A scientific laboratory at the service of art


The Museum laboratory’s mission is to improve existing scientific methods and elaborate new methods for the ascertainment of the authenticity of art objects. The laboratory’s instruments and knowhow for the determining of authenticity are at the disposal of collectors, art experts, restorers, art galleries and museums.

(The staff of the laboratory, who speaks the main European languages, is at your disposal for any explanations).


A collection of art objects is generally an assortment of authentic items, copies and fakes.
Today, more than ever before, buying art is considered also an investment for the future. Therefore a determination of authenticity by state-of-the-art scientific methods can offer every collection a guarantee for the future and contribute to bringing transparency to the market.

But there is an understandable tendency for dealers, including auctioneers and institutes at the service of the market, to be sceptical about the recent conquests of science in most cases.
 

The laboratory of the Museum of Art and Science is a nonprofit facility and is independent from every point of view.
 

Tests carried out by the laboratory:

 

Spectroscopic dating and characterization of wooden objects

 

Microscopic tests on paintings, antique bronzes, excavated pottery etc.

 

 

 

 

Examination of underlying layers using infrared reflectography

 

Analyses of paint layers with a duroflexometer

 

Analyses with Wood’s light, UV and IR

 

 

FURTHER ANALYSES PERFORMED IN THE LABORATORY:

Spectroscopic chemical analyses on pigments, glues, encrustations, patinas, products of corrosion. Scientific, practical and instrumental tests of authenticity on: ivory, amber, archaeological glass, pigments, metals, stones,  carpets, tapestry, prints, books, clocks and watches, china.

 

ADDITIONALLY, in the Museum rooms there are 9 interactive test stations at the disposal of vistors for simple tests for ascertaining the authenticity of antiques.

test station room 8:
sniff test on excavated pottery

test station room 9:
test for revealing use of plastic

identification of glues and other synthetic materials with Wood’s light

test station room 9: examination with a magnifying glass of signs of wear and decorations on china

 

 

optical examination of signs of wear to identify an authentic piece of silverware

shadow reveals industrial or handcrafted manufacture of glass

the microscope distinguishes authentic patinas and encrustations from faked ones

the dull sound of a porcelain item reveals hidden restoration work

 
 

For more information contact:
Gottfried Matthaes (Museum's Director) or Dr. Chem. Peter Matthaes (laboratory's director)
Tel. 0039-02-72022488  -  Fax. 0039-02-72023156 -  Email: info@museoartescienza.com