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
and repairs. If possible, include a scale or object
of known size in the image.
Type of Object
What type of object is it (e.g., painting, sculpture,
Materials and Techniques
What materials is the object made of (e.g., brass,
wood, oil on canvas)? How was it made (e.g., carved,
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,
makerŐs marks, purity marks, property marks)?
Does the object have any physical characteristics
that could help to identify it (e.g., damage, repairs,
or 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 cultural group
a Short Description
This can also include any additional information which
helps to identify the object (e.g., colour and shape
of the object, where it was made).
Having documented the object, keep this information
in a safe place.