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
Answer These Questions:
What kind of object is it (e.g., painting, sculpture, clock, mask)?
What materials is the object made 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).
Are there any identifying markings, numbers, or inscriptions on the object
(e.g., a signature, dedication, title, maker's marks, purity 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
When was the object made (e.g., 1893, early 17th century, Late Bronze
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 the object, where it was made).
Keep It Secure
Having documented the object, keep this information in a secure place.