TEFAF Vetting

TEFAF Vetting


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.  


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.  


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.