14 September 2017

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square, September 2017

The LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair is a prestigious international showcase and an exciting high point of London's Autumn social calendar.

Presented in the historic and atmospheric surroundings of Berkeley Square, a stone's throw from Grays, the fair begins Friday 15th of September and will run until Wednesday 20th.

Tickets are still available at the LAPADA website.

100 exhibitors will present work from across the art and antiques spectrum, spanning fine art, jewellery, furniture, antiquities, ceramics and much more.

Each and every piece and exhibitor is vetted by a 70-member strong specialist committee, and as ever many of our Grays dealers will be presenting. Below we have picked out some of our favorite pieces from these dealers, with details of their stand number. We hope to see you there !

Green garnet and diamond Prince of Wales Feathers brooch, 19th century. Offered by Nigel Norman Stand C30

Inkwell desk set by Max Bochmann for Meissen, c1905-10. Offered by Serhat Ahmet Stand C34

Van Cleef and Arpels sunburst pendant dress clip, c1960-70. Offered by Anthea AG Antiques Stand B40

Diamond tiara mounted in platinum, c1905. Offered by Moira Fine Jewellery Stand B47

Gold and enamel jewelled bourbon presentation snuff box, French, c1855. Offered by Pushkin Antiques Stand C10

18ct gold drop pearl earrings set with diamonds and emeralds. Offered by The Gilded Lily, Stand B35 

Carved beech cat, Faust E Lang, c.1930. Offered by Horton London Stand B32

18ct French gold and diamond ring, c1890. Offered by John Joseph Stand B45

Triumph of Love diamond and gold with blue enamel pendant, c1820. Offered by Wimpole Antiques Stand B1

Art Deco Lacquered box, Japanese, c1920s. Offered by Matthew Foster Stand B13

7 September 2017

The Mews at Grays - Part 2

This week's topic is a follow-up of a previous post about The Mews at Grays. The Mews offers a diverse collection of vintage, antiques and collectables.

We're highlighting three Mews dealers:

Ting's Jewellery Box
Showcase C22 | Grays Mews |Tel: 020 7629 7034

Ting is a well established dealer here at Grays and can be found in the basement of The Mews. Her stand contains a dazzling variety of fun vintage costume jewellery as well as a highly desirable collection of Victorian lockets. Pieces are often featured in glossy magazines such as Vogue.

Victorian Lockets
1950s Mermaid locket
Diamante Hand Necklace

Don Bayney Antiques
Stand A20-A21 | Tel: 020 7491 7200

Don has been a keen collector of Japanese swords and armour since the late sixties and has traded in this field since the early nineties. He joined Grays in 1991, where you can find him on the lower-ground floor in The Mews.

3 Swords on a Stand. Top: A boy's sword (possibly for the son of a Daimyo or Lord) Centre: Wakizashi blade (Shinto period) Bottom: Wakizashi blade (Shinto period) in excellent condition.

Tsuba, Iron, depicting rice bales. Signed and made by father and son.

Tsuba, Iron, depicting dragonflies in gold, signed Iwamoto Ikkan with Kao.

Pavlos S. Pavlou
Stand L17 | Tel: 020 7629 9449

Pavlos has been a numismatic consultant to a well known London auction company for many years. He is located on the ground floor in The Mews. You will find ancient, medieval and modern coins up to 1850 in his stand.

Ptolemaic Empire Egypt. Alexandria. Cleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II 116-107 BC. 

IC-XC, the redeemer enthroned holding the book of gospels, amulet lower right panel of throne. 

Christ enthroned, right hand raised in benediction,large dot either side. 

1 September 2017

The 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs

If you are looking for a trip out of London then why not head to The American Museum in Britain,  Bath, which is exhibiting 'The 1920's Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs' until the 29th October 2017.

Picture from the Jazz Age exhibit at The Fashion and Textile Museum. Image courtsey of WWD

The Dolly Sisters with headdresses, 1923, by James Abbe. Private Collection. Image courtsey of American Museum In Britain

The exhibition is a visual guide to the 1920s Jazz Age, during a time of Post war excess and emancipation. The iconic flapper dress became a statement of the time. Also exhibiting are evening capes, lame coats and ready-to-wear garments dating from 1919 to 1929. Photography during this era played an important role as captured by James AbbĂ© and illustrated by Gordon Conway who's work was shown in Vanity Fair.

Gordon Conway 'Red Cross Girl' illustration for Vanity Fair, 1918. Image courtsey of Cultural Compass at The Harry Ransom Centre, The University of Texas at Austin

'The Red Hat' illustration by Gordon Conway, for The Tatler, 18th December 1929. Image courtsey of King and McGaw

So if you are feeling in the mood to tap into the Jazz vibe then look no further and come join us here at Grays, where you will find a spectacular display of pieces waiting to be discovered.

Emerald Cut 1.50ct diamond ring with centre baguette stone and centre cut shoulders in 18ct white gold. Available at Alexandra Engagement Rings

Channel set diamante style 1920s bracelet. Available at Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery
Diamond and platium 12 carat set brooch with a double clip. Available at Jani
A long tassle necklace with oriental figure and cinnabar beads. Available at Gillian Horsup

Fan which was a give away for a furniture shop in the 1920s. Available at Linda Bee

Back view of the above fan with the inscription.

1920s Cigarette holders set. Available at Gillian Horsup

1920s Celluloid bangle for the upper arm. Available at Gillian Horsup
Bakelite and diamante belt buckle, c1920s. Available at Gillian Horsup

Very special 1920s beaded bag. Available at Linda Bee

25 August 2017

At Home in Antiquity: Alma- Tadema at Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum are presenting one of the largest ever exhibitions of celebrated Victorian artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema...

Detail of 'Coign of Vantage' Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1895. On Display at Leighton House Museum 7th July- 29th October 2017

The exhibition will run until the 29th October, and explores Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with representing domestic life in antiquity.

In late-nineteenth century London, Alma-Tadema began to paint scenes imagining life in the ancient past of Egypt, Greece and Rome. He found a large market among a public captivated with the romance and mystery of antiquity; intensified by great archaeological discoveries of the period.

The artist gained international renown for his enigmatic compositions, informed by a huge amount of research and attention to detail. He painted from life, studied ancient objects at The British Museum, visited ruins in Rome and Pompeii, and amassed a vast collection of photographs from ancient sites across Italy.

His work is often credited with creating in the popular imagination a romantic sense of what the ancient past looked like, and the exhibition explores his influence in some of the major stage and screen events of the twentieth century, such as Joseph L Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) and Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000).

To celebrate the exhibition, we've selected some beautiful nineteenth century pieces here at Grays reminiscent of Lawrence Alma-Tadema...

Hand-painted porcelain plate with classical scene, Vienna, late 19th century. Offered by Mousa Antiques

'Camel train before the tombs of the caliph, Cairo' Maxime Dastugue, Oil on Canvas ,19th Century. Offered by Patrick Boyd Carpenter

Gold and enamel bangle with putti, French or Swiss, c.1870. Offered by David Horton

Ornamental Meissen teapot, 19th century, Offered by K&M Antiques

18ct gold shell cameo of a classical lady, English, 19th century, Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

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

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