|Scientific lab analysis gives valuable information to the art historian and appraiser. For instance, linen cloth was not used for painting much before the 16th century. Wood panels were used. Italian artists preferred Poplar, northern artists Oak, while German and Swiss artists liked Fir, Limewood and Pine. The French were partial to Walnut and the English Oak and Yew. This is why the modern appraiser recommends the wood from panels to be indentified and dated. Appraisers who omit these two steps are just “guessing in the dark”. Only a full service appraisal firm, like Chicago Appraisers Association, can produce a beneficial collaboration, the scientist, historian and appraiser. Appraisals of Old Master paintings without modern scientific data are near worthless.
Chicago Appraisers Association 847-446-8827
Please don’t hesitate to call and discuss any work of art you feel would benefit from research in our scientific lab. Today’s collectors won’t buy major art without documentation. We can provide this for you.