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).
An object's measurements greatly assist identification. All measurements
need to be recorded as accurately as possible, since inaccurate
information might prevent an object from being identified. If
accurate measurements are not possible for example, if
the description is made after the theft and the measurements must
be estimated from a photograph the information should include
qualification, e.g., approximately 175 cm, 50 cm (estimated).
drawings, and prints are measured the dimensions given should
be height followed by width (e.g., 66 x 45 cm). Unless
otherwise specified, auction houses and dealers always record
the "sight size" of the work that is, the area visible
within the frame rather than the overall size of the canvas, paper,
or panel. Museums, on the other hand, often record the dimensions
of the work unframed. Since frames are easily removed, the dimensions
of the sight size of a work are not as valuable for purposes of
identification as its dimensions unframed. Some institutions provide
both sets of dimensions together with qualifying remarks, such
as h.51; w.57.5. unframed h.55 cm; w.61.5 cm.
the height is invariably recorded, and usually the width and depth
as well. For works that are longer than they are tall, such as
reclining figures, the length should also be given. Whenever possible,
measurements should be taken at the highest and widest points,
with qualification added (e.g., 250 cm to apex of finial).
For objects of irregular shape, where the highest or widest points
are not clear, take measurements that can be understood by another
person examining the object, e.g., height 365 cm to point of
spear, 358 cm to top of head, 98 cm across plinth.
of furniture should include the height, width, and depth, in that
order. Some measurements will require qualification, e.g., width
250 cm with wings extended. Appraisers, auctioneers, and dealers
often provide only two or even one of the key measurements for
certain types of object for example chairs, where common
practice provides only the height of the back, or the height and
objects such as plates and bowls should be recorded in diameter,
whereas for tall and irregularly shaped objects, such as vases
and ewers, the height should be given. For carpets, rugs, and
tapestries, the length and width should be given, or the diameter
if the object is circular. Most clocks are measured in the same
way as furniture, although they may also be measured across the
dial, e.g., Ht. 10' (305 cm) Wd. 1' 10" (56 cm). Dial 1' 6"
(46cm) by 2' 6" (76 cm).
and/or weight of contemporary art installations may vary considerably.
In these cases, a range of measurements or average or "ideal"
measurements, should be provided
Size variable, ranges from 14' 5" (440 cm) to 15' 9" (480 cm).
candies, endlessly replenished supply, ideal weight 1,000 lb.
Wt. varies with each installation. Dimensions variable.
of objects made of precious metals such as gold and silver is
customarily recorded. Several units of measurements may be, including
grams (gm.), and avoirdupois (oz.), and Troy (oz.