Showing posts from February, 2018

'Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy' Exhibition at Proud Central Gallery London

Proud Central Gallery , is currently exhibiting 'Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy ', until the 18th March 2018. The exhibition celebrates the bold appearances that defined London's colourful 'Swinging Sixties' era.  Recognised for his exemplary collaborations with David Bowie, Brian Duffy photographs are an integral record of modern Britain, exploring the youth-driven cultural shift within art, music and fashion. The exhibition has a diverse collection of photographs, many unpublished since the 1960s, depicting fashion, editorials, celebrity portraiture and international advertising campaigns as Duffy captured the lifestyle trends in this pivotal decade.   Jill Kennington On The Love of Queen Magazine, 1965. Photograph by Brian Duffy. Image courtesy of Pinterest  Fashion for Vogue, Florence, 1964 Photograph: Brian Duffy. Image courtsey of The Guardian  Jean Shrimpton Photograph by Brian Duffy. Image courtsey of The Guard

Chinese New Year

Today marks the start of the new Chinese New Year. The festival itself lasts 15 days made up of family gatherings, food rituals, offerings at temples, dressing up and taking part in street parades. It is also a time to wish loved ones good fortune for the future. It also marks the start of the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12 year cycle and each year has a corresponding animal. Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture, and can be used to determine your fortune for the year.  The characteristics of those born in the Year of the Dog are not dissimilar to those dogs have. These people are considered to be brave, loyal, and have a strong sense of right and wrong. At Grays our dealers have a superb collection of Chinese treasures that would make wonderful gift offerings for the new year, here's a small selection: Pair of Blue and White Porcelain Vases, c.19th century, available from Arts of Asia Chinese blue and white dish, Kangxi mar

Floral Displays with Antique Vases: Perfect for Valentine's!

Sevres Porcelain Display Bowl, 19th Century. Available at Mousa Antiques Everybody loves to receive flowers on Valentine's day! They make the receiver feel special and spoiled, as well as brightening up the home on a mid-February day when spring feels very far away.  To really pack an extra punch with flowers, try creating a floral display with an antique vase. The vase will last far longer than the flowers, its display evolving with the seasons, and there are some beautiful period pieces to choose from.  Choosing a bouquet to match your antique vase is easier than you might think, as both complimentary colours and contrasts can work well. With a vase that is a beautiful work of art in its own right almost any type of flower can come to life. We've selected some of our favourite antique vases now available at Grays , from colourful Cantonese to classic cut-crystal.. Cantonese Famille Rose Ginger Jar, 20th Century. Available at  Mhangura Antiques, Jeweller

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