Showing posts from February, 2017

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, the Royal Academy is taking a look back at one of the most momentous periods in modern world history with an exhibition entitled, "Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932" Renowned artists on display will include Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko, who all lived through the fateful events of 1917, which ended centuries of Tsarist rule and shook Russian society. The exhibition is running until 17 April 2017 and tickets cost £18. In celebration, we have unearthed several antiques at Grays from the run up to, during and period after the revolution. Here are our favourite picks. Art Nouveau Sapphire Diamond & Ruby Trefoil Ring. Probably Russian. From The Antique Jewellery Company. Russian silver cloisonne enamel master salt by Lubavin of Moscow 1896-1907. From Shapiro & Co . Enameled Russian silver bowl. Moscow ca 1900. From P & R Szuhay. lozenge shaped openwork brooch mounted in platinum.

Old as Time Antiques

We Have Moved to A18, The Mews at Grays  Views of the Old as Time stand A18 Old as Time Antiques joined Grays Antiques in October 2014, originally using showcases P4 and FS06 in The Mews offering a selection of datelined shop ready warranted clocks and timepieces. Most recently, at the end of 2016, Old as Time took up an opportunity to develop their business at Grays by moving into unit A18 which provided more space, allowing them to offer a total range of clocks, timepieces, watches and small furniture. As their business dateline is 1930s, the majority of the items offered will range between early 19c to the first half of the 20c.   Ken Jacobsen started trading as Old as Time Antiques in 1981 selling antiques and collectables at antique fairs.  By 1984 he had evolved the business to provide a comprehensive range of services. These include the service and restoration, valuation, surveys and audits of Antique Clocks and Small Furniture, in addition to buying and se

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is an occasion to make a declaration of affection to your nearest and dearest, and a time when traditionally lovers surprise each other with gifts and tokens. Cards, chocolates and jewellery are commonly given. Victorian Valentine's card Valentine's Day was originally a day to celebrate Saint Valentinus who performed weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry and was thus jailed. From prison the Italian saint wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer - with whom it is believed he was in love with - before he was executed. His letter was signed ‘From your Valentine' starting the now international tradition. Valentinus died on February 14th,  273 AD , which later came to be the day we now celebrate as St Valentine’s day. Why not go green and unique this Valentine's and gift your loved one an antique? Here are a few lovingly picked Valentine's gift ideas for your loved ones available from some of our dealers here at Grays

Birthstone of the Month: Amethyst

January is finally over and February is here! We think it's a good reason to celebrate, especially if you took part in 'dry January'. Though if you have had one too many don't fret -  February's birthstone, the amethyst, is aptly associated with protecting its wearer from drunkenness! The name Amethyst comes from the ancient Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος méthystos ("intoxicated").  However, the stone is not just associated with drinking, Tibetans consider the amethyst sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it. In the Middle Ages, it was considered a symbol of royalty and used to decorate English regalia. Regardless of its connotations, the amethyst is a stunning stone which adds a beautiful splash of colour to jewellery. We have discovered an array fine pieces adorned with amethyst at Grays . Here are our top picks: Late Victorian amethyst flower brooch, available from the  Antique Jewellery Company Bernard Instone

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