Who we are

CARAA is an analytical research unit which applies the most suitable and modern physico-chemical techniques existing for cultural heritage and art market in order to answer questions related to the conservation, restoration, dating, characterization or authentication of art objects.

The main lines of research developed at CARAA:

Material characterization and degradation phenomena study.
Works of art authentication and their consistency with the material and resources available to the presumed date.
Direct dating using different techniques according to the analyzed material : thermoluminescence, 14C, ESR, U/Th, dendrochronology.

CARAA works with a network of institutional laboratories and in agreement with various academic institutions in order to respond accurately to each issue.

All studies are subject to a detailed and reviewed report, including the operating conditions, the results and their interpretation.

Our Values


Privacy. The organization at CARAA is designed so that in all working conditions, your data are used only for internal use. We strive to maintain strict confidentiality either during the reception or the delivery of the results. We strive to ensure that the storage of the results also respects this confidentiality, without preventing the reissue of these result punctually, on your request, as a complimentary service.

Integrity. The respect of the scientific code of ethics is a fundamental requirement for us. CARAA is committed to avoid any conflict of interest.

Excellence. With our experience and our training, we are committed to providing high quality results for the analysis of the objects that you submit. All stages of the analysis were the subject of specific and validated procedures. CARAA implements the most appropriate methods to carry out the projects.

Innovation. CARAA offers a consulting service and a support to our key partners in order to enable them to realize their research project. It also develops alliances with leading research centers to reach clear readings of the submitted problematics.

Our Clients


Institutional (e.g.: Musée du Louvre, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Musée des BA de Nantes, Musée Fabre, Musée de Nancy, Musée Barbier, Musée Getty, CNRS, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, …)

Administrations (e.g.: CG de l’Aisne, CG de Mayenne, municipalité de Montbéliard, Nantes, Baugé, Le Pecq …)

Monuments and churches (e.g.: la Suze, Théméricourt, Giverny, St André de Mane, Cathédrale de La Chaise-Dieu …)

Archaeologists (INRAP, École Française de Rome, ENS, …)

Restorers, Conservators and Curators

Art Galleries (France, Belgique, Pays-bas, UK, USA, Italie, Espagne, …)

Auction houses (e.g.: Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Aguttes, Alde, …)

Industrials (e.g.: Yves Rocher, Cementys, Armcor, …)

Privates.