Every item for sale at London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is vetted for authenticity, date and condition. The details given on each item’s label are also checked to ensure that the object is accurately described. Once the Fair has started, sold stock is replaced daily and the fresh items are vetted before each morning’s 11am opening.
The strict vetting regulations and the vetting process enable visitors to buy with confidence. The vetting process ensures that the quality is uniformly maintained across all disciplines of art and antiques sold at the fair.
This process is carried out by a team of 90 experts drawn from many parts of the UK. They are dealers (some exhibiting and some not), restorers and auction house specialists, split into 16 committees.
There are datelines in place at the fair, however, contemporary items may also be
exhibited so long as the artist and his/her works satisfy the following criteria:
• They are internationally recognised and established and/or;
• They are represented in internationally renowned museums and collections and/or;
• They belong to an established school or art movement and the work of art has been created in the period in which it would appear to have been created and/or;
• They have a proven market value and/or;
• They are represented in the relevant literature.
All articles offered for sale by exhibitors have been submitted for inspection by members of the Vetting Committee to ensure that, as far as possible, they conform to the Vetting Regulations. However, the Organisers and the Vetting Committee of the AFE London fair do not in any way hold themselves responsible for, nor warrant, the authenticity or age of any article exhibited. Visitors should note that, while the members of the Vetting Committee use their knowledge and experience, their assessment of authenticity, origin, age etc. of any article is an opinion only and every buyer should exercise and rely on his/her own judgement on these matters. It should further be noted that members of the Vetting Committee have only inspected items that are actually at the fair – they have not looked at any images which may be broadcast on a screen on an exhibitor’s stand. The normal relationship of seller and buyer and the relevant laws and regulations apply between any exhibitor and any buyer. Visitors are advised to ask for a detailed invoice and receipt when making a purchase and must ensure that they are happy with the description of the object(s) purchased as this saves any misunderstanding after the event. In the case of gemstones, semi-precious minerals and jade, the organisers can give no guarantee that methods of colour enhancement, or other treatments, have not been used.