10 August 2017

The Mews at Grays

Grays Antiques is split into two diverse buildings, Grays and the Mews. 40 years old next year, Grays Mews opened in 1978 and has been home to a variety of antique and vintage dealers over the years, and while the front building at Grays is renowned for its antique jewellery, the Mews presents a varied offering from vintage jewellery and fashion to Middle Eastern antiquities.

In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting the many shops in the Mews and their stock - from vintage sunglasses, to Afghan rugs. Here is this week's round up..

Linda Bee
Stand L18-L20 | Tel: 020 7629 5921
Instagram: @lindabeevintage

Located next to reception by the entrance, Linda Bee has been based at Grays since the beginning and sells high quality and designer costume jewellery - specialising in the Egyptian revival period - as well as handbags, compacts, clothing and collectable perfume bottles. Some of her famous clientele have included Joan Rivers, Janet Jackson, Prince and Daphne Guinness!

Linda Bee's shop in The Mews at Grays.

Old as Time Antiques
A18, Lower Ground Floor. | Tel: 01442 395761
Twitter: @OATAntiques

Based downstairs in the Mews, Old as Time Antiques specialise in bracket, mantle and small clocks and timepieces, along with the repair, servicing and valuation of clocks and timepieces.

An early 20c Barometer/Clock Combination. From Old As Time Antiques.

Mousa Antiques
Stand B20 | Tel: 020 7493 8226

Founded in 1993 and based in The Mews at Grays for over ten years, Mousa Antiques stocks one of the largest collections of 19th century Bohemian and German glass in London. Mousa deals in 19th Century Bohemian and German glass in all forms: perfume bottles, goblets, decanters, glasses, vases and much more.

Pair of early 20th century porcelain 'Moonflasks', probably English. From Mousa Antiques.

Safi Shams Antiques
A14-15 | Tel: 07404586677

Safiullah has a large selection of textiles, beads, silver jewellery and many items of interest from Afghanistan. He also deals in antiquities, Islamic and Bactrian coins as well as seals.
Lapis Lazuli Sculpture of a bird, mid 20th century. Afghanistan. From Safi Shams Antiques.

Vintage Modes
Lower Ground Floor | Tel: 0207 409 0400
Instagram: @vintage.modes

Vintage Modes is a collective of vintage fashion dealers, made up of Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery, UnicornArabella Bianco and June Victor. Popular among stylists and celebrities, their stock varies from costume jewellery and bags to shoes and clothes.

Beaded Black-Multi Floral Vintage Bag, circa 1960s. From Arabella Bianco.

The Mews at Grays is located at 1-7 Davies Mews, London, W1K 5AB
Open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. Some shops are open Saturdays, 11am-5pm

4 August 2017

August Birthstone: Peridot

This month the spotlight is on peridot, which symbolises strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. In fact, Peridot is sometimes mistaken for emeralds and other green gems. 

One famous large peridot gem adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the cathedral at Cologne was, for centuries, believed to be an emerald, and only identified as peridot late in the last century. A few jewellery historians are now convinced that some, or possibly all of the emeralds Cleopatra was famous for wearing, were not actually emeralds.

Peridot is generally more affordable than emerald jewellery, making it an ideal gift for those born in August. At Grays you will find lots of beautiful peridot jewellery, here are a few of our top picks...

Victorian peridot & gold bracelet, offered by Spectrum
Victorian peridot & diamond ring, offered by Emmy Abe

1940s peridot & diamond ring, offered by Leila in the Mews

3ct peridot stone on diamond shoulders and platinum ring, offered by Maria Perez

Victorian necklace peridot & pearl, offered by DB Gems

Edwardian pendant, peridot and diamonds, offered by Alice Gulesserian

28 July 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid's Exhibition at The Tate Modern

Fahrelnissa Zeid's first major retrospective exhibition is currently under the way at the Tate Modern, until Sunday 8th October 2017.

Fahrelnissa Zeid was an international artist, having originally trained in Paris and Istanbul. She was a key figure in the Turkish avant-garde d Group in the early 1940s and The Ecole de Paris (School of Paris) in the 1950s.

Fahrelnissa Zeid in her studio. Paris, c.1950s by unknown photographer Raad Zeid Al-Husssein. Image courtesy of The Independent

Farhrelnissa Zeid  'Untitled'. Image Courtesy of Pinterest

The 1950s  was an important period as it defined Zeid as a painter and cemented her reputation as an international artist. She is know for her vibrant kaleidoscopic paintings, which mix Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences with European approaches to abstraction, enticing the viewer in. 

After you have visited this exhibition, and feel inspired to explore these styles further, then join us at Grays where we have a variety of beautiful pieces redolent of Fahrelnissa Zeid.
Bronze Islamic 12th Century Pestle and Mortar. Available at Safi Shams Antiques

Byzantine Coin. Anastasius First Emperor. AD 4021-518 . Available at Pavlos S. Pavlou
Back image of the coin (above)

Arab - Byzantine Coin. Mvawya AD 661 - 680. Follis after a Byzantine issue of Justin II and Sofia Mint of Scythopolis. Available at Pavlos S. Pavlou

Back image of coin (above)

Early 19th Century Arabic Syrian Neillo Copper Bowl. The inscription on the front is Arabic proverbs. Dimensions: 27 cm diameter, 7.5 width and height 15cm.  Available at IQ Antiques Ltd

Persian Ceramic 12th Century Jug. Available at Solaimani Gallery

19 July 2017

Old as Time Antiques

Little and LARGE 
at A18, 
The Mews at Grays 

Since Old as Time Antiques moved to stand A18 in The Mews at Grays, they have focused on establishing their stock of bracket, mantle and small clocks and timepieces, along with the repair, servicing and valuation services they offer. 

Recently they have introduced wall mounted regulators, clock/barometer combinations, “Art Deco” clocks and the sale of a private collection of first quarter 19th century silver pair cased verge gents pocket watches and silver cased hunter gents pocket watches, all in perfect working condition. 

Below are some images of the pieces mentioned above. A full description can be viewed on the Grays website.

Silver Hunter Verge Key Wind Gents Pocket Watches

 English Silver Paired Case Verge Key Wind Gents Pocket

A Movado Clicker Timepiece, c1920/30 Image A WW2 Land Issue Gentlemen’s Pocket Watch

An ‘Art Deco’ Marble Timepiece

A Late 19c Fusee Wall Dial Timepiece Image A circa 19c/20c AustroGerman 1?2hr Wall Regulator

An early 20c Barometer/Clock Combination

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, and all day Friday or anytime by appointment.

Facebook: @oldastimeantiques 
Twitter: @OATantiques 
Tel: 01442 395761 (ext 6 for the support staff)
Email: oldastime@hotmail.co.uk

13 July 2017

Lapis Lazuli and the World's 'Most Perfect' Colour

Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone with a unique place in the History of Art…

Detail of 'Madonna and Child' Giovanni Bellini, Venice, c.1475-76. Ultramarine pigment created from ground Lapis Lazuli is used for the Virgin's Robe.

This vivid and intense blue rock, mottled with white calcite, has been mined in remote mountainous regions since antiquity; principally the Badakhshan mountains of modern day Afghanistan.

Before the discovery of smaller mines across the globe, these remote mountains were the only source of the rock known to Europeans. Travelling via the expanded east to west trade routes of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, lapis was ground into the pigment known as ‘Ultramarine'.

Declared by Italian painter Cennino Cennini as ‘the most perfect colour’ (The Book of Arts, 1400), the brilliance and rarity of the pigment usually reserved it for the adornment of angels and royalty, in particular the Virgin Mary. 

Through the influence of master painters Giotto, Masaccio and Bellini, the distinctive hue is now forever associated in visual culture with the robes of the Holy Mother.

Despite increased availability, the status of genuine lapis lazuli has endured and is used for fine jewellery, exquisite ornaments and striking decorative objects around the world.

If you would like to pick up your own piece of the world’s most perfect colour, we have curated a selection of objects available at Grays...

Fine carving from Lapis Lazuli depicting courtly ladies adorned with flowers. Chinese, mid 20th century. Available at Christopher Cavey and Associates

18ct Gold and Lapis Lazuli Castellated Seal. English ,Victorian c1839-1901. Available at The Antique Jewellery Company

Carved Lapis Lazuli Sculpture of a bird, Afghanistan, mid- 20th century. Available at Safiullah Shamas Antiques

Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Brooch, 1970s. Available at Michael Longmore

Free-form natural Lapis Lazuli. 20th century.  Available at Christopher Cavey and Associates

6 July 2017

Frieze Sculpture 2017

London’s largest outdoor exhibition, the Regent’s Park Frieze Sculpture 2017, kicked off yesterday and will run throughout the summer months, ending 8 October 2017. The exhibition brings together 23 new and significant works by 20th-century masters and leading contemporary artists from around the world.

Highlights include Thomas J Price’s (Hales) startling triple portraits of men of African origin; Reza Aramesh’s (Leila Heller Gallery) metamorphosis of mythical animal and subjected figure; and a six-metre-high ubiquitous toy-human figure by KAWS (pictured below).

We had a wander through Regent’s Park and were impressed by the spectacular works dotted around the area, which certainly made a striking effect. Here are some of our favourites:

John Chamberlain | Fiddler's Fortune 2010 | Coloured aluminium

Urs Fischer | Invisible Mother 2015 | Cast brass and enamel 

Magadalena Abakanowicz | Standing Figure with Wheel 1990 | Bronze and iron

Eduardo Paolozzi | Vulcan 1999 | Unique bronze

Bernar Venet | 17 Acute Unequal Angles (2016) | Corten steel

KAWS | Final Days 2013 | Afromosia wood 

At Grays, we discovered a few noteworthy sculptures from our dealers...

Salvador Dali | Venus Aux Tiroirs | Bronze | Offered by Tabunov Antiques

David Williams | 'Louise II' | Bronze | Offered by Horton London

Amedeo Gennarelli | Terracotta Bust | Offered by Patrick Boyd-Carpenter

29 June 2017

London Art Week

Kicking off tomorrow (with the preview today), London Art Week will be celebrating exceptional art from across the past 7,000 years! The art event is hosted across more than 40 of the London's best galleries and auction houses. Several of these galleries are based in Mayfair, very close to Grays, including Kallos Gallery on Davies Street and Raccanello on New Bond Street, not forgetting Bonham's and Sotheby's, also on New Bond Street, of course - why not combine a gallery visit with a trip to Grays?

Don't forget we have our very own art dealers at Grays, below is a selection and their pieces:

Stand 127
Tel: 020 7491 7623

Romain De Tirtoff (Called √Črte). November 1892 – April 1990. Russian born French artist and designer. Art Deco Fashion Design. Pen Ink and Watercolour. c1925. From Patrick Boyd-Carpenter.

Horton London
Stand 126
Tel: 020 7495 8752

Bronze sculpture, 1906. From Horton Antiques.

G21 & MG34/35  | Grays Mews
Tel: 07952 437 97

Stand B18/C19 | Grays Mews
Tel: 020 7629 7034

Three panelled Persian qajar with antique mirror interior.
Depicting family of the prophet. From IQ Antiques Ltd.

London Art Week

Thursday 29th June: Preview – Invitation Only
Friday 30th June – Friday 7th July: 10am – 6pm
Saturday 1st July – Sunday 2nd July: 11am – 5pm

Auction Houses:
Friday 30th June – Friday 7th July: 9am – 5pm
Saturday 1st July – Sunday 2nd July: 11am – 5pm
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