QUALITY, AUTHENTICITY AND CONDITION
A factor that sets TEFAF apart from every other organization is the thoroughness of its vetting.
Our Vetting Committees, made up of 189 experts working in 29 categories, scrutinize every item to be presented at the Fairs and evaluates the quality of the exhibitors.
THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
Prior to each Fair and without the exhibitors being present, TEFAF vetting experts study each artwork in detail, review provenance research and verify attribution. To do so, they have access to the most sophisticated technical equipment, including Hirox digital microscopes, UV and infrared reflectography, direct digital radiography, and X-ray fluorescence portable spectrometers. The vetting members use all of these tools in tandem with their own personal expertise and extensive experience.
TEFAF: BUYING ART WITH CONFIDENCE
The Vetting Committees also assess the condition of each work to ensure that it is worthy of display. In short, participating exhibitors are only admitted to TEFAF Fairs after a strict selection process and every artwork presented is examined for quality, authenticity and condition. In cases where there is doubt about any of these three factors, the object is locked away for the entire duration of the Fair. Because of these high standards, buyers at TEFAF Fairs can feel entirely confident that any object offered to them has passed through the hands and under the eyes of leading international experts before being presented at the Fair. Modern and contemporary art is vetted to the same exacting standards as Old Masters.
A factor that sets TEFAF apart from every other art fair is the thoroughness of its Vetting.
THE ART LOSS REGISTER
TEFAF Maastricht was the first Fair to introduce The Art Loss Register, the largest private database of stolen art in the world. It helps resolve art-related ownership disputes and operates as a central checkpoint for due-diligence searches and provenance research. It also assists the art trade in protecting itself against trading in stolen, looted, illegally excavated or exported property to safeguard its financial security, reputation and clients.