The laboratory allows his customers a 40 years’ experience

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Founded in 1975 by Patrick Laycock, art historian, expert of international renown and previously member of the Belgian Chamber for Experts in Works of Art, the Brussels Art Laboratory is the oldest private laboratory dedicated to the expertise, the analysis, the dating and the authentication of art objects from all origins and periods. The aims of the laboratory is to offer to its customers certificates which present conclusions based on objective elements and not only on experience and feeling. To achieve this, the laboratory calls upon the most sophisticated and innovating scientific techniques.
Authentication – Analysis – Expertise of works of art from all origins and periods
The Brussels Art Laboratory is able to answer the request of a wide clientele including private collectors, antique dealers, fairs of antiques, museums, courts of justice, customs and the CITES (International Convention for dying species). The laboratory is an associate member of the Research Institute of the Industrial Institute of Brussels for some twenty years and regularty collaborates with the Military School and Edith Cavell’s Medical Centre.


In line with the most recent methods of RESTORATION and in full respect of the works of art, the B.A.L. also deals with restoration of paintings, polychromatic wooden sculptures, terra-cottas, porcelains, metallic objects and jewels. This kind of work develops through different stages: the diagnosis phase, the intervention project and the restoration itself.
Lastly, the Brussels Art Laboratory proposes different training days in order to familiarize the lovers of art with the world of the art works and their restoration. Courses fitting specific needs can also be taken into consideration.