21 November 2014

New Showcase Dealers

Ancient -Jewellery
Showcase V25, Grays Mews

Adam Murray of Ancient-Jewellery has a stunning selection of early jewellery such as ancient Greek, Roman through to 17th century.  His fascinating showcase would not look out of place in the British Museum!

Renaissance Gold & Enamel Pendant, c1540

Roman gold intaglio ring, 3rd century AD

Roman red jasper intaglio of a Panther, 1st century AD

Brian Butterworth
Showcase P08, Grays Mews

Brian specialises in a wide variety of beautiful silver objects, from pocket watches to salt & pepper shakers. If you are stuck for gift ideas, Brian's showcase will not dissapoint!

A pair of sliver candlesticks. Sheffield 1913.

Silver repousse cream jug. Birmingham 1874

Very ornate German silver spoon. Clear marks, 925, 1831
Dont forget, next week 27 November is the annual Grays Christmas Shopping Party! Join us from 5pm-8pm for music, drinks and festive fun whilst you shop. 
Please RSVP 020 7629 7034 or info@graysantiques.com

13 November 2014

In the Spirit of Remembrance

Special events all over the country are commemorating the centenary of the start of First World War. At the Imperial War Museum, First World War galleries and an interactive website gives access to archive material of the diaries and personal papers of a wide cross-section of First World War veterans. The material acquired by the Museum comes from across all the services and is not limited to specific rank or social class. From 1916, street shrines began to appear, and a year later, the Imperial War Museum was founded to record the conflict for future generations.

WWI nurses, photograph, offered by  R.G. Grahame
WWI Compass, offered by Leon's Militaria

The First World War represents the first occasion on which a truly mass British army was placed in the field, and who were literate enough to write their thoughts and experiences. Therefore it communicates an overview of combatants of all ranks, via their personal papers and sound recordings. Moreover, it aims to include men and women from all the countries who, at the time of the conflict, formed part of the British Empire or those from other nations who contributed to the British war effort.

Trench art: Matchstick holder, offered by Leon's Militaria
Trench art and scarf, offered by Leon's Militaria
Trench art: A very fine pair of German WWI shell cases, dated 1915 & 1917. Offered by Leon's Militaria

At the other end of London, the Tower of London, is the powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. It is an evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. Officially unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War, saw the Tower of London's famous dry moat progressively filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies - not a random number - but the number of British and Colonial soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

Photo from Morning Walks Blog

Poppy installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, Tower of London

The poppies which now encircle the iconic landmark create not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary. It is thought that about five million people have visited as people seem to have taken ownership of the art work. The wave of blood-red blooms flowing across a walkway and the cascade pouring down from a tower will now be preserved at the London site for an extra fortnight beyond Armistice Day on Tuesday. The two structures will then tour the country before finding permanent homes at the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester.

WWI embroidered postcards, offered by  R.G. Grahame

A selection of prints, WWI military figures and King George V, offered by  R.G. Grahame
'Our Persevering Officials' print, offered by R.G. Grahame

"All Clear" by Bugle Call: In London After an Air Raid, print, offered by  R.G. Grahame

The first Field of Remembrance was held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in November 1928. By the end of the war, four major imperial powers ceased to exist, were dismantled or lost substantial territory. The maps of Europe and West Asia were redrawn, with several independent nations restored or created. The poppy was the only thing which grew in the aftermath of the complete devastation. Inspired by Lt Col John McCrae now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields’, the poppy is a symbol of Remembrance.

Persian Empire Order of the Lion and Sun Commander's neck badge by Gustave Wolfers, Brussels. Offered by Leon's Militaria
Poppy pin
A factory off the Old Kent Road in London was set where five disabled ex-Servicemen began making poppies. The (Royal) British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million handmade poppies which they sold almost immediately on 11 November that year. Today the factory is based in Richmond and millions of Poppies are sold every year. At Grays we have selected objects dating from the conflict 100 years ago.

 Written by Titika Malkogeorgou

6 November 2014

Christmas Gifts Ideas and Late Night Shopping Events at Grays

Christmas is coming closer and so does the search for the perfect Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest. Join us as we kick start the festive season in style with our Late Night Shopping Event on Thursday, 13th November 2014 from 5pm - 8pm, which coincides with the switching on of the South Molton Street and Bond Street Christmas lights. You will be warmly greeted with mulled wine and minced pies as you browse among the 200 dealers for that unique Christmas gift.

And if this is not enough to make that final purchase decision, don't worry we have it all covered with another festive event to satisfy your shopping needs and desires. We invite you to join us for our exclusive annual Christmas Shopping Party on Thursday, 27th November from 5pm - 8pm. This year we are delighted to welcome the Antiques Young Guns, who will be presenting their Christmas Crackers! - their pick of the best antique gift ideas. Enjoy live music, a glass of bubbly and take your time to discover the delights Grays has to offer.

RSVP here or contact us for your free invitation on 020 7629 7034 or email info@graysantiques.com
To help you find the perfect presents we have hand picked a gift selection to suit every person and pocket:

Victorian bar link charm bracelet with 17 charms set in 9ct gold. Offered by Spectrum

Victorian natural pearl locket and chain set in 15ct gold, c1890. Offered by Shapiro & Co
Hardstone cameo figure depicting Hestia, Greek goddess of hearth and home holding an eternal flame. Filippo Tignani,  1883. Offered by Horton London
18ct Gold Victorian strawberry red enamel & natural split pearl locket pendant. Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company
1920s white painted metal compact. Offered by Gillian Horsup Vintage Jewellery
Pair of gold green enamel frog cufflinks set with rose cut diamonds and ruby eyes, c1900. Offered by Nigel Norman
Cartier watch 1960s vermeil tank quartz 925, with original Cartier bracelet. Offered by Paulette Bates
Fountain pens from the 1920s and 1930s offered by Shabbir Solanki Antiques
Mid 19th century French decorative jewellery box. Offered by Mousa Antiques
Tea caddy, sliver 800, c1910. Offered by Boggitt and Bond
Rare monolith vase by Pavel Hlava, Czechoslovakia c1958. Offered by Mark Hill
Grays Gift Vouchers are certain to make a perfect gift. They can be purchased in £10, £20, or £50 denominations at Grays Reception.

Why not personalise your gifts with Grays in house engravers - Bennett & Thorogood - who can engrave on to all precious metals and a wide variety of objects from gold and silver jewellery, watches, tankards, napkins and even umbrellas!

We look forward to seeing you in store. Enjoy your shopping!

30 October 2014

Asian Art in London

From Thursday 30th October until Saturday 8th November, a variety of festivities to celebrate Asian Art in London will take place at different locations. Over sixty of the world’s top dealers, major auction houses and museums will be taking part in this prestigious ten day event which attracts prime collectors to the capital. Grays is a destination where you will find a treasure trove of Asian art all year round.

A superb collection of Asian art is housed in Grays by our dealers, in the form of ceramic, bronze, stone, glass and textile, to name but a few, the majority of which can be found in the Grays mews.

Below is a fine selection of offerings....

Rare Japanese Arita group, offered by Anita Gray

A 19th century Chinese amber carving of man, c1860, offered by Wheatley Antiques

Chinese famille verte double gourd vase, Kangxi, offered by Guest & Gray

A 19th century Japanese woodcut print of a lady with a cat by Kunisada, offered by K & Y Oriental Art

Japanese Hirado vase, with deer, monkey and pine tree illustration, 18-19th century, offered by David Bowden
12th Century Islamic Bronze Bird, offered by Mughal Art

A striking 19th century central Asian embroidered textile, offered by Bakhtar Art
17th century Mughal 'gem' and gold inlaid jade handle, Provenance: Forest Lawn Mortuary. Offered by Antique Choices
18th century Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Figure of Quan Yin, offered by Yasuko Kido

23 October 2014

Spotlight on Wheels of Steel

20 years on we are still proud to have "Wheels of Steel" in the mews building at Grays Antique Centre. In fact, Jeff Williams' business is the only model train shop left in London, which makes his shop even more interesting and unique. After an 18 year career in motor racing - Jeff is the only model train dealer to have raced with Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell! - his growing interest in German Marklin model trains led him to open "Wheels of Steel", initially on the lower-ground floor in Grays, now up on the ground floor. He deals in all makes and gauges of model trains, which range from over 100 years old to contemporary styles and is a regular at all of the biggest toy fairs around the South-East. He stocks all of the most popular brands, such as; Hornby, Bachmann, Graham Farish, Marklin, Bassett-Lowke, Roco, Lionel, Wrenn, Dubco, Fleishmann, Kato, etc.

You can find Jeff at "Wheels of Steel", stand G12, on the ground floor of the mews at Grays.

O gauge clockwork tender loco in excellent condition, repro box. L.N.E.R Livery. Mid fifties.
O gauge 3 rail electric cast metal finished in G.W.R black. Reproduction

O gauge reproduction tank wagon, boxed.

OO gauge 2 rail c.1961 complete set with Barnstable loco plus three Pullman coaches/track.

Selection of collectable trains and railway memorabilia available at Wheels of Steel.

Jeff' stocks many model railway magazines.

The Wheels of Steel shop at Grays

17 October 2014

New dealer in the spotlight: MOIRA Fine Jewellery at Grays

MOIRA Fine Jewellery joined us in Grays Antique Market in October 2014 with their collection of rare jewellery, renowned worldwide for its elegance and exclusivity of design.  They bring over 40 years of knowledge and expertise for sourcing the most exquisite collectables in fine jewellery.  The range of fine antique jewellery spans nineteenth century signed originals from the finest design houses, the Art Deco period, 1940s gold work, to the modernist creations of the 1950s to the 1980s.  Their modern jewellery complements the vintage range, to satisfy the desire for unique and truly individual pieces.  They also have one of the largest signed antique and vintage cufflink collections in London. 

Moira, her daughter Suzanne and son Simon, have built the beautiful collection of antique jewellery with regular trips to the USA - Florida, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles; the Far East - Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Europe.  Suzanne and Simon are continuing the tradition of showing the fine collections in international antiques fairs, including the Olympia and LAPADA shows.

MOIRA Fine Jewellery add Grays prestigious location alongside their residency at Richard Ogden in the Burlington Arcade, where their primary collection can be viewed. 

Here are our favourite pieces from MOIRA Fine Jewellery’s exquisite collection:  
A diamond ring, mounted in platinum, set with a 5.02ct, H colour SI1 clarity, cushion-cut diamond, with round brilliant-cut diamonds micro pavé set in the gallery, surround and shoulders. This ring is accompanied by a GIA certificate. Offered by MOIRA Fine Jewellery

A diamond line bracelet, by Cartier, mounted in platinum, channel set with French-cut diamonds. Circa 1936. Offered by MOIRA Fine Jewellery

A Cartier knot dress set, mounted in 18ct gold consisting of a pair of cufflinks and three buttons. Offered by MOIRA Fine Jewellery

A platinum art deco ring mount, set with a new 1.01ct F VS1 emerald-cut diamond, accompanied by a GIA certificate, the shoulders are set with baguette-cut diamonds and with small round diamonds, in tear drop shaped settings at the ends, the approximate total weight of the shoulder stones is 0.40ct. Offered by MOIRA Fine Jewellery

A vintage diamond ring, mounted in platinum, set with a 1.01ct E colour VS2 clarity oval-cut diamond, with two eight-cut diamonds each side, the first in a marquise shaped setting, the second in a round setting. Accompanied by a GIA certificate.Offered by MOIRA Fine Jewellery
Fabergé Russian cufflinks, in 14 carat yellow gold, with green guilloché enamel, set with old-cut diamonds and chalcedony cabochon centres. Signed/stamped HW for workmaster Henry Wingstream and 56 Zolotnik standard. Signed Fabergé in Cyrillic characters within a seal; with accompanying box. Offered by MOIRA Fine Jewellery
Gold scaled coiled snake bangle, with demantoid garnets and diamonds set in the head and ruby eyes. Offered by MOIRA Fine Jewellery

You can visit MOIRA Fine Jewellery from Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm Stand 363-365 in Grays Antique Market, 58 Davies Street, W1K 5AB, London.
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