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The Object ID Checklist, side one:

What is Object ID?
Object ID is an international standard for describing art, antiques, and antiquities. It has been developed through the colaboration of museums, cultural heritage organizations, police and customs agencies, the art and antiques trade, appraisers, and the insurance industry.

Why use Object ID?
A stolen object is unlikely to be recovered and returned to you unless it has been photographed and adequately described. The Object ID checklist helps you provide the information needed to identify an object as yours.

How do I use Object ID?
Object ID is easy to use. Just follow the checklist on the back of this page and try to answer as many of the questions as possible.

Where can I find out more about Object ID?
For more information about Object ID, write to:

Object ID
Getty Information Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049-1681

Or visit:


Tate Gallery, London/Art Resource, New York
Morisot, Berthe. Girl on a divan, c. 1885.
Tate Gallery, London, Great Britain.

Art Resource, New York
Polychrome figure of a priest, possibly the Patriarch Ryumyo.
Late Kamakura period. Private Collection.

Giraudon/Art Resource, New York
Large breast-plate, in gold.
Musée Institut d/Afrique Noir, Dakar, Senegal

Giraudon/Art Resource, New York
Silver bowl from Bordeaux, 1744.
Musée des Artes Decoratifs, Paris, France.

Beniaminson/Art Resource, New York
Anonymous, 17th century. St. John the Baptist, Russian Icon.
Kremlin Armoury, The Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

The Object ID Checklist, side two:


Take Photographs
Photographs are of vital importance in identifying and recovering stolen objects. In addition to overall views, take close-ups of inscriptions, markings, and any damage or repairs. If possible, include a scale or object of known size in the image.

Answer These Questions:

Type of Object
What kind of object is it (e.g., painting, sculpture, clock, mask)?

Materials & Techniques
What materials is the object made out of (e.g., brass, wood, oil on canvas)? How was it made (e.g., carved, cast, etched)?

What is the size and/or weight of the object? Specify which unit of measurement is being used (e.g., cm., in.) and to which dimension the measurement refers (e.g., height, width, depth).

Inscriptions and Markings
Are there any identifying markings, numbers, or inscriptions on the object (e.g., a signature, dedication, title, maker's marks, purity marks, property marks)?

Distinguishing Features
Does the object have any physical characteristics that could help to identify it (e.g., damage, repairs, manufacturing defects)?

Does the object have a title by which it is known and might be identified (e.g., The Scream)?

What is pictured or represented (e.g., landscape, battle, woman holding child)?

Date or Period
When was the object made (e.g, 1893, early 17th century, Late Bronze Age)?

Do you know who made the object? This may be the name of a known individual (e.g., Thomas Tompion), a company (e.g., Tiffany), or a cultural group (e.g., Hopi).

Write a Short Description
This can also include any additional information which helps to identify the object (e.g., color and shape of object, where it was made).

Keep it Secure
Having documented the object, keep this information in a secure place.


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