Scientific investigation is beneficial for evaluating the value of art. Therefore, if you have acquired a piece and are uncertain of its worth, consider engaging a consultant for an evaluation of your item. Keep in mind that the assessment is essential for authenticating art. If you suspect that your art could have historical value, you can confirm it through scientific methods. The process will allow for the correct attribution of the work to the artist. Scientific techniques are more thorough than general evaluation methods. Therefore, the information gathered during the assessment of your work could contribute towards the advancement of scholarly knowledge on art. The processes could reveal more about the materials and artistic approaches. Additionally, you will understand the best method for protecting and conserving your art after getting a report from the consultant. If you are unfamiliar with the scientific investigation of art, consider these tips while planning for the process.

Check the Documentation

When planning for the investigation, consider looking into the background of your art. The information gathered through a preliminary study of the history could give you more insight into the piece. Consequently, you will be able to decide if to proceed with the scientific examination. If you suspect that you have a particularly valuable piece, you can look into the artist's background. Understand their methods, subject matter and general artistic patterns. If the information shows value in your piece, you can commission the investigation. For the best results, use the consultant or look for an art expert for the background check.

Understand the Investigation

You should inquire about the unique scientific techniques used in art investigation. Moreover, ask your consultant about the methods they will use on your art. Ensure that the chosen approaches will not damage your pieces. Moreover, check on the accuracy of the results from the investigation. In general, the investigation methods can be categorised into two: analytical and structural techniques. Analytical methods encompass techniques related to element, ion and compound analysis like spectroscopy, chromatography and microscopy. Structural methods target the morphology, structural integrity and behaviour and thermal behaviour.  

Discuss the Practical Issues

Poor handling of art during a scientific investigation can lead to extensive losses. Therefore, discuss the practical aspects of handling and transporting the piece. If possible, avoid transporting the piece over long distances. If you must, discuss the best method with your consultant. For instance, you can use a speciality company that handles art. Moreover, you can purchase insurance against damage and theft during the investigation process.