27 April 2011

Opening Times During the Royal Wedding

If you are planning on visiting Grays over the bank holiday please note the following opening times:

Friday 29th April:  CLOSED
Saturday 30th April: OPEN 10am-5pm*
Sunday 1st May: CLOSED
Monday 2nd May: CLOSED

*Grays Mews will be closed on Saturday 30th April.

Grays will be open as usual from Tuesday 3rd May.

26 April 2011

Wedding Days

In the week leading up the Royal Wedding and with all the hype surrounding Kate's wedding dress in particular, we thought we would share a little glimpse into the past and some of the beautiful brides captured on their wedding day's throughout history...

 1923-Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the late Queen Mother) Image: about.com

1920s bride with a wax wreath orange blossom tiara.  
Image: victoriana.com

1930s bride & groom. Image: victorianamagazine.com

Cyril and Winifred Kirk 9th September 1940s wartime wedding. Image from BBC2 Archives. 

1953 John F Kennedy & Jacqueline Kennedy

 1969 - Elvis & Priscilla Priestley

1970s Wedding. Image from here

1981 - Princess Diana  

13 April 2011

Easter eggvaganza

We are nearing Easter, which originally was a celebration of Eostre, pagan Goddess of spring. Bede's 8th century writings describes the Ä’ostur-monath, which was the Anglo Saxon equivalent to the month of April, and that feasts were held in her honour. 


The egg has a long tradition as as symbol of birth and fertility and has been adopted into creation myths from Babylonian times onwards and the Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of resurrection.  An exciting discovery of patterned ostrich egg shells indicates that eggs were possibly used as symbols as far back as 60,000 years ago.

Enigmatic patterned ostrich shells found in Africa.

At Grays we scoured our shelves to find ovoid shapes to fuel the Easter imagination.

 Beautiful egg shaped silver jewellery box, made in Chester, 1909, offered by Evonne Antiques

An antique red and white overlay glass egg-shaped box, containing four Palais Royal scent bottles, all in fine ormolu mounts, France,19th century, offered by Alexia Amato

A very pretty vintage goldtone compact decorated with flowers, 20th century, offered by  MGN Collectables

A rare 18th century Japanese five colour Imari box and cover, offered by Anita Gray

A magnificent pair of ovoid shaped Italian Palermo Maiolica pharmacy jars. Boldly painted in shades of black, yellow and grey, with military trophies, including a coat of arms, all on a blue ground, reserved with a cartouche within a gadrooned frame, one depicting a lady with a laurel branch, the other depicting Christ bearing a cross, ca 1600, offered by Anita Gray

 Meissen ovoid vase and cover on three legs, painted with bouquets of flowers within three cartouches on a rich cobalt blue and gold ground, circa 1880, offered by K and M Antiques

An unusal rotating Minton Oyster Stand, ca 1870, offered by Britannia


Lovely rock crystal slide showing double flaming hearts surrounded by two angels and flowers, out of pressed gold, on a platted hair background with gold wire cypher. Circa 1680 – 1700, offered by Charlotte Sayers

8 April 2011

New Contemporary Gallery in Grays Mews


We are pleased to announce our new permanent gallery location
3 6   S o u t h   M o l t o n   L a n e
M a y f a i r

and invite you to the opening of our inaugural exhibition on 10th May:

A x o n o m e t r i c
Y u n - K y u n g   J e o n g

Axonometric Jungle, Acrylic on fabric, 90 x 90cm

SUMARRIA LUNN is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by Yun-Kyung Jeong. Axonometry has played a part in artistic practice for centuries. In essence, it means to 'skew' perspective. Now an invaluable tool for engineers, axonometric projection involves showing an object or structure in orthographic projection; foreshortening each plane of the viewing surface so they can be observed in relation to one another. With a power to fortify our perception of the world around us, in its most basic form axonometric perspective taps into our desire to see more, touch more, experience more. While much of Yun Kyung Jeong's work draws on the application of axonometry it is this broader motivation to unveil new realms to the viewer that can be found throughout her work. These are landscapes, but in the loosest sense of the word.

Yun-Kyung Jeong - Axonometric
Private view: Tuesday 10th May / 6 – 9pm
Exhibition runs: Wednesday 11th May to Saturday 4th June / 11am - 6pm (Mon to Fri) / 12 - 5pm (Sat)
36 South Molton Lane, London W1K 5AB

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For further details please contact Will Lunn or Vishal Sumarria:
Will Lunn: 07845 594 549
Vishal Sumarria: 07956 329 675
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7 April 2011

Love is in the Air...

The sun is out - and so are the chairs, limbs and hormones! There is no denying the effect the longer evenings and blooming trees have even on the grumpiest of us. And with butterflies in the belly and a big wedding happening this month right under our noses, we thought we'd give you a nudge and get you in the mood with a slightly different take on engagement and wedding rings! We found the most unusual and interesting rings that add a touch of history and originality to any proposal plan!
Rare Tahitian Natural Green Pearl Ring from The Pearl Gallery

Unusual 1930s Engraved Boucheron Sapphire & Platinum Seal Ring from Jan Havlik

Elaborate Jade Ring with Diamond Borders from M&A Kaae

From unusual pearls, rare craftmanship and striking shades to what is thought of as more traditional shapes and stones, yet in these pieces particularly eyecatching...

Pearl and Diamond Art Nouveau Ring from Jo Elton & Olly Gerrish

Unusual Georgian Chrysolite Eternity Ring from Charlotte Sayers

Baguette Cut Diamond Ring with Drop from Michael Ventura-Pauly
Pieces in such bright and strong colours are perfect to get you in the summer mood and will definitely be delightful for a life time...

Stunning 1940s Emerald Ring from Beaut

Fabulous 1960s Multi Gem Ring from JLA

1920s Princess Ring with eight different kind of stones from Sue Brown
Some rings in more classic shades are in no way behind in style and imagination...

Invisible Set Sapphire and Diamond Art Deco Ring from JLA

Detailed Art Nouveau Diamond Peacock Ring from Van Den Bosch
Lastly we found a few pieces with a special touch of history: memorial rings elaborately crafted in different shapes and colours, engraved with messages and memories of past owners and their love stories. These are truly unique pieces!
Victorian Inscribed Memorial Ring from Charlotte Sayers

Unusual Triple Opening Memorial Ring with Inscription and Dates from Shapiro&Co

Early Victorian Heart Shaped Mourning Ring from Charlotte Sayers
And for the keepsake and transportation even a special 'jewellery box'...

Unusual Novelty Silver Enamel Ring Box in the Shape of an Egg, ca. 1905, from Shapiro&Co

2 April 2011

Mothers Day...

It isn't too late! For those of you who may be having a little difficulty tracking down the perfect gift- we have personal shoppers here dedicated to help you find the perfect present. Just enquire at reception for further details. Remember we are always open every Saturday from 11am-5pm.

1 April 2011

Thames and Hudson Scarf Exhibition

Thames and Hudson have just released a new book titled 'SCARVES'  and we popped down for the press release at the Brick Lane Gallery. 

Grays Dealers Gillian Horsup, June Victor-Vintage Modes and Linda Bee all made an appearance and there were some fantastic scarves on display.
Gillian Horsup and June Victor from Vintage Modes, Grays Antiques.

The blurb:

'Indispensable accessories and sought-after collectors’ items, scarves were an important innovation in 20th-century fashion. From Art Deco through 1950s Hollywood, the Swinging Sixties and beyond, scarves have been represented in every major decorative arts movement over the past century and into the present one.
This marvellously illustrated compendium showcases the work of a wide range of international designers: Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Mary Quant, Gucci, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Zandra Rhodes, Nicole Miller, and many more. Here are more than 250 scarves, beautifully reproduced in colour and all specially photographed, and many never before seen in print.
• Includes concise biographies of more than fifty scarf designers, retailers and manufacturers, and a resource guide provides expert advice on dating and conservation, museum collections, vintage fairs and specialist dealers.

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