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Meticulous Vetting Sets TEFAF Apart

TEFAF sets itself apart from every other organization in the thoroughness of its vetting and the dedication of the vetting committees to the vetting process. The vetting process is one of the main pillars of TEFAF Maastricht’s success.

TEFAF constantly monitors and adapts to the changing dynamics of the international art market. This is evident in our stringent and transparent vetting standards and procedures, which are continually evolving. This creates the best possible environment for collectors, be they private or institutional, and exhibiting dealers to buy and sell the highest quality works of art currently on the market.

TEFAF achieves this by bringing together the world’s leading experts from a multitude of disciplines to adhere to and implement TEFAF’s vetting procedures and regulations. This enables TEFAF to create a very high standard that applies across all its fairs.

Vetting Committees are composed primarily of academics, curators, conservators, conservation scientists and independent scholars.


Vetting Keuring TEFAF art fair buying art secure
In the days before the fair opens, TEFAF’s vetting committees conduct a meticulous examination of every piece on display in respect of its authenticity, condition, and attribution to ensure that the object is worthy of display. Objects are accepted for display once they have been approved by the relevant vetting committee.


Vetting TEFAF Scientific Research Team Checking
The vetting committees are supported by the TEFAF Scientific Research Team (SRT) who provide access to advanced on-site instrumentation and scientific research techniques. These tools are essential to the vetting process and enable the vetting experts to take a holistic approach to vetting based on their expertise and extensive experience.


The ALR is the world’s largest privately managed database of stolen, missing and looted works of art and antiques. As well as being vetted for authenticity, attribution and condition, exhibits at TEFAF are checked against the Art Loss Register (ALR) database of 700,000 items subject to a claim. The ALR includes items reported as lost or stolen, subject to a dispute or loan, or with other issues. Any object found to be subject to a claim is removed from the fair immediately.

Thanks to this procedure, buyers at TEFAF Fairs can feel confident that any object offered to them has been the subject of detailed scrutiny.

Digital Vetting For TEFAF ONLINE

Every object exhibited on TEFAF Online 2021 is subjected to TEFAF’s diligent vetting process, carried out digitally.

Digital vetting cannot compete with physical vetting in terms of the possibility of scientific analysis supported by a fully equipped scientific research team. Unlike all objects on display at physical TEFAF fairs, objects on TEFAF Online could not be physically examined. However, TEFAF has endeavored to provide the most stringent possible digital vetting procedure, which can best be compared to the pre-vetting of objects included in fair catalogs and for pre-fair marketing purposes. The Art Loss Register checked all the objects on TEFAF Online against their database. If no match was found in their register, the statement ‘checked by the Art Loss Register’ appeared against every object on TEFAF Online.

The carefully considered TEFAF Online format of maximum of 3 highlights per gallery was adopted to ensure the highest quality of artworks and research and to continue the TEFAF tradition of offering both exhibitor and collector the best possible experience and quality, this time in a virtual environment.