4 – 10 November 2013
All items for sale at the fair are vetted for authenticity, date and condition - the details given on each item’s label are also checked. Sold stock is replaced daily and fresh items are vetted before each morning’s 11am opening.
Vetting is carried out by a team of 100+ experts drawn from many parts of the UK, they include dealers (some exhibiting and some not), restorers and auction house specialists, split into 32 committees.
The Vetting Committee ensures that the exhibits are within the datelines for the fair. In some disciplines, there is a twenty year buffer zone from which items can be exhibited as long as the artist and his/her work satisfy the following criteria:
It should be noted that although an item may be outside the dateline of its material, if it is stylistically Art Deco, Art Nouveau or Arts and Crafts, and is of the period, then it can be vetted under the dateline of 1940. Equally, if an item is stylistically of the 1950s or 1960s and was made during that period, then it can be vetted under the Post War Modern Design dateline of 1969.
Vetting regulations for exhibitors.
Visitors should note that any item shown on the virtual gallery will be vetted at the fair in the normal way but not before that time.