“Protecting Provenance Through Science” Forensic DNA Security Marking & Coding Service Applications to the Art and Antiques Sector: Countering Counterfeits!

  • American Women's Association 11/F, Arion Commercial Centre 2-12 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Asia Week Hong Kong presents

“Protecting Provenance Through Science” Forensic DNA Security Marking & Coding Service Applications to the Art and Antiques Sector: Countering Counterfeits!

by Colum Stewart - Chief Operating Officer of TrackArt

The forgery and faking of art, archaeological and cultural treasures has a long and varied history, with this nefarious industry of replicating and copying being an ever-present thorn for the trade. Hong Kong is a thriving modern free port with a well-found reputation as a centre for Chinese antiquities and Contemporary Chinese art. Record prices and recognition have only increased the demand for the high-end authentic pieces, which in turn has helped fuel the market in fakes and substitute products, thus putting both the collector and the trade at risk. Modern scientific methods, incorporating the manufacture of synthetic DNA for forensic marking and coding services, have made it increasingly necessary to evaluate the importance of protecting the provenance and history of an object. This relatively new discipline (synthetic DNA), in addition to having its own specific entities, has also found value in establishing ‘brand’ protection for those embracing its use, but most importantly, it helps to ‘lock’ in the provenance of an item once it has been expertly coded and catalogued. Equally important is the strength given to the ‘trace-ability’ aspect should a coded item be stolen. This presentation will look at the origins, development and use of DNA; the arrival of synthetic DNA products and how they have helped in establishing a new market in the cataloging, security, protection and retrieval of high-value art and specie.

Drinks and snacks will be served.
Registration required.
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About the speaker

Colum Stewart, COO

Colum joins TrackArt with a background in risk management and security gained in Asia over the last 20 years.  A graduate of King’s College London he has worked in various roles with and for the world’s largest commercial fire and security companies including Chubb, Kidde, Tyco, Securitas and G4S.  His experience in safety and security especially with high value logistics is of particular relevance for TrackArt’s customers both corporate and high net worth individuals.  For the past 15 years Colum has been based in Hong Kong working with local, regional and mainland based clients. Colum has a wealth of experience in risk assessment process control and audit for safety and security. These skills are of particular relevance to TrackArt’s customers for whom security is a critically important consideration.