23 December 2015

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

Running until 3 April 2016, Tate Modern is hosting a retrospective by the American sculptor Alexander Calder. Calder was a radical figure who pioneered kinetic sculpture, bringing movement to static objects, he was hailed the originator of the mobile, a sort of moving sculpture created with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to the touch or air currents.

Calder’s monumental stationary sculptures are known as stabiles. He additionally made wire figures that are like drawings created in space, and notably a miniature circus work that was performed by the creator. The artists aerial sculptures are unquestionably beautiful: fine balanced arrangements of forms like waving leaves, subatomic particles or celestial bodies, suspended from the lightest possible cat’s cradle of wire.

This exhibition continues Tate Modern’s acclaimed reassessments of key figures in Modernism. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture reveals how motion, performance and theatricality underpinned his practice, showcasing his collaborative projects within the fields of film, theatre, music and dance.

Below we have selected a few of our favourite pieces inspired by the Calder show.

Lea Stein brooch, avaliable from Gillian Horsup

Vintage aqua blue thermoset necklace by Trifari, avaliabe from Arabella Bianco

Pink glass Art Deco necklace & earrings, avaliable from Gillian Horsup

20th century beaded onyx necklace, available from Allison Massey
Red & white Art Deco necklace, available from Gillian Horsup

17 December 2015

Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs

The British Museum presents a major exhibition looking at an important transition in Egypt’s history never explored before in its entirety. Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs,  29 October 2015 – 7 February 2016, explores 1,200 years of history, providing unparalleled insight into the lives of different religious communities. This exhibition of around 200 objects will show how Christian, Islamic and Jewish communities reinterpreted the pharaonic past of Egypt and interacted with one another. The transitions seen in this period have shaped the modern world we know today.

In keeping with the Egyptian feel here at Grays, we have chosen a few Egyptian revival and Egyptian inspired items...

Egyptian style earrings, offered by Linda Bee

Egyptian revival necklace, offered by Ting's Jewellery Box

Pharoah medallion, offered by Ting's Jewellery Box

Egyptian Revival watch fob – brass and enamel, offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

1970s celluloid scarab brooch, offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery

10 December 2015

Escher at Dulwich Picture Gallery

At the turn of the 20th Century, Dutch draughtsman Escher created imaginative and often impossible worlds with his woodcuts and lithographs. From detailed geometric tessellations to complex architectural structures, Escher had a precise and mathematical approach to his work.

Very secretive and reclusive, he tried to increase the price of his work as his popularity grew to deter buyers and commissions, but this only proved to escalate attention!

Dulwich Picture Gallery is hosting the first Escher retrospective in the U.K. Running from 14th October 2015 - 17th January 2016, this is the perfect way to view Eschers eccentric work from his congruous distortions to the surreal interiors that attracted the psychedelic scene of the 1960s. 

In keeping with the abstract feel here at Grays, we have chosen a few stylised modernist pieces from our dealers to compliment the trend. 

Victorian, Scottish, banded agate bracelet, offered by Nayabelle
Solid sterling silver bracelet, offered by Nayabelle

Longwy Art Deco vase 'Chinese clouds', offered by Flo Morgan Gallery

3 December 2015

Christmas at Grays!

A big thank you to everyone who came and joined us for our annual Christmas shopping party last week! You all made it a truly festive and magical evening and we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. Fortunately Christmas at Grays does not end there, the spirit and beauty of the season will stay with us throughout all of December and we hope that you will share this with us as we count down the days 'til Christmas Day! 

Besides the most festive season of the year, we have another reason for celebration. Last week something happened that put an end to an era and made way for a new.  The ground shafts that have long been covering both the front and the bigger part of the side of Grays are now gone.  And finally, after five long years, the beautiful exterior is now openly displayed in all its' proper grandeur.  

So come and have a look at one of Mayfair’s most beautiful buildings and take in the season with us!

Christmas gifts at Grays. 

Indian silver cigarette case, 20th century. Offered by Faissal Shah Antiques & Jewelleries. 

Bohemian blue glass goblet with a twisted stem. Circa 1860. Offered by Mousa Antiques.

A platinum Art Deco three stone natural Burmese and square diamond ring. Offered by John Joseph.

A gold and diamond ring set to the center with a cinnamon diamond and a pear shaped diamond to each tip of the central diamond motif. Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company.

26 November 2015


Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends - primarily in the United States and Canada - to get together for a special meal. This occasion has been an annual holiday since 1863 to give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

On this important day, with loved ones around the Thanksgiving table, it's necessary for the host to have their best tableware laid out. At Grays, there is no shortage of exquisite tableware on offer. Below is a selection of items that would make your table the best dressed of them all!

A boxed set of Mother of Pearl and silver fruit cutlery set. Sheffield 1911, offered by Raysil Antiques
Wallendorf Coffee Pot & Cover with Puce Decoration, c.1765, offered by Serhat Ahmet Antiques

A boxed set of 6 silver coffee bean spoons, offered by AMS Antiques
Wine Glass Jug (sold as a pair) c1850, offered by Jack Podlewski
Meissen tête-à-tête comprising covered chocolate pot,covered sucrier, milk jug, cup &
saucer and tray, offered by K & M Antiques
1960s Silver & crystal decanters by Roberts & Dore, offered by Past & Present

23 November 2015

Christmas at Kew Gardens!

It's that time of year again and Christmas is can already be seen across London, with its spectacular illuminations and festive atmosphere. Everyone is spreading their own Christmas magic and Kew Gardens is no exception. By Wednesday 27th 2015 up until 2nd January 2016, this magnificent garden will have a beautiful seasonal transformation!

Decorated Christmas trees at Kew Gardens

But with or without the splendor of Christmas, Kew Gardens is truly one of London's most beautiful places. Situated in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, it holds the world's largest collection of living plants. The Collection includes more than 30,000 different kinds of plants together with an impressive herbarium containing over seven million preserved plant specimens. It also hosts a library which includes more than 750,000 volumes and over 175,000 illustrations. In addition, in 2003 Kew Gardens was added to the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO. The gardens even has its own police force, Kew Constabulary, which has been in operation since 1847.

The gardens as we know them today were founded in 1840, created from the exotic garden at Kew Park, but their origins can be traced all the way back to the merging of the Royal estates of Richmond and Kew in 1772.  Ever since then it has been structured, built and changed by many, although some of its earlier creations still remain today, such as the lofty Chinese pagoda built in 1761 by William Chambers, and the adjoining ‘Dutch House’. This was purchased by George III in 1781 as a nursery for the royal children, and is today better known as Kew Palace.

Other popular features are Palm House, the Nash and the Princess of Wales Conservatories and Queen Charlotte's Cottage, just to mention a few. 

Though nothing can really compare to the glorious greens and colourful shades of nature, the seasonal illuminations that light up the buildings, trails and plantings do create a special kind of warmth and delight. With the mile-long trail that will lead visitors past dancing lit-up fountains, a scented fire garden and many decorated Christmas trees, Kew Gardens will most definitely plant a wonderful seasonal mood in both mind and heart. 

At least it has done so here at Grays and while we count down the days ‘til Christmas, we have collected some of our own splendid examples of nature.  
18ct gold, jade and diamond leaf earrings. Offered by Spectrum

20th century, white paste, leaf shaped, double clip brooch. Offered by Gillian Horsup.

Edwardian platinum cluster ring, c1910. Offered by John Joseph.
18ct gold, diamond & ruby enamel bee necklace. Offered by Spectrum.
20th century, vintage, gold tone mesh snake brooch. Offered by Gillian Horsup.

1890s, large bronze jay bird signed by Bergmann. Offered by Mariad Antiques.

18 November 2015

International Men's Day 2015

International Men's Day (IMD) is a yearly global event celebrated in more than 80 nations - including the UK - on the Thursday, 19 November. IMD is a worldwide grassroots movement that welcomes everyone on the planet to come together and celebrate men in all their diversity.

Each year the event has grown in popularity, and is consequently celebrated by an assortment of organisations, plus public and charitable sectors in the UK, which use the event to highlight the need to provide more support to men and boys across the globe.

The current year's theme is 'keeping men and boys safe' and is designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to make a difference by addressing some of the issues that affect men and boys all over the world.To find out about International Men's Day and the events they are running throughout the event you can follow the www.ukmensday.org.uk 

Below we have selected a few of our favourite 'mantiques' from Grays which you can spoil a man with this year on IMD.

Art Deco gold filled pocket watch from Nayabelle

Balloon cased clock 2hour, 8 day clock with a French movement
housed in a solid mahogany case. 1905 from Old As Time Antiques

Edwardian Carved Intaglio Rock Crystal Dog Cufflinks from The Antique Jewellery Company

Half pint pewter tankard with curving handle. English, c.1820 from Jane Stewart

Skeleton clock single fusee 1900-1915 from Old As time Antiques

5 November 2015

ASIAN ART IN LONDON: 5 November - 14 November 2015

It's the eighteenth year of Asian Art in London, bringing together over 60 of the world’s top dealers, major auction houses and museums, and highlighting a wide range of antique and contemporary Asian art. This event will comprise of exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, collectors talks, auctions, study days and performances. 

Following the UK-China Summit in London last June, the 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange showcases the very best of British culture in China and vice versa. This year the Asian Art in London Gala Party celebrates this cultural exchange with support from the Chinese Embassy. 

The winner of the Asian Art in London Award 2015, will also be announced on night of the Gala. 10 works of art are drawn from across the region, showcasing a wide range of materials and techniques. The prize will be judged by a committee including curators from the Ashmolean Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Below are a few examples of the shortlisted objects: 

Imperial gilt-bronze ‘dragon’ ritual bell, 1716, Chinese (Kangxi period) Christie’s London

Bidri hookah base, 1650–75, Indian (Deccan, Bidar) Simon Ray Indian and Islamic Works of Art

White marble Ganesh, mid 9th century, Afghanistan (Hindu Shahi/post-Gupta Period) Joost van den Bergh

During this ten-day festival we are putting Grays on the map (and all year round!). Our dealers stock an incredible selection of Asian ceramics, silver, sculpture and art. 

Below is just a small example of items our dealers have on offer..

Chinese porcelain snuff bottle, Liu Hai, offered by David Bowden

Blue & white Chinese jar, c1622-1722, offered by Wheatley Antiques

Garuda 18th/19th century, bronze, solid casting, two parts, offered by Matthew Wood
Safavid tile, Persian, 17th Century, offered by Antique Choices

Rare Chinese helmet-shaped famille verte ewer, Kangxi (1662-1722), offered by A Guest & Gray

19th Century Chinese export Tu Mao Xing, solid silver, seven piece tea set, c.1880, offered by Pushkin Antiques Ltd

30 October 2015

The Fabric of India

Running from 3 October 2015 – 10 January 2016, 'The Fabric of India' is an exhibition at the V&A which forms a part of their India Festival. It is the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

The exhibition will showcase the best of the Victoria and Albert Museum's world-renowned collection, as well as masterpieces from international partners and leading designers, incorporating in total over 200 objects. A lot of these items will be on display for the first time and will take in a range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion.

Indian fabrics have forever been symbolic, whether that be of wealth, status or religion. Courtly splendour was shown by wearing sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship is still represented by sacred cloths. 

Today, young designers are adapting traditional making techniques to create exciting new fashion, art and design, and one of those designers is Geeta Handa of C-Atomic, a dealer, designer and artist, who is based within Vintage Modes at Grays. 

A British Asian designer and artist, Geeta has created a stunning collection of modern, vintage style pieces, using classic Indian fabrics. She has been Influenced by both her Indian and British heritage and each unique garment has been designed to be a combination of timeless ethnic fabrics and iconic western vintage silhouettes.

A vibrant mix of royal Benares handloom silks, Zardosi artisan embroidery work, Jhodpuri blue Jute, Buta (Paisley) Jacquards, Rajasthani Shisha (mirror) work and handcrafted embroidery is incorporated into both garments and accessories.

Black velour Indian fabric waistcoat, with gold and silver embroidery and gold piping.
Indian Benares silk pussy-bow blouse with woolen skirt

Chiffon Mix 'Bardot' Dress

C-Atomic, based within Vintage Modes
Grays Mews, lower-ground floor

All pieces available to view online: www.graysantiques.com/dealerDetail.php?dealer=547

07961 506 777 / geetahanda.c@gmail.com
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