art Services team has recently been joined by Renata Kaminker, in the role of Inspection and Administrative Coordinator. Following postgraduate studies in Paris, Renata has made a name for herself in the fields of art conservation, collection cataloging, and, for the last five years, has headed projects for the International Council of Museums. Her team helped counter the illicit trafficking of cultural goods and she was pivotal in the creation of Red Lists, Museum Watch Lists and No-Strike Lists. She has also acted as a focal point for INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization. As part of the team that created the glossary of terms and good practice technical documents for ICOM’s International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods, specifically regarding Authentication, Awareness-raising, Documentation, and Marking and Labelling, Renata is a global authority on the ways the art world can combat forgery and trafficking, and is a valuable addition to the SGS Art Services team in London.

From its dedicated laboratory in Geneva Freeport, SGS offers independent services tailored specifically to the needs of the art world. With a global network of experienced professional art experts, portal laboratories, conservation scientists and painting conservators, they can assist galleries, museums and collectors with a range of services, including:

  • Condition and conservation monitoring
  • Technical imaging, analyses and dating
  • Inventory of fine art collections and funds
  • Sale condition reporting
  • Transport and exhibition condition reporting

In recent years, the art world has had to deal with a number of scandals, but utilizing the independent expertise of SGS, will help protect museums and collectors, thereby helping to rebuild trust in the art world.

SGS Art Services

SGS is the only art service provider in its category to maintain a global presence, including a dedicated laboratory in the Geneva Freeport. SGS has developed a unique system to monitor the condition of artworks globally, based on an international network of accredited art conservators, proprietary software and rigorous museum level procedures.

For further information contact:

SGS Art Services UK
Shaftesbury House
4th Floor, 49-51 Uxbridge Road
London W5 5SA
United Kingdom
t: +44 (0)7717 724233
www.sgs.com/art

About SGS 

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.