Metal and precious metal laboratory


The laboratory analytically studies metal works of art, which include different aspects:
- describing the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the alloy components of the work of art;
- carrying out a metallographic exam in order to find out how the work of art was made and the corrosion phenomenon;
- studying gilds, patinas and other finishing techniques used on metal.

The laboratory uses different methods and techniques for its research and studies the corrosion on the excavations found in different Belgian archeological sites. It also carries out an in-depth study on the Rheno-Mosan goldsmith's art. At the same time, our researchers study how the atmosphere deteriorates copper, silver and lead alloys. Furthermore, the laboratory is also researching on the patination techniques applied to metals during Ancient times.

 See the main projects of the Metal laboratory

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Contact person:
Helena Wouters - leen.wouters@kikirpa.be