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Artwork technical analysis from SGS – a range of specialized techniques designed for analyzing and dating artworks.


When it comes to acquiring the analytical data required to help determine the authenticity or date of an artwork, you need highly specialized expertise. We offer a wide range of analytical methods and techniques, specifically tailored to the needs of the art world.

Why choose technical analysis services for artworks from SGS?

We can help you:

  • Identify the elemental composition of inorganic pigments, metals, alloys, ceramics and glass with non-invasive x-ray microfluorescence – available on-site
  • Characterize artistic and cultural materials, such as pigments, binders and fibers through a wide range of sample analyses, including Raman spectrometry, FTIR, GC/MS, PLM and more
  • Date organic and inorganic materials, such as wood, paper and ceramics with specialist techniques, including radiocarbon analysis, thermoluminescence and dendrochronology

Accurate analytical services developed for the specific needs of the art world

As a world-leading provider of inspection, verification, testing and certification for the art world, we offer you unrivaled expertise in scientific analysis services for artworks. With a network of experienced professional conservation scientists and art conservators, and portable equipment, we provide accurate data to determine the authenticity and date of artworks anywhere in the world.

Our center of excellence for arts services is a fully equipped, 336 square meter laboratory based in the Geneva Freeport. It offers climate control, high security, high precision analyses and technical imaging, with works carefully stored in the very best conditions.

To talk through your artwork technical analysis requirements, contact us today.