16 February 2017

Old as Time Antiques

We Have Moved
A18, The Mews at Grays 

Views of the Old as Time stand A18

Old as Time Antiques joined Grays Antiques in October 2014, originally using showcases P4 and FS06 in The Mews offering a selection of datelined shop ready warranted clocks and timepieces. Most recently, at the end of 2016, Old as Time took up an opportunity to develop their business at Grays by moving into unit A18 which provided more space, allowing them to offer a total range of clocks, timepieces, watches and small furniture. As their business dateline is 1930s, the majority of the items offered will range between early 19c to the first half of the 20c.  

Ken Jacobsen started trading as Old as Time Antiques in 1981 selling antiques and collectables at antique fairs.  By 1984 he had evolved the business to provide a comprehensive range of services. These include the service and restoration, valuation, surveys and audits of Antique Clocks and Small Furniture, in addition to buying and selling clocks and furniture. This move will allow them to offer a broader range of items, especially LCGM, LCGD, Wall Regulator, Fusee Walldial and Marine clocks and timepieces displayed on or alongside appropriate small furniture of the period. They are also planning to offer a selection of Barometers.

"I initially started trading in antiques as a secondary business activity  and having a technical engineering background quickly identified a compatibility with selling Antique Clocks. The challenge was to ad value to the selling and support of these items. Areas such as clearly describing the item, preparing each item for sale, supporting each sale and the customer for the initial 12 months. From the pre-sales preparation, we addressed the service, repair, restoration and valuation needs of our customers."

Below are some examples of the pieces currently being offered.

8-day 1/2 hr Arts & Crafts Mackintosh inspired Clock, c1900/30

8-day Art Deco Mantel Timepiece, Elliott c1920/30

30hr Art Deco Mantel/Desk Timepiece , c1920/30

8-day Jaeger LeCoultre Mantel/Desk Timepiece, early 20c

8-day Jaeger LeCoultre Mantel Timepiece, early 20c

Also, should you view this unit’s display and not find a specific piece you require call Ken on 01442 395761, he is very willing to undertake a search to locate examples for you. Talk to him if he’s available.

All their clocks are 'shop ready', having been prepared by individuals who have a proven record of completing simple and complex repairs to quality timepieces, clocks and watches. 

Unit A18, Grays Mews
Open Monday and Thursday afternoons, or anytime by appointment
Facebook: @oldastimeantiques
Twitter: @OATantiques
01442 395761 (ext 6 for the support staff)

10 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is an occasion to make a declaration of affection to your nearest and dearest, and a time when traditionally lovers surprise each other with gifts and tokens. Cards, chocolates and jewellery are commonly given.

Victorian Valentine's card
Valentine's Day was originally a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry and was thus jailed. From prison the Italian saint wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer - with whom it is believed he was in love with - before he was executed. His letter was signed ‘From your Valentine' starting the now international tradition.

Valentinus died on February 14th, 273 AD, which later came to be the day we now celebrate as St Valentine’s day.

Why not go green and unique this Valentine's and gift your loved one an antique? Here are a few lovingly picked Valentine's gift ideas for your loved ones available from some of our dealers here at Grays.

A pair of 18ct gold and pearl and diamond earrings, c.1950s, available from Shapiro & Co

19th century Victorian Meissen group of lovers, available from K & M Antiques

Vintage double heart gold tone brooch in brushed and shiny textures by Grosse. Available from Arabella Bianco

Beautiful Heart and Crown Brooch, available from Spectrum

Silver crescent moon clip earrings with gold washed hearts, available from Gillian Horsup

2 February 2017

Birthstone of the Month: Amethyst

January is finally over and February is here! We think it's a good reason to celebrate, especially if you took part in 'dry January'. Though if you have had one too many don't fret -  February's birthstone, the amethyst, is aptly associated with protecting its wearer from drunkenness! The name Amethyst comes from the ancient Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος méthystos ("intoxicated"). 

However, the stone is not just associated with drinking, Tibetans consider the amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it. In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia.

Regardless of its connotations, the amethyst is a stunning stone which adds a beautiful splash of colour to jewellery. We have discovered an array fine pieces adorned with amethyst at Grays. Here are our top picks:

Late Victorian amethyst flower brooch, available from the Antique Jewellery Company

Bernard Instone Arts & Crafts silver and amethyst brooch, available from Van Den Bosch

1930s platinum set amethyst ring surrounded by diamonds, available from DIEM

1950s Amethyst cufflinks set in 18ct gold, available from Horton London

Large emerald cut natural ametrine stone (half amethyst, half citrine), 1970s, available from Leila in the Mews

Late Georgian/ Early Victorian collet gold and amethyst, necklace, available from Robin Haydock

15ct yellow gold cabochon amethyst heart pendant surrounded by a border of double row split pearls, available from Spectrum

26 January 2017

Chinese New Year

Celebrations for Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, kick of this Saturday 28 January. The day is traditionally marked with the giving of gifts and celebrations with family, as well as looking to what the sign of the 2017 Rooster will mean for the year ahead - each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. After 2017, the next Year of the Rooster will be 2029.

As usual, London’s celebrations in Chinatown are set to be the biggest in the world outside of Asia. There will be a parade, which will be a colourful celebration of Chinese music, dance and acrobatics, as well as a drumming troupe from Hong Kong, plus a performance from the London Chinese Philharmonic Choir. 

Beyond the main celebration areas, don't forget to stop by Grays. We have antique dealers who specialise in Asian antiques, including the finest and most interesting Chinese antiques and collectables. We have rounded up a selection of items from various dealers...

Antique 20th century Chinese export solid silver large dragon box, c1900. Available from Pushkin Antiques Ltd.

Chinese armorial teapot and cover, Qianlong. Available from Anita Gray.

Chinese temple dogs, Ming. Available from David Bowden.

18th Century agate cat and kitten. Available from David Bowden.

Chinese blue and white teabowl and saucer, Kangxi (1662-1722), decorated with the 'cuckoo in the house' pattern. Available from Guest & Gray.

A wonderful 19th century Chinese mandarin fan. Availble from Wheatley Antiques.

19 January 2017

Antiques Young Guns at Grays!

This Valentine's season, Grays is very happy to announce that we'll be joined by the Antiques Young Guns, who will host seven showcases here in Grays Mews. The showcases will be stocked with carefully chosen vintage and antique gifts between 1st-18th February 2017. You'll be sure to find a great variety of beautiful, rare and sometimes wonderfully quirky objects, perfect for that special someone (or just for yourself).

A collection of skulls, from Joseph Berry Interiors

You will find the showcases beside the management office in the Mews at Grays, all items will be for sale via reception. They will only be with us for a short period, so be sure not to miss it! 

AYGs is an organisation with a focus on highlighting and supporting young members of the antiques and vintage trade, including auctioneers, fair organisers, and those working in related sectors such as PR and antique dealer trade associations. All their members have expert knowledge of, and a strong interest and passion for the worlds of antiques or vintage.

Below you can see a selection of the wonderful antiques from the Young Guns on display for sale at Grays this Valentine's.

1970s horology resin heart by Pierre Giraudon, from eddintheclouds

Rare late 19th century original carved Kauri Gum figure of a Maori Chief with Kahu Kiwi and Patu, from Heirloom Antique

Original portrait photograph of Elizabeth II by Dorothy Wilding, from Stephanie Connell Antiques

Walsh green lily vase, from Jon Irvine Antiques

A Louis Rousselet brooch made with gilt metal and glass. 1940s, from Gemma Redmond Vintage

Silver & mother of pearl letter opener, Birmingham 1928, from Woodbridge Antique Centre

12 January 2017

London Art Fair 2017

London Art fair is the UK’s premier modern British and contemporary art fair. This year is the twenty -ninth edition of the fair, running from 18-22 January 2017, at the Business Design Centre.

The event features over 100 carefully hand-picked galleries from the United Kingdom and overseas, displaying museum quality modern British art presented alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists. In addition to the main fair there are two curated sections - Art projects and Photo50 - that highlight emerging artists and contemporary photography.

There is also an in-depth programme of talks, tours and performances, covering a large array of topics alongside interactive educational workshops for visitors of all ages, which will run on the final day of the fair. All events are free to attend for ticket holders and take place within the Talks & Discussions Theatre.

Here is a selection of artworks available from a few of our dealers at Grays.

Small Castelli plaque, 18th century. The back of seated Pan, available from Guest & Gray

Wahda 'Rose Aged 8yrs, taken in 1992, South Yemen. Platinum print available from The Side Gallery

19th century ornamental bronze statuette of Napoleon on horseback, mounted on a marble base available from Patrick Boyd-Carpenter

Artist Jamil Hamoodi, watercolour with a deep frame, signed by the artist. c1970s, available from IQ Antiques

A 19th Century Zorn etching of Strindberg signed in pencil, available from Anita Gray

The oldest and the youngest of the Olpad Banjara group sitting on a old wire stool, available from The Side Gallery

6 January 2017

Vintage Designer Handbags

New showcase dealer Susie Nelson of Modes and More has recently come on board at Grays with her exquisite collection of high quality designer and rare handbags and purses.

The hand selected Modes and More range includes bags from the 1920s up to the 1990s and designer names such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Halston plus more. As well as bags and purses, in their Pimlico showroom or on their website (details below) you can also see their collection of vintage couture clothing and accessories from around the world.

A 1920s brown leather top handle bag with bakelite style decoration around the edges.
The bag has the original internal pouch pockets for makeup etc. £200

A 1940s Abalone shell minaudiere by Evans.The bag has a gold tone snake handle and is in excellent condition. £245

A chic bag by Lederer covered with a wonderful assortment of dogs. The bag has a flapover front and fold over clasp. There is a matching pair of gloves, with dog covered cuffs.  £190

A woven wool, paisley design shoulder bag by Artbag of New York, from the 1970s. The bag has a gold tone shoulder strap. £190

Bright red crocodile handbag from the 1970s. The bag is lined in burgundy leather and the strap can be tucked inside (bag used as a clutch bag) or used as a shoulder bag with the strap which has length settings. £220

Showcase V15, Grays Mews lower-ground floor
Modes and More, 44 Moreton Street, London, SW1V 2PB
0207 828 1325

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