28 November 2014

#AYG Christmas Cracker at Grays

For those of you that made it to the Grays Annual Christmas Shopping Party last night - we hope there weren't too many sore heads this morning! - you'll already know about the much anticipated collaboration between Grays and the Antiques Young Guns. Last night the #AYG launched their special Christmas Cracker showcases here at Grays, where several of the Antique Young Guns are displaying their pick of the best antique gift ideas, all for sale from reception at Grays! Some of the inspiring Young Guns participating are; Alyce Dobbie, Robyn Alston, Amanda Pickett, Jon Irvine, Mara gold, Joseph Kennedy, Natalie Leon, Claire O'Neil, Jason Clarke and co-founder George Johnson. Head on down to Grays now to check out the cabinets, located in our Grays Mews building, 1-7 Davies Mews, W1K 5AB.

Antiques Young Guns' Mark Hill - who is resident here in the Mews at Grays - and George Johnson co-founded the AYGs along with Gail McLeod and last night announced exciting news of their collaboration with U.S. Antique Shows, meaning they can now take the success of the Young Guns to the US. Read more here about #AYG's latest news!

The #AYG Showcases at Grays, next to the management office in the mews.

Joseph Kennedy at London House Antiques. A selection of items including; 1955 Adventures of Tin Tin book. Collection of three plain cordial glasses. 1970s Pear Ice Bucket.

A selection of shelves with items from Jason Clarke.

21 November 2014

New Showcase Dealers

Ancient -Jewellery
Showcase V25, Grays Mews

Adam Murray of Ancient-Jewellery has a stunning selection of early jewellery such as ancient Greek, Roman through to 17th century.  His fascinating showcase would not look out of place in the British Museum!

Renaissance Gold & Enamel Pendant, c1540

Roman gold intaglio ring, 3rd century AD

Roman red jasper intaglio of a Panther, 1st century AD

Brian Butterworth
Showcase P08, Grays Mews

Brian specialises in a wide variety of beautiful silver objects, from pocket watches to salt & pepper shakers. If you are stuck for gift ideas, Brian's showcase will not dissapoint!

A pair of sliver candlesticks. Sheffield 1913.

Silver repousse cream jug. Birmingham 1874

Very ornate German silver spoon. Clear marks, 925, 1831
Dont forget, next week 27 November is the annual Grays Christmas Shopping Party! Join us from 5pm-8pm for music, drinks and festive fun whilst you shop. 
Please RSVP 020 7629 7034 or info@graysantiques.com

13 November 2014

In the Spirit of Remembrance

Special events all over the country are commemorating the centenary of the start of First World War. At the Imperial War Museum, First World War galleries and an interactive website gives access to archive material of the diaries and personal papers of a wide cross-section of First World War veterans. The material acquired by the Museum comes from across all the services and is not limited to specific rank or social class. From 1916, street shrines began to appear, and a year later, the Imperial War Museum was founded to record the conflict for future generations.

WWI nurses, photograph, offered by  R.G. Grahame
WWI Compass, offered by Leon's Militaria

The First World War represents the first occasion on which a truly mass British army was placed in the field, and who were literate enough to write their thoughts and experiences. Therefore it communicates an overview of combatants of all ranks, via their personal papers and sound recordings. Moreover, it aims to include men and women from all the countries who, at the time of the conflict, formed part of the British Empire or those from other nations who contributed to the British war effort.

Trench art: Matchstick holder, offered by Leon's Militaria
Trench art and scarf, offered by Leon's Militaria
Trench art: A very fine pair of German WWI shell cases, dated 1915 & 1917. Offered by Leon's Militaria

At the other end of London, the Tower of London, is the powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. It is an evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. Officially unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War, saw the Tower of London's famous dry moat progressively filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies - not a random number - but the number of British and Colonial soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

Photo from Morning Walks Blog

Poppy installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, Tower of London

The poppies which now encircle the iconic landmark create not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary. It is thought that about five million people have visited as people seem to have taken ownership of the art work. The wave of blood-red blooms flowing across a walkway and the cascade pouring down from a tower will now be preserved at the London site for an extra fortnight beyond Armistice Day on Tuesday. The two structures will then tour the country before finding permanent homes at the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester.

WWI embroidered postcards, offered by  R.G. Grahame

A selection of prints, WWI military figures and King George V, offered by  R.G. Grahame
'Our Persevering Officials' print, offered by R.G. Grahame

"All Clear" by Bugle Call: In London After an Air Raid, print, offered by  R.G. Grahame

The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. By the end of the war, four major imperial powers ceased to exist, were dismantled or lost substantial territory. The maps of Europe and West Asia were redrawn, with several independent nations restored or created. The poppy was the only thing which grew in the aftermath of the complete devastation. Inspired by Lt Col John McCrae now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’, the poppy is a symbol of Remembrance.

Persian Empire Order of the Lion and Sun Commander's neck badge by Gustave Wolfers, Brussels. Offered by Leon's Militaria
Poppy pin
A factory off the Old Kent Road in London was set where five disabled ex-Servicemen began making poppies. The (Royal) British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million handmade poppies which they sold almost immediately on 11 November that year. Today the factory is based in Richmond and millions of Poppies are sold every year. At Grays we have selected objects dating from the conflict 100 years ago.

 Written by Titika Malkogeorgou

6 November 2014

Christmas Gifts Ideas and Late Night Shopping Events at Grays

Christmas is coming closer and so does the search for the perfect Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest. Join us as we kick start the festive season in style with our Late Night Shopping Event on Thursday, 13th November 2014 from 5pm - 8pm, which coincides with the switching on of the South Molton Street and Bond Street Christmas lights. You will be warmly greeted with mulled wine and minced pies as you browse among the 200 dealers for that unique Christmas gift.

And if this is not enough to make that final purchase decision, don't worry we have it all covered with another festive event to satisfy your shopping needs and desires. We invite you to join us for our exclusive annual Christmas Shopping Party on Thursday, 27th November from 5pm - 8pm. This year we are delighted to welcome the Antiques Young Guns, who will be presenting their Christmas Crackers! - their pick of the best antique gift ideas. Enjoy live music, a glass of bubbly and take your time to discover the delights Grays has to offer.

RSVP here or contact us for your free invitation on 020 7629 7034 or email info@graysantiques.com
To help you find the perfect presents we have hand picked a gift selection to suit every person and pocket:

Victorian bar link charm bracelet with 17 charms set in 9ct gold. Offered by Spectrum

Victorian natural pearl locket and chain set in 15ct gold, c1890. Offered by Shapiro & Co
Hardstone cameo figure depicting Hestia, Greek goddess of hearth and home holding an eternal flame. Filippo Tignani,  1883. Offered by Horton London
18ct Gold Victorian strawberry red enamel & natural split pearl locket pendant. Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company
1920s white painted metal compact. Offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery
Pair of gold green enamel frog cufflinks set with rose cut diamonds and ruby eyes, c1900. Offered by Nigel Norman
Cartier watch 1960s vermeil tank quartz 925, with original Cartier bracelet. Offered by Paulette Bates
Fountain pens from the 1920s and 1930s offered by Shabbir Solanki Antiques
Mid 19th century French decorative jewellery box. Offered by Mousa Antiques
Tea caddy, sliver 800, c1910. Offered by Boggitt and Bond
Rare monolith vase by Pavel Hlava, Czechoslovakia c1958. Offered by Mark Hill
Grays Gift Vouchers are certain to make a perfect gift. They can be purchased in £10, £20, or £50 denominations at Grays Reception.

Why not personalise your gifts with Grays in house engravers - Bennett & Thorogood - who can engrave on to all precious metals and a wide variety of objects from gold and silver jewellery, watches, tankards, napkins and even umbrellas!

We look forward to seeing you in store. Enjoy your shopping!
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