25 August 2017

At Home in Antiquity: Alma- Tadema at Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum are presenting one of the largest ever exhibitions of celebrated Victorian artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema...

Detail of 'Coign of Vantage' Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1895. On Display at Leighton House Museum 7th July- 29th October 2017

The exhibition will run until the 29th October, and explores Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with representing domestic life in antiquity.

In late-nineteenth century London, Alma-Tadema began to paint scenes imagining life in the ancient past of Egypt, Greece and Rome. He found a large market among a public captivated with the romance and mystery of antiquity; intensified by great archaeological discoveries of the period.

The artist gained international renown for his enigmatic compositions, informed by a huge amount of research and attention to detail. He painted from life, studied ancient objects at The British Museum, visited ruins in Rome and Pompeii, and amassed a vast collection of photographs from ancient sites across Italy.

His work is often credited with creating in the popular imagination a romantic sense of what the ancient past looked like, and the exhibition explores his influence in some of the major stage and screen events of the twentieth century, such as Joseph L Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) and Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000).

To celebrate the exhibition, we've selected some beautiful nineteenth century pieces here at Grays reminiscent of Lawrence Alma-Tadema...

Hand-painted porcelain plate with classical scene, Vienna, late 19th century. Offered by Mousa Antiques

'Camel train before the tombs of the caliph, Cairo' Maxime Dastugue, Oil on Canvas ,19th Century. Offered by Patrick Boyd Carpenter

Gold and enamel bangle with putti, French or Swiss, c.1870. Offered by David Horton

Ornamental Meissen teapot, 19th century, Offered by K&M Antiques

18ct gold shell cameo of a classical lady, English, 19th century, Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

10 August 2017

The Mews at Grays

Grays Antiques is split into two diverse buildings, Grays and the Mews. 40 years old next year, Grays Mews opened in 1978 and has been home to a variety of antique and vintage dealers over the years, and while the front building at Grays is renowned for its antique jewellery, the Mews presents a varied offering from vintage jewellery and fashion to Middle Eastern antiquities.

In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting the many shops in the Mews and their stock - from vintage sunglasses, to Afghan rugs. Here is this week's round up..

Linda Bee
Stand L18-L20 | Tel: 020 7629 5921
Instagram: @lindabeevintage

Located next to reception by the entrance, Linda Bee has been based at Grays since the beginning and sells high quality and designer costume jewellery - specialising in the Egyptian revival period - as well as handbags, compacts, clothing and collectable perfume bottles. Some of her famous clientele have included Joan Rivers, Janet Jackson, Prince and Daphne Guinness!

Linda Bee's shop in The Mews at Grays.

Old as Time Antiques
A18, Lower Ground Floor. | Tel: 01442 395761
Twitter: @OATAntiques

Based downstairs in the Mews, Old as Time Antiques specialise in bracket, mantle and small clocks and timepieces, along with the repair, servicing and valuation of clocks and timepieces.

An early 20c Barometer/Clock Combination. From Old As Time Antiques.

Mousa Antiques
Stand B20 | Tel: 020 7493 8226

Founded in 1993 and based in The Mews at Grays for over ten years, Mousa Antiques stocks one of the largest collections of 19th century Bohemian and German glass in London. Mousa deals in 19th Century Bohemian and German glass in all forms: perfume bottles, goblets, decanters, glasses, vases and much more.

Pair of early 20th century porcelain 'Moonflasks', probably English. From Mousa Antiques.

Safi Shams Antiques
A14-15 | Tel: 07404586677

Safiullah has a large selection of textiles, beads, silver jewellery and many items of interest from Afghanistan. He also deals in antiquities, Islamic and Bactrian coins as well as seals.
Lapis Lazuli Sculpture of a bird, mid 20th century. Afghanistan. From Safi Shams Antiques.

Vintage Modes
Lower Ground Floor | Tel: 0207 409 0400
Instagram: @vintage.modes

Vintage Modes is a collective of vintage fashion dealers, made up of Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery, UnicornArabella Bianco and June Victor. Popular among stylists and celebrities, their stock varies from costume jewellery and bags to shoes and clothes.

Beaded Black-Multi Floral Vintage Bag, circa 1960s. From Arabella Bianco.

The Mews at Grays is located at 1-7 Davies Mews, London, W1K 5AB
Open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. Some shops are open Saturdays, 11am-5pm

4 August 2017

August Birthstone: Peridot

This month the spotlight is on peridot, which symbolises strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. In fact, Peridot is sometimes mistaken for emeralds and other green gems. 

One famous large peridot gem adorning the shrine of the Three Holy Kings in the cathedral at Cologne was, for centuries, believed to be an emerald, and only identified as peridot late in the last century. A few jewellery historians are now convinced that some, or possibly all of the emeralds Cleopatra was famous for wearing, were not actually emeralds.

Peridot is generally more affordable than emerald jewellery, making it an ideal gift for those born in August. At Grays you will find lots of beautiful peridot jewellery, here are a few of our top picks...

Victorian peridot & gold bracelet, offered by Spectrum
Victorian peridot & diamond ring, offered by Emmy Abe

1940s peridot & diamond ring, offered by Leila in the Mews

3ct peridot stone on diamond shoulders and platinum ring, offered by Maria Perez

Victorian necklace peridot & pearl, offered by DB Gems

Edwardian pendant, peridot and diamonds, offered by Alice Gulesserian

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