Paper dating laboratory
Similarities in paper type, colour, content, fibres, sizes etc can yield valuable information when determining similarities or differences between papers.
The Museum laboratorys mission is to improve existing scientific methods and elaborate new methods for the ascertainment of the authenticity of art objects.
In the past, when called on to appraise and attribute a painting, art experts examined only the surface under natural light.
A superficial examination of this kind was sufficient, however, because it was artistic style and technique they were looking fact that today, as in the future, it is often impossible to attribute a work to an author with certainty, induces the thought that current art appraisal methods are all to the advantage of the market.
The relative dating of documents or entries on documents can also be undertaken utilising such techniques as ESDA or by examination of offset ink transfers (caused by writing a document resting on top of a "wet" transferable ink).
Global Paper Testing Laboratories Intertek, a Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, is launching a paper testing facility in its Chicago facility.