Art and Antiques Terminology
There are 3 names in this directory beginning with the letter V.
Valuation is the process of assigning a monetary value to an item or group of items, a collection, an estate or a business. Also the word used of the report that documents this process, describes the item(s) valued and the methodology used to arrive at conclusions, and states a specific monetary value. Sometimes taken to be a more formal or more binding word than appraisal, although nowadays the words valuation and appraisal are usually used interchangeably.
Used of items being exhibited and sold at an antiques fair, ‘vetting’ is the process of having items and their sales labels examined for accuracy and authenticity. The idea is that a team of experts verifies that the item is accurately described and may therefore be purchased with confidence.
In a fully vetted fair, a team of experts in each specific field has examined each and every item being sold in the fair before the fair opens, and as items are sold, the experts must examine any replacement stock before it can be displayed.
Vintage means ‘of a certain time period’, and it has come to mean collectables or tradeable items too old to be contemporary but not old enough to be seen as true antiques. Some dealers and associations define vintage items as those which are 50 to 99 years old; others simplify things by referring to all collectable items older than the contemporary period as ‘vintage’.
This is a Glossary of Art and Antiques Terminology. It includes Fine Art, Decorative Art and Design.
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