PAN Amsterdam Vetting Principles

  • All objects offered for sale at PAN Amsterdam have been vetted prior to the fair;
  • Vetting takes place the day before the opening;
  • The 19 vetting committees consist of experts from the museum world, academia and the art trade;
  • All objects are vetted for authenticity, quality and condition with the objective of providing buyers with information that is as accurate as possible;
  • Each committee only vets objects offered for sale in the specialism concerned;
  • Exhibitors are responsible for providing the correct documentation to support the history, provenance, ownership, material and other typical characteristics;
  • Vetting committee members vet on the basis of the latest expertise;
  • Vetting guidelines are used. The vetting committees and the chair ensure they are complied with;
  • Jan Rudolph De Lorm is chair of the vetting committees.

Provenance research by The Art Loss Register

  • PAN Amsterdam also works with The Art Loss Register (ALR) on provenance research;
  • ALR is part of the vetting for PAN Amsterdam;
  • ALR manages a database of 500,000 objects that are registered as missing, stolen or the subject of a dispute. ALR checks that objects offered for sale at PAN Amsterdam are not in this database;
  • If an object is registered in this database, it is removed from the fair and an investigation is initiated. The object is not offered for sale at PAN Amsterdam until the investigation has reached a conclusion;
  • Visitors to and exhibitors at PAN Amsterdam can request an ALR certificate with regard to the purchase of an object.

PAN Amsterdam's 19 vetting committees cover the following categories:

  1. Archaeology
  2. Art Nouveau, Art D├ęco & Design
  3. Asian Decorative Art and Sculpture, Chinese and Japanese Ceramics
  4. Fine Art since 1945
  5. Books, Drawings, Prints, Manuscripts and Maps
  6. European Decorative Art and Sculpture
  7. European Porcelain and Pottery
  8. Glass
  9. Icons
  10. Jewellery (including Indian Jewellery)
  11. Vertu and Objets de Vitrine
  12. Clocks, Watches and Chronometric Instruments
  13. Late Furniture
  14. Sculptures 1800 - 1945
  15. Paintings before about 1820
  16. Paintings 1820 - 1945
  17. Tapestries, Carpets and Textiles
  18. Early Furniture
  19. Silver

More information

Read the interview with vetting chair Jan Rudolph de Lorm here (Article is in Dutch). For more information about The Art Loss Register click here. For specific questions about vetting please contact the organizers of PAN Amsterdam at