Vestervang House Auctioneers (VHA) is the auctioneer and acts only as the appointed agent for the owner of the lot (the seller). VHA shall have sole discretion as to the conduct of any sale and its decision shall be final in all matters. VHA will not charge premium fees in any sale and all packaging is done inhouse. As this is an auction. ALL SALES ARE FINAL - ABSOLUTELY NO RETURNS.
Attribution and Condition of Lots
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of any statement as to authorship, attribution, origin, date, age, provenance and condition of any lot whether or not such statement forms part of the description of any such lot. Whether any such statement is made orally or in the catalogue it is an expression of opinion given after careful consideration and research. Each buyer by making a bid for a lot acknowledges that they have satisfied themselves fully as to the attribution and condition of the lot. Expressions and wording relating to the condition are used to briefly describe our opinions of the lots and will not fully list minor blemishes, scratches, small repairs or slight restorations. Bidders are strongly advised to check all lots and all details before bidding. Items can also be viewed prior arrangement with VHA. Potential bidders can contact us by phone or email a day before the start of the auction.
All measurements are approximate.
A variety of expressions may be used to describe an opinion of the date(s) of origin attributed to lots offered at auction. An unqualified statement e.g. 'Ancient China' or circa 200-700CE means that in our opinion and of the actual owner of the lot, the lot dates to the mentioned period. The phrase 'Possibly XYZ period? means that in our opinion the lot may date to the mentioned period but there is a strong element of uncertainty in this attribution. The terms 'Archaistic' 'Antique' 'Style' or 'Undated' mean that the lot may be of recent origin, replicating an ancient style or design for decorative purposes. Except when otherwise specified, when no date is offered, the lot may be of mixed dates (e.g. Iron Age, Roman and Medieval items offered together in a single lot) or in our opinion the lot may be of recent origin.
VHA makes no guarantee with respect to age or authenticity, therefore VHA strongly advises potential bidders to do their own research before placing bids.
VHA is not responsible for any technical or other failure that might result in bids not being received. Therefore, we advise any bidders to leave an absentee bid for a lot you are interested prior to the start of the auction.
Registering and Approval for VHA Auctions:
Prospective bidders must register before the sale. Due to the ever increasing internet fraudalent activities, VHA will request a form of identification such as a photocopy of passport or driving license which can be sent via email. VHA reserves the right to refuse to register any bidder or to refuse any bid at their sole discretion and without stating any reason.
Payments will be made within 3 days of the date of the sale. Our preferred payment method is by credit card. We accept Mastercard and Visa only. Card payments carry out an additional fee of 5% and and will be processed offline by Zoom Office, our sister company. Payments by card may take a while to processed whilst verifing the necessary checks with the card company. UK bank money transfers do not carry any additional charge. Where overseas payments are made by bank transfer, bank charges of £15.00 will be levied to the final price.
European Union buyers will incur a 20% tax in their final invoice. This is line with UK customs and revenue. NO tax will be charged to Non European Union buyers.
Packaging, Shipping and Insurance
All packaging will be conducted by Vestervang House. All goods will be sent recorded delivery and fully insured by either Royal Mail, Fedex or UPS. We will always quote you the most affordable and safest service.
Packaging materials, shipping and insurance charges are the responsability of the buyer, and these will be invoiced in your final bill. IMPORTANT: Vestervang House is not responsible for the mishandling or lost of items whilst on transit to the buyer, this is solely the responsability of the carrier. However, we will assist to pursue any claims.
Overseas Import Regulations:
Regulations, import tariffs, taxes, restrictions or other matters of the country where the buyer resides are the sole responsibility of the buyer. Buyers resident in the USA should note that restrictions on importation of cultural goods are in force for items originating from the modern geographical areas of China, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Latin America. This list is not intended to be complete and other restrictions may apply or residents of other countries may be affected. Residents in Canada should note that items transiting through the USA are similarly restricted. The buyer is solely responsible for compliance with import criteria. Vestervang House will not be responsible for any delays or other action arising from any customs import procedures.
In the inlikely event of a dispute, the buyer must notify VHA immediately but no later than fourteen (14) days after the date of the sale, in writing and stipulating fully the grounds for such dispute. VHA will consider all the grounds for dispute and will have the final decision. During the progress of any dispute, VHA shall hold any and all monies paid by the buyer until such time as the matter is finalised. No claim will be considered unless the item is first returned to VHA in the same condition as at the time of sale. Shipping costs are no refundable.
Acceptance of Buying/Bidding Terms:
Any person bidding at any sale is deemed to have read and accepted these terms in full and undertakes to fully indemnify VHA against any claims. ALL SALES ARE FINAL - ABSOLUTELY NO RETURNS.