Winter Art & Antiques Fair provides a unique opportunity to buy from the greatest range, with items available from £100 to £500,000. As a high quality vetted fair, every item is checked by specialised experts, providing visitors with confidence that what they buy is authentic and has the correct labelling.
What is vetting?
Vetting is the process undertaken prior to the opening of the fair when a team of experts from the UK, Europe and the USA checks the items being offered for sale. Once the fair has started, sold stock is replaced daily and the fresh items are vetted before each morning’s 11am opening.
What are the vetters looking for?
The Vetting Committees check each item for authenticity, date and condition. The details given on each item’s label are also checked.
Who are the vetters?
The team comprises of dealers (some exhibiting and some not), museum curators, auction house specialists and restorers split into thirty two committees.
Why is this important?
The Vetting Regulations and the vetters’ expertise enable the visitor to buy with confidence. The vetting process ensures that the high quality of the fair is uniformly maintained across all disciplines of art and antiques sold at the fair. Please see the Vetting Regulations 2019, new and updated Regulations are coming soon.
Images on this website
Images of works of art contained on this website or in publicity material relating to the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia have been submitted by exhibiting dealers and may not have been viewed by the Vetting Committee. The images are illustrative only and may differ from the actual works. Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia accepts no liability for any divergence between the image of a work of art and the actual piece in question.
All articles offered for sale by exhibitors have been submitted for inspection by members of the Vetting Committee to ensure that, as far as possible, they conform to the Vetting Regulations. However, the Organisers and the Vetting Committee of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia do not in any way hold themselves responsible for, nor warrant, the authenticity or age of any article exhibited. Visitors should note that, while the members of the Vetting Committee use their knowledge and experience, their assessment of authenticity, origin, age etc. of an article is an opinion only and every buyer should exercise and rely on his/her own judgement on these matters. It should further be noted that members of the Vetting Committee have only inspected items that are actually at the fair – they have not looked at any images which may be broadcast on a screen on an exhibitor’s stand. The normal relationship between seller and buyer and the relevant laws and regulations apply between any exhibitor and any buyer. Visitors are advised to ask for a detailed invoice and receipt when making a purchase and must ensure that they are happy with the description of the object(s) purchased as this saves any misunderstanding after the event. In the case of gemstones, semi-precious minerals and jade, the organisers can give no guarantee that methods of colour enhancement, or other treatments, have not been used.