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 Winter Olympia Art and Antiques has no datelines.  However, it is a traditional Fair and all exhibits must be of an appropriate quality and in the spirit of the Fair.  Contemporary work will only be allowed to be exhibited if the artist and his/her work satisfy the following criteria:

(a) They are internationally recognised and established and/or;
(b) They are represented in internationally renowned museums and collections and/or;
(c) They belong to an established school or art movement, and the work of art has been created in the period in which it would appear to have been created and/or;
(d) They have a proven market value and/or;
(e) They are represented in the relevant literature.

Vetting regulations for exhibitors.

It is strongly recommended that applicants read the full version of the Vetting Regulations. For any queries about vetting, please contact Kate Dilnott-Cooper or call +44 (0)20 7384 8150.


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.