A factor that sets TEFAF apart from every other art fair is the thoroughness of its vetting. Our Vetting Committee, made up of 194 experts working in 29 categories, scrutinizes 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 dealers being present, TEFAF's 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 committee also assesses the condition of each work to ensure that it is worthy of display. In short, participating dealers are only admitted to TEFAF after a strict selection process and every artwork they present at the TEFAF fairs is examined for quality, authenticity and condition. In cases where there is any doubt about any of these three factors – quality, authenticity or condition – the object is locked away for the entire duration of the fair. Because of these high standards, buyers at TEFAF can feel entirely confident that any object offered to them at TEFAF 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 exact same level as Old Masters.

The Art Loss Register

TEFAF was also the first fair to introduce The Art Loss Register, in 2000. The Art Loss Register is 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. Any object found to be stolen is removed from the fair immediately.


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