30 November 2011

Christmas Sparkles

With Christmas getting closer, Grays is feeling more festive than ever. Tomorrow is our annual Christmas Shopping Event, we start to celebrate at 5pm and stay open until 8pm. Please join us for drinks, music and festive moods and enjoy browsing among the 200 antique dealers for the perfect Christmas gift. In this wintery mood we found some sparkly items at Grays to entice you with.

Unusual Liberty & Co pewter box, inset with a Fleetwood Charles Varley enamel sparkling snow scene, ca 1900, offered by Van Den Bosch

An Art Deco Christmas card, made by the pouchoir process by Edoard Halouze, offered by Gillian Horsup

Contemporary Christmas tree brooch in white paste and dark leaf green glass stones, also from Gillian Horsup

Christmassy Lea Stein tree brooch, also offered by Gillian Horsup

Lovely star shapes reminds us to sparkle during the long and dark Christmas nights, and Grays dealers have a variety of stars on offer. 

Beautiful Victorian emerald and diamond star shaped pendant with enamel borders foiled in gold, with a snake chain, offered by Boris


Keep the warmth and enjoy soft lighting staying indoors with this 18th century star shaped Indian oil lamp made from stone with side inscriptions, from Mughal Art

These Vintage Swarovski white crystal and faux pearl earrings will make you sparkle at any Christmas party, offered by Linda Bee

And to get a glimpse of those bright stars in the night sky you could try a pair of Victorian binoculars in tortoiseshell, inlaid with mother of pearl stars, ca 1880, from Evonne Antiques

24 November 2011

Royal lights

Pia and Neil from Grays Management team had the pleasure of meeting HRH The Duchess of Cornwall last evening at the turning on of the Christmas lights at Burlington Arcade. The Duchess greeted a selection of the 500 attendees as she passed through the crowd and Grays Management were honoured to be part of this. Thereafter she took to the stage where she gave a speech supporting the Arcade, this was followed by a selection of music performed by tenor group Incognito.

23 November 2011

Winter Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia

There was a fantastic turn out of almost 24,000 at the Winter Fine Art and Antiques Fair held at Olypia last week.

Grays Dealers John Joseph, Gilded Lily, Sue Brown, Anthea Gessua and Wimpole Antiques participated in the fair selling a vast selection of exceptional and rare items to the public. For those of you who missed the fair, you can visit the spaces virtual gallery here.

Grays Dealer John Joseph

Anthea Gessua, Grays Dealer

Anthea Gessua at Grays

Grays Dealers, Gilded Lily

Grays Mews Dealer, Sue Brown

Grays Dealer Van Den Bosch

Grays Dealer Wimpole Antiques

Interior Shot of the Fair

Interior Shot of the Fair

Grays Christmas Gift Guide 2011

Don't miss the Grays Christmas Shopping Party next Thursday 1st December. Spend the evening with a glass of bubbly as you shop for the perfect Christmas presents. RSVP for your free invitation: 020 7629 7034 or info@graysantiques.com. To help you find the perfect Christmas present, we’ve created the Grays Christmas Gift Guide. With a stunning selection of gifts on offer from our dealers at Grays, this guide will show you some of the hidden treasures at Grays.
  Christmas Gift Ideas
Late 19th century ceramic fish plate, C1890.From Wheatley Antiques, Stand 106.
Silver violin vespa. From Margaret Mullins, Showcase P7.
Vintage Chanel perfume bottle. From Linda Bee, Stand L17.
Visit www.graysantiques.com for more information.

16 November 2011

Kate Middleton dazzles in vintage jewellery

We can confirm that the earrings worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday are from Beaut’s Vintage Collection. The design worn by the Duchess of Cambridge is part of the collection supplied exclusively to Jenny Packham.

The earrings are silver with 9ct hoops with crystal paste stones and hand set in London.

Beaut is a small concession based in Grays Antique Markets who specialize in bespoke, bridal and vintage style jewellery.

Beaut Limited
Grays Antique Mews
T: 020 7629 0688
M:07771 628050

11 November 2011

Christmas Festivities at Grays

Put these December dates in your diary for two special Christmas shopping events at Grays.

Join Grays dealers on the 1st December from 5pm-8pm and enjoy a glass of bubbly and some festive entertainment as you shop for the perfect presents.  For your free invitation please RSVP by calling 020 7629 7034, emailing info@graysantiques.com or via the Grays facebook page.

If for some reason you are unable to attend there will be a second Christmas shopping day on Saturday 10th December.  Coinciding with Oxford and Regent Street's traffic free day we will be serving mulled wine and mince pies for all customers. The perfect way to spend an afternoon!

5 November 2011


Grays welcomes new jewellery dealers 'Nayabelle' and 'Leila in the Mews'.

To co-incide with bonfire night this evening, we thought we would share with you a few little sparklers to feast your eyes upon.
Details of each item can be found under the images, or contact Reception for further enquiries. Enjoy!

4 November 2011

Boardwalk Empire

If you haven't seen the gritty period drama Boardwalk Empire yet, put it on your Christmas watch list.  Set in roaring 1920s Prohibition America it charts the times of Enoch 'Nucky' Thomspon  (played by Steve Buscemi). It is based on real life Atlantic City, New Jersey, political boss and racketeer Enoch Lewis 'Nucky' Johnson.  Using his political position he controlled Atlantic City during the 1920s and created a temporary refuge from Prohibition, making the city incredibly popular.  The series follows a group of characters involved in all sorts of activity such as the bootlegging, bribery and gambling that was rife during the Prohibition era.

Produced by Martin Scorsese the series is brimming with 1920s glamour and style.  From the clothing and jewellery right down to the champagne flutes and decadent interiors of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Babette's Supper Club where much of the action takes place.
Flappers at Babette's Supper Club

Ladies Longines diamond watch c1920s. £2500. From Westminster Group

 White paste double dress clip by Ciro Pearls. £78. From Gillian Horsup at Grays.

Celluloid topped bag with butterfly decoration c1930. £168. From Gillian Horsup at Grays.

Unworn peach silk vintage camisole by Fascinette London. From Vintage Modes in Grays Mews.

Gambling in Boardwalk Empire
Tortoiseshell trump marker c1920. From Raysil Antiques.

A real speakeasy in Atlantic City in the 1920s.
[Image from Mafia Today]

 A small  sterling silver cocktail shaker made in the 1920s by Reed and Barton.  From AMS Antiques at Grays.

 A silver art deco corkscrew by Mappin and Webb. c1920. From Raysil Antiques.

Spend an afternoon at Grays and go home with a whole wardrobe, jewellery box, and cocktail bar full of beautiful and original items from this glamorous and volatile era.
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