PHOTO GUIDELINES

 

2D WORKS

1.Overall Front 

(Recto) of Image

The entire piece and (if applicable) frame should be visible while unnecessary background can be cropped out. The photo should capture the piece

head-on within the image and not be skewed.

2. Signature Close-up

This is very important for verifying that the attribution is correct. The full signature should be clearly visible and straight within the image.

3. Scenery or

Medium Close-up

A close-up allows for inspection of the medium. If the medium is difficult to discern from an overall image, a close-up will facilitate our appraiser's inspection of the piece and will confirm that the medium noted in your description is correct.

4. Overall Back 

(Verso) of Image

The back of a piece can have labels or inscriptions that indicate provenance, medium, or a title. Looking at the back of a painting will also show the condition and can reveal the age. Like in the recto image, the entire piece and frame should be visible, and any unnecessary background should be cropped out.

5. Additional Label Close-up

Any written information about a piece helps us conduct our research process. When we notice gallery labels, framing labels, frame plaques, writing, stamps, seals, and even related newspaper articles and notes about a piece, they are included in our documentation. Scanned copies of any paperwork you may have on your item will also be useful in our research.

6. Condition Close-up

A close-up of any notable condition issues should be included when applicable. We document issues such as tears, scratches, or paint loss so that we can properly evaluate the piece and recommend the correct restoration process.

3D works

 

1.Overall Front of Piece

2. Angles

We advise shooting the piece on a background that is as close to white as possible. However, if the object is translucent or light colored it is best to photograph on a black background. 

With three-dimensional objects, it is important to photograph all the details and angles of the piece. Photos should be taken of the back, sides, bottom, top, and the interior if applicable. Any separate accessories such as stands or lids should be noted and photographed as well.

3. Inscriptions

Always include any signatures, numbers, tags, labels, inscriptions, or symbols. If the details are not legible in the photograph, please make note of the markings in the description. 

4. Condition Close-up

A close-up of any notable condition issues should be included when applicable. We document condition issues such as cracks, scratches, or loss so that we can properly evaluate the object. Depending on the issue and the object, the condition can have a serious impact on the value. 

Furniture

 

1. Overall Front of Piece

We advise shooting the piece on a background that is as close to white as possible. However, if the object is translucent or light-colored it is best to photograph on a black background. If it is a large piece that you are unable to move, make sure it is as well lit as possible.

2. Angles

Photos should be taken of the back, sides, bottom, top, and the interior if applicable. Any separate accessories such as loose seat cushions should be noted and photographed as well.

3. Inscriptions

4. Condition Close-up

Always include any signatures, numbers, tags, labels,    inscriptions or symbols etc. If the details are not legible in the photograph, please make note of the markings in the description. 

Lastly, a close-up of any notable condition issues should be included when applicable. We document condition issues such as cracks, scratches, or loss so that we can properly evaluate the object.