22 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 The exhibition has a diverse collection of photographs, many unpublished since the 1960s, depicting fashion, editorials, celebrity portraiture and international advertising campaigns as Duffy captured the lifestyle trends in this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

 Jean Shrimpton
A 1961 photograph by Duffy for Vogue, top, with the model Judy Dent on Westminster Bridge, in London. Photograph: Duffy/Getty Images . Image courtsey of The Guardian

Michael Caine by Brian Duffy, 1964. All pictures: © Duffy Archive. Image courtsey of The East Anglian Daily Times

Brian Duffy – E-Type Jag, 1960 (Left) / Queen Mag – Love, 1968 (Right). Image courtsey of Wide Walls

If you are feeling inspired by the swinging sixties, then why not head to Grays, where you will find an eclectic mix of 1960s pieces waiting to be discovered. 

Circa 1960s, Arts and Crafts EPNS Candlesticks with Cabochon Stones. Available at Jack Podlewski

1960s, 18ct White Gold Oval Amethyst Ring (Surrounded by a border of diamonds). Available from Spectrum

1960s Solid Silver Open Bangle Decorated with Barb Wire. Available from Spectrum

1960s Kristoff Art Deco Thermos Flask. Available from Jack Podlewski

Corum 1960s, 18ct Gold Watch and Diamond Encrusted Dial. Available from Nigel Norman

1960s, 14ct Gold Oriental Lady with Sapphire and Ruby stones, holding a bunch of flowers, with a pearl stone head piece.
Available from Spectrum

1966 Birmingham Silver Cigarette Box, with machine design to the top of the box. Available at Hallmark Antiques

1960s Silver Round Photo Locket with 1920s Photograph Inside. Available at Spectrum

1960s Anthony Altson Sterling Silver 3 Piece Cruet Set. Available from Jack Podlewski

1960s 18ct Ruby and Diamond Drivers Watch, with gold face and black numerials and hand. Available from Nigel Norman

1960s Sapphire, Diamond and Ruby 18ct White Gold Versatile Flip Ring. Available from Nigel Norman

16 February 2018

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 mark and of the period (1662-1722). Available from Guest & Gray

An 18th Century Chinese Famille Rose Export porcelain charger, available at Eau de Nil

Selection of snuff bottles, available at Wheatley Antiques

Blue and white porcelain of the late Ming early Qing period, available from Anita Gray 

Carved Celadon Jade Ornament, Qing dynasty, available from Antique Choices

20th century enamel snuff dish, available from Hongman Yang

This 18th century Chinese moon flask depicts the struggle between a dragon and a phoenix in etched and crackle-glazed porcelain, available from Antique Choices
Xin Nian Kuai Le!

7 February 2018

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, Jewellery and Collectables
Japanese Imari Porcelain Vase, c1870-80. Available at Wheatley Antiques
A Pair of Porcelain Vases, French, Late 19th Century. Available at Mousa Antiques 

Baccarat Crystal Vase, 1970s. Available at Mayfair Antiques

Opaline Punchbowl, French, Late 19th Century. Available at Mousa Antiques 
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