Here are some frequently asked questions and answers relating to what we do. Please, do not hesitate to contact us for further questions.

  • Q: What kind of objects can be researched?

    A: We can research and analyse almost all kinds of artefacts: oil and tempera paintings, wooden panels and sculptures, retables, ceramics, works on paper, archaeological and numismatics objects, minerals. There are no age limits for the objects.

  • Q: How do I know which scientific technique to choose?

    A: You don’t have to. Once we know what you want to know about the object, our experienced, multidisciplinary team suggests the best techniques.

  • Q: Will there be physical damage to the object during the research?

    A: The object will not be physically damaged. We apply mainly non-destructive techniques and even if samples are needed, they will be microscopic in size and no detectable marks are left.

  • Q: Is it necessary to transport the object to Finland?

    A: We have a mobile laboratory, which in most cases allows us to take samples and images where the object is. If transportation to our laboratory is needed for further research, we recommend insuring the object for this. Our laboratory facilities are secure and access is limited to our own personnel.

    Samples are analysed and reports are written in our central laboratory in Finland, where also art historical analysis is conducted.

  • Q: How long does it take to conduct the research?

    A: The time it takes to provide you a report depends on the object and the research questions. Typically the report is ready in 3 to 8 weeks after fieldwork.

  • Q: How can I pay?

    A: For businesses and institutional clients, we send an invoice with the report. For private collectors, we send and invoice and the report is sent upon payment.

  • Q: How much the analysis costs?

    Each case is individual. The price depends on what do you need to know about the art object, and the techniques we use to answer your question. Here you can submit your research question and a photo of the object.


  • Q: Can I publish the data and visual material or the report?

    A: The data and the research report can be used for educational and scientific purposes. Copyright laws relating to visual material differ in each country so we cannot give a pre-emptive answer. The results can always be published and referred to but the permission to publish the report as such is generally denied. The photographs taken by the RECENART team are documentary. If you need high quality printable photographs please mention this when discussing the offer.

  • Q: Who needs the research?

    A: Scientific research of works of art benefits museums, art foundations, auction houses, galleries, investors, private and corporate collectors, protectors of cultural property, criminal investigation agencies and customs officials, as well as insurance and banking businesses. RECENART’s services remove uncertainty.

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