19 January 2017

Antiques Young Guns at Grays!

This Valentine's season, Grays is very happy to announce that we'll be joined by the Antiques Young Guns, who will host seven showcases here in Grays Mews. The showcases will be stocked with carefully chosen vintage and antique gifts between 1st-18th February 2017. You'll be sure to find a great variety of beautiful, rare and sometimes wonderfully quirky objects, perfect for that special someone (or just for yourself).

A collection of skulls, from Joseph Berry Interiors

You will find the showcases beside the management office in the Mews at Grays, all items will be for sale via reception. They will only be with us for a short period, so be sure not to miss it! 

AYGs is an organisation with a focus on highlighting and supporting young members of the antiques and vintage trade, including auctioneers, fair organisers, and those working in related sectors such as PR and antique dealer trade associations. All their members have expert knowledge of, and a strong interest and passion for the worlds of antiques or vintage.

Below you can see a selection of the wonderful antiques from the Young Guns on display for sale at Grays this Valentine's.

1970s horology resin heart by Pierre Giraudon, from eddintheclouds

Rare late 19th century original carved Kauri Gum figure of a Maori Chief with Kahu Kiwi and Patu, from Heirloom Antique

Original portrait photograph of Elizabeth II by Dorothy Wilding, from Stephanie Connell Antiques

Walsh green lily vase, from Jon Irvine Antiques

A Louis Rousselet brooch made with gilt metal and glass. 1940s, from Gemma Redmond Vintage

Silver & mother of pearl letter opener, Birmingham 1928, from Woodbridge Antique Centre

12 January 2017

London Art Fair 2017

London Art fair is the UK’s premier modern British and contemporary art fair. This year is the twenty -ninth edition of the fair, running from 18-22 January 2017, at the Business Design Centre.

The event features over 100 carefully hand-picked galleries from the United Kingdom and overseas, displaying museum quality modern British art presented alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists. In addition to the main fair there are two curated sections - Art projects and Photo50 - that highlight emerging artists and contemporary photography.

There is also an in-depth programme of talks, tours and performances, covering a large array of topics alongside interactive educational workshops for visitors of all ages, which will run on the final day of the fair. All events are free to attend for ticket holders and take place within the Talks & Discussions Theatre.

Here is a selection of artworks available from a few of our dealers at Grays.

Small Castelli plaque, 18th century. The back of seated Pan, available from Guest & Gray

Wahda 'Rose Aged 8yrs, taken in 1992, South Yemen. Platinum print available from The Side Gallery

19th century ornamental bronze statuette of Napoleon on horseback, mounted on a marble base available from Patrick Boyd-Carpenter

Artist Jamil Hamoodi, watercolour with a deep frame, signed by the artist. c1970s, available from IQ Antiques

A 19th Century Zorn etching of Strindberg signed in pencil, available from Anita Gray

The oldest and the youngest of the Olpad Banjara group sitting on a old wire stool, available from The Side Gallery

6 January 2017

Vintage Designer Handbags

New showcase dealer Susie Nelson of Modes and More has recently come on board at Grays with her exquisite collection of high quality designer and rare handbags and purses.

The hand selected Modes and More range includes bags from the 1920s up to the 1990s and designer names such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Halston plus more. As well as bags and purses, in their Pimlico showroom or on their website (details below) you can also see their collection of vintage couture clothing and accessories from around the world.

A 1920s brown leather top handle bag with bakelite style decoration around the edges.
The bag has the original internal pouch pockets for makeup etc. £200

A 1940s Abalone shell minaudiere by Evans.The bag has a gold tone snake handle and is in excellent condition. £245

A chic bag by Lederer covered with a wonderful assortment of dogs. The bag has a flapover front and fold over clasp. There is a matching pair of gloves, with dog covered cuffs.  £190

A woven wool, paisley design shoulder bag by Artbag of New York, from the 1970s. The bag has a gold tone shoulder strap. £190

Bright red crocodile handbag from the 1970s. The bag is lined in burgundy leather and the strap can be tucked inside (bag used as a clutch bag) or used as a shoulder bag with the strap which has length settings. £220

Showcase V15, Grays Mews lower-ground floor
Modes and More, 44 Moreton Street, London, SW1V 2PB
0207 828 1325

22 December 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas

It’s the last week before Christmas and for the last minute shopper we know how stressful it can be trawling along the high street from shop to shop in search for the perfect gift. Choosing the right gift can be a challenge, and the pressure to find that all important item is probably weighing on your mind.

To find something unique and of high quality that will last for years doesn't fit the criteria of most high street products. That's why we think Grays is the ideal place to go gift hunting - antique and vintage items have stood the test of time and you can be rest assured the recipient isn't likely to already own your chosen item.

We're open late until 7pm this Friday and until 4pm on Christmas Eve, so if you're heading to Oxford Street, why not go off the beaten track and make Grays your Christmas shopping destination - located just moments from Bond Street tube station. With 200 dealers spread over 2 buildings and 2 floors - and a price range to suit all budgets - we're sure you won't leave empty handed!

Make sure you don't miss the showcases in the Grays Mews. We've put together a few examples of the type of stock you'll find in the showcases, including items from our curated Christmas Gift cabinet (showcase P8) from various Grays dealers.

Showcase V28: Silver rimmed cut glass salt cellars with 2 spoons, W&H Sheffield 1902 - £125 - Available from Past & Present.

Showcase P8: 1940s yellow gold charm bracelet - £445 - Available from Spectrum.

Showcase FS6: Vintage Italian decanter - £28 - Available from Hongman Yang.

Showcase V12: Black forest bear - £68 - Available from David.

Showcase V13: Match box holder by Herend - £22 - Available from Walter Schaetzke.

Showcase V23: Czech glass vase, c1970s - £40 - Available from Phillip Varma.

Showcase V15: Fendi beaded baguette - £630 - Available from Modes & More.

Showcase C22-23: Victorian 9kt locket - £68 - Ting's Jewellery Box.

Showcase P8: Boston Bomber WWII plane model/ashtray - £485 - Available from Leon's Militaria.

Grays Christmas Opening Hours

Friday 23 December:
Late night opening until 7pm

Saturday 24 December:
11am - 4pm

Grays will be closed from 4pm , Saturday 24 December 2016, 
until 10am, Tuesday 3 January 2017.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year!

16 December 2016

Christmas Partywear at Grays Antiques

Believe it or not, the Christmas Party season is upon us and here at Grays we have a fantastic selection of frocks, accessories and jewellery to help make you the hottest dresser at your office Christmas do.

Of course Grays has a reputation for dazzling antique jewellery, and there couldn't be a better occasion than Christmas to adorn yourself with jewels.

Vintage Modes have a great selection of vintage clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery and more, and now with two new dealers - Amanda Langham and Tanya R Vintage - there is even more to choose from.

1960s ruffle hem dress, from Amanda Langham

1970s dress, from June Victor

Sapphire and diamond heart ring, 1890, from Aurum 

Victorian necklace, from Emmy Abe 

Loris Azzaro 1980s dress, from June Victor

1970s dress with Art Nouveau inspiration, from Tanya R Vintage.

Lozenge shaped openwork brooch mounted in platinum. Russian, circa 1910, from Nigel Norman.

8 December 2016

Engagement rings at Grays

Grays is well known for its unique and beautiful selection of fine engagement rings - from 18th century rose cut diamonds, to splendid Victorian clusters, stylish Edwardian, elegant Art Deco and contemporary classic styles.

The engagement ring has been a symbol of betrothal for centuries and it was in fact the Archduke Maximilian of Austria who, in 1477, first started the tradition when he presented a diamond ring to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy.

The diamond is still the most popular stone of choice, which is no wonder considering that it is believed to represent everlasting love. The Italians have even called it, ‘pieta della reconciliazione,' meaning 'stone of reconciliation', due to its supposed ability to maintain harmony between man and wife.

If it is a diamond you are looking for, why not consider an antique ring as an ethical and eco-friendly option? The great thing about an antique ring is the backstory - imagine the great love your ring could have inspired in years gone by!

Finding a ring can be a daunting task, but at Grays you can find expert assistance and guidance from our dealers, many of whom have over 40 years' experience in the trade - that's a lot of happy couples! Grays has a reputation for assured quality and possesses one of the largest ranges of antique jewellery in the UK, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Our guide to buying an engagement ring is a great place to start and below we have put together a selection of engagement rings that Grays has to offer.

An emerald cut diamond ring with baguette sides, set in an 18ct white gold mount. Art Deco. Offered by Alexandra Engagement Rings

A platinum, sapphire & diamond set with a fine "oval cut natural un-treated" sapphire, flanked on either side by two well matched "old round cut" diamonds. c1930. Offered by Robin Haydock

A 1.75ct old mine cushion cut diamond, set in a 18ct gold mount. English made c1840. Offered by Anthea AG Antiques Ltd

A ruby & diamond three stone ring, offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

A solitaire diamond engagement ring on a platinum setting. Art Deco. Offered by Persis Antique Jewellery

24 November 2016

Christmas Shopping at Grays

Believe it or not, Christmas Eve is only one calendar month away today! With Black Friday deals hitting the shops, a lot of you will be choosing this weekend to start your Christmas shopping. The Grays Christmas Gift Guide 2016 is now available in-store at reception or online here, and features a fantastic array of antique and vintage gift ideas for your nearest and dearest.

Grays and The Mews will be open for Christmas shopping right up until Christmas Eve at 4pm and will be open late on Friday 23 December until 7pm for last minute shoppers! Don't forget you can also buy gift vouchers from reception in the Mews, in denominations of £10, £20 or £50, which make a great gift for those difficult relatives. If you're planning a trip to Grays, why not take in the stunning Bond Street Christmas lights while you're in the area?

Bond Street Christmas lights, image courtesy of Time Out London

The Grays and Alfies Christmas Gift Guide 2016
A pair of cufflinks in 18ct gold set with jade and natural pearl c1930s. From Horton London.

Boucheron gold and diamond brooch, from Emmy Abe.

Nautical trump caller for bridge, Chester, 1909. From Hallmark Antiques.

1900 glass and silver sugar shaker, from Raysil Antiques.

If you need even more reason to get in the festive spirit, Grays' sister centre Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone is hosting its annual late night shopping party this time next week, Thursday 1 December, from 5pm until 9pm. Enjoy vintage inspired music from The Haywood Sisters and complimentary canap├ęs and drinks from the Roof Top Kitchen while you browse. You can suss out what lies ahead in 2016 with forecasts from our in-house tarot card reader and this year, for those who arrive between 5pm and 6pm, there will be a special raffle draw with a range of gift vouchers available to win. Make sure you RSVP via info@alfiesantiques.com or 020 7723 6066, quoting 'newsletter', or via our Facebook event here.

The Haywood Sisters in the Roof Top Kitchen
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