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New SGS Art Services Team Unveiled in China

SGS has announced the latest expansion to its global Art Services division, with the unveiling of a new team in China. From offices in Shanghai and Beijing, the team will use cutting-edge technology to help the art world to authenticate works of art and prepare condition reports.
( | Press Release | 2018-02-28 19:14:31 )
SGS has unveiled the members of its new Art Services team in China. With offices in Shanghai and Beijing, the team offers museums, galleries, shipping companies, auction houses and private collectors a range of services, including artwork authentication and condition reporting.

The four members of the team are: Frederick Van de Walle, Senior Conservator & Technical Manager; Heng-Yi Lee, Art Inspector; Crack Li, Senior Business Development Manager; and Qiang Fu, Senior Business Development Manager.

Frederick Van de Walle has worked on several international conservation projects, including the late 14th century BCE Ulaburun shipwreck in Bodrum, Turkey. With a Masters’ degree from Antwerp and a Bachelor degree from Helsinki, Frederick has held a number of prestigious positions, including working for the AOC in Edinburgh, running the VIOE conservation department in Belgium and re-organizing a state-of-the-art shipwreck conservation laboratory in Tampa, Florida. Frederick has joined SGS to take up the position of Senior Conservator and Technical Manager.

Heng-Yi Lee holds two Masters’ degrees, from the Tainan National University of the Arts (TNNUA) in Taiwan and the University of Melbourne in Australia. He has worked for the Grimwade Center for Cultural Material Conservation (GCCMC) in Australia and the Conservation Center in Cheng-Shiu University in Taiwan. Heng-Yi has joined SGS to take up the position of Art Inspector.

Senior Business Development Manager, Crack Li, has recently rejoined SGS to take up the position. Following a successful career at SGS, which saw him rise from Sales Engineer to Branch Manager, Crack went to work for a leading financial training and consultancy business. His position encompassed Sales Director and company strategic transformation leader. Crack has now rejoined SGS to take up the new position and brings with him a wealth of experience in auditing and business development.

Qiang Fu has a background in business development in the artworld. She holds a MSc in Business Management from the University of Nottingham and a MA in Art History from the Central Academy of Fine Art, and has risen quickly through the ranks of the art world. She began her career at Christie’s Hong Kong Chinese Paintings Department, where she worked as a senior specialist, managing a variety of roles including business enhancement, research, and preparation for auction and private sale. This led to her working as a specialist counselor, providing professional and independent consultant services to the artwork. She has now joined SGS, as Senior Business Developer, and she completes SGS Art Services new Chinese team.

Thanks to its global network of laboratories and art conservators, SGS offers independent services tailored specifically to the needs of the art world. With offices around the world and a global network of experienced professional art experts, mobile laboratories, conservation scientists and painting conservators, SGS assists galleries, museums and collectors with a range of services, including:

• Condition and conservation monitoring
• Technical imaging, analyses and dating
• Inventory of fine art collections and funds
• Sale condition reporting
• Transport and exhibition condition reporting

Following recent scandals involving forgeries, auction houses, galleries and private collectors are now turning to science to help authenticate works of art and assess their condition. This helps protect them against the financial and reputational consequences of mistakenly buying a fake work of art. In this way, SGS is helping build trust in the art world.

SGS Art Services
SGS is the only art service provider in its category to maintain a global presence, including a dedicated laboratory in the Geneva Freeport. SGS has developed a unique system to monitor the condition of artworks globally, using an international network of accredited art conservators, proprietary software and rigorous museum level procedures.

For further information contact:

SGS Art Services China
艺术服务/Art Services
B-11F, No.900, Yishan Road, Xuhui District, 200233 Shanghai China

SGS Art Services Global
Yan Walther
SGS Art Services
Global Manager

About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.

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