21 December 2017

Last Minute Christmas Gifts at Grays

English Chad Valley Bear, pre-1952 with Original Blue Bow. Available at All You Can Bear

The clock is ticking and there are only three days to go until Christmas, but don't worry last minute shoppers, we are here to help!

We've hand picked a beautiful selection of unique pieces - for him, for her, for friends, for children... for anybody who deserves something extra special.

Grays Antiques is located less than a minutes' walk from Bond Street tube station a stones throw from Oxford Street. We are home to dealers in everything from jewels, gems, fine silver, fine art and porcelain, to Islamic and Oriental art, vintage fashion and antique toys.

We are open Friday the 22nd from 10am-6pm and Saturday the 23rd from 11am-4pm. Let the hunt begin !

Chinese Canton Enamel Quatrefoil Tea Caddy, c.1736-95. Available at Guest and Gray

Regency 18ct Gold Micro Mosaic Earrings Depicting Birds and Butterflies. Available at The Antique Jewellery Company 

Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Ring. Available at Saul Greenstein

Meissen Ornament Depicting 'Leda and the Swan' c.1745. Available at Serhat Ahmet

French Multi-Stone Pendant with Tourmaline and Mint Quartz, set in 18ct Gold. Available at Horton London

American Crystal Cufflinks with Racehorse Paintings set in Gold, c1910. Available at Nigel Norman

French Egyptian Fan Design Cufflinks, 18ct gold, Cartier c.1960. Available at Jan Havlik Fine Jewels

Vintage Gucci Handbag. Available at June Victor
Mughal Indian Silver Tray, c.1740. Available at Joseph Cohen

14 December 2017

Glassblowing By Candlelight : Thursday 14th of December

 London Glassblowing Studio at 62-66 Bermondsey Street, Offering displays of glassblowing plus the sale of Peter Layton's signed pieces of decorative glass.

British artist Peter Layton is one of the world's most widely acclaimed glass artists, credited with invigorating the glass art market in London and abroad from his studio in Bermondsey. 

Glass Art aficionados or anyone with an interest in craft, showmanship and display, can RSVP to a special Christmas-themed evening tonight, 'Glassblowing By Candlelight'.

From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Peter Layton and the London Glassblowing team will host a festive evening of music, mulled wine and mince pies, as well as wonderful glass gift ideas. Enter your name in the Bauble Lucky Dip to win a chance to make a bauble in the studio this evening.

View and purchase wonderful Christmas gifts from Peter Layton and resident artists, as well as work from invited guest artists, including Amanda Simmons, Philip Vallentin, Jonathan Rogers, Stephen Foster, Morag Reekie and Ruth Shelley.

Guests will have the opportunity to browse fabulous creative treasures in the gallery, or find a studio piece at the sale table.

Those who may miss tonight's festivities can see Whats On at London Glassblowing in the future, and can also pop in to visit Aurum here at Grays, who have a special working relationship with Peter Layton, and talk passionately about his work whilst offering a wonderful selection of his pieces.

We have selected some of our favourites from their range below...

Glass Vase in 'Hockney' Design, Signed by Peter Layton. Prices start from £780.00. Offered By Aurum

Glass Bottle with Stopper in 'Reef' Design, Signed by Peter Layton. Prices start from £195.00. Offered by Aurum

Glass Vase in 'Pointilist' Design, Signed by Peter Layton. Prices start from £645.00. Offered by Aurum

Glass Vase in 'High Grove' Design, Signed by Peter Layton. Prices start from £440.00. Offered by Aurum

Glass Vase in 'Pollock' Design, Signed by Peter Layton. Prices Start from £780.00. Offered by Aurum.

7 December 2017

Christmas Table

Turn your table into a stunning display using elegant antique pieces and festive accents. Christmas is a time for magical splendour. Accessorise with luxe touches, and of course a touch of rich greenery and glitter!

Shop our Christmas table accessories, decorations, and centerpieces to make your festive table and dining room stand out.

Silver basket for candied sweets after dinner, 1791, London. Available at Hallmark Antiques

19th century Meissen porcelain centrepiece depicts The Three Graces of Greek mythology holding aloft an intricate decorated plate. Available at K & M Antiques

Cat & dog salt & pepper shakers, silver and glass, continental. Available at Jack Podlewski

Art Nouveau cups and saucers by KPM Berlin. Available from Serhat Ahmet

Solid 925 silver candlesticks, made by Crichton Brothers (Lionel Alfred Crichton) in Old Bond Street London 1939. Available at AMS Antiques
19th century Japanese Imari Fish Dishes, c1880. Available at Wheatley Antiques
Silver etched jug 1900-1910. Available at Evonne Antiques 

30 November 2017

London Mithraeum: An Ancient Temple in the Heart of London

A new exhibition at Bloomberg SPACE reconstructs an ancient temple and explores the most mysterious religion of the late Roman Empire: The Cult of Mithras, the bull slayer.

Permanent display at the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg Space. Tickets are Free but it is advisable to Book Online.

In post-war London, archaeologists discovered a subterranean river laid bare by the ruins of the blitz. Next to the river they unearthed a Roman settlement.

The conditions of the marshy ground had preserved a wealth of objects such as tablets, jars and rings but most significantly - the head of a young, masculine deity, identified as Mithras.

The god Mithras originated in Persia and first appeared in Roman worship around the 1st century AD. Evidence of small underground buildings dedicated to him, known as ‘Mithraeums’ have been discovered in Rome, Ostia, Numidia, Dalmatia, and along the Danube.

These would have been dark claustrophobic spaces, lit by torchlight. Only the names of higher ranking members of society are associated with the cult, and worship involved complex and mysterious initiation rituals. Exact details of their practices remain obscure…

The original discovery has been reconstructed for the new exhibition. It aims to create a multi- sensory experience combining traditional display with theatrical effects.

Visitors will descend seven metres underground into the temple amid mist, haze, and chanting voices.

Inspired by the spirit of discovery here at Grays (which boasts its own underground river, a lost tributary of the Tyburn) we've selected some of our finest antiquities from the Ancient Roman period...

Roman Male Head, 1st-2nd Century AD. Available at Antique Choices 

Roman Bronze in the Figure of a Bull, 2nd Century AD. Available at Armin Antiques

Micro- Mosaic based on original Ancient Roman Design from the Capitoline, Rome. Available at Peter Szuhay

Terracotta Rhyton in the form of a Bulls Head, 4th Century AD. Available at  Antique Choices

Ancient Roman Cameo of Medusa 4th Century, set in 19th Century Gold Mount. Available at Peter Szuhay

Roman Iridescent Glass Jar, 2nd Century AD. Available at The Solaimani Gallery

24 November 2017

Louise Dahl- Wolfe: 'A Style of Her Own' Exhibition

Louise Dahl-Wolfe: 'A Style of Her Own' is currently exhibiting at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, until the 21st January, 2018. The exhibition is the first major retrospective of her work to be shown the UK.

Image of Suzy Parker by the Seine, Costume by Balenciaga, 1953. Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Image courtsey of Its Liquid
Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895-1989) was regarded as one of the most important women fashion photographers of the first part of the 20th Century who defined the image of the modern independent post-war woman.

Dahl-Wolfe often photographed on location in exotic locations such as Cuba, South America, Spain and Mexico. Her work appears dynamic and spontaneous but was always meticulously planned. The exhibition features over 100 photographs focusing on three decades from the 1930s to 1950s and presents the work of couture designers Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior.

The exhibition also hones in on Dahl-Wolfe's 22 years as leading contributor to Harper's Bazaar from 1936 to 1958, and highlights the influence she had on photographers Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon and Iving Penn. Furthermore, the museum will also be celebrating Bazaar's 150th anniversary by displaying other photographic highlights. 

Liz Giubbons as photographer, 1938. Photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. Image courtsey of The Guardian

Image of Evelyn Tripp, 1952. Shot by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper's Bazaar. Image courtsey of High Low Vintage
Image courtesy of Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Harper’s Bazaar. Image courtsey of Its Liquid

Photgrapher Louise Dahl-Wolfe , 1958. Image courtsey of High Low Vintage
Mary Jane Russell in evening gown by Balenciaga, cover by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Harper's Bazaar, December 1951. Image courtsey of Pinterest.

If you're feeling inspired by the past, then why not come and visit us here at Grays where you can see our gorgeous selection of vintage items waiting to be discovered.

1950s American Metal and Lucite Handbag. Available at Linda Bee

1950s Pearl Clip Earrings. Available at Gillian Horsup

Faux Plastic Crocodile Look Alike 1950s Handbag in Red. Available at Linda Bee
1950s Gold Charm Bracelet. Available at June Victor

Tea Feather Hat, c1950. Available at Gillian Horsup
1950s Pearl Three Stand Bracelet with Rhinestone Blue Clasp. Available at June Victor

Mid 1950s Pichine Bronze Hat. Trimmed all over with ostrich feathers. Available at Gillian Horsup

16 November 2017

Old as Time Antiques

Gifts Available 

The last quarter of the year is a time when gifts are hunted down for birthdays, anniversaries and religious celebrations, or just to accompany a special moment.

At A18, The Mews at Grays Antiques we are able to offer a selection of pieces which are not only unique but also have a history. 

These encompass timepieces, clocks, watches and barometers from the early 1800s to mid 20th century. These are all shop ready and have a 12 month support warranty.

Examples from our collection include:

Items from the early 1800s

Gentleman’s Pocket Watches

Japy Freres 8day 1/2hr Garniture Clock

Items from the late 1800s

Japy Freres 8day 1/2hr Mantel Clock
Fusee Wall Dial Timepiece
8day 1/4hr Mahogany Bracket Clock

Items from the early 1900s
Marble ‘Art Deco’ Timepiece

8day 1/2 hour ‘Art Deco’ Mantel Clock
Glass Framed Art Deco Timepiece

8day 1/2 hour Mahogany Balloon Clock

WW11 Land Issue Gents Pocket Watch

Back of WW11 Land Issue Gents Pocket Watch

Items from the mid 20th Century
8day Skeleton Timepiece 
Gilded 8day Carriage Timepiece

All of our collection can be viewed by visiting A18 in The Mews at Grays Antiques, near Bond Street Station, London, or viewing graysantiques.com where some of our collection of clocks and furniture are illustrated and fully described. 

Items can be purchased from ourselves at A18, or if we are not in attendance, by asking Reception to assist you in any query and/or purchase. Items can be shipped by arrangement with either Grays or ourselves.

Unit A18, Grays Mews
Open Monday, Thursday afternoons and all day Friday, or anytime by appointment.

Twitter: @OATantiques
01442 395761 
(ext 6 for the support staff)

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