14 June 2009

Grays June Issue

Dealer Highlight: Sylvia Williams & Victoria Dahms

Sylvia and Victoria are relative newcomers to Grays but are well establishe
d on the London antique jewellery scene. Sylvia also exhibits regularly at Rogers Arcade in Portobello Road, the Royal Horticultural Hall, Sandown Park and Kempton Park. Over the years both Sylvia and Victoria have built up an international clientele. Their large jewellery collection ranges from 18th Century paste and rose diamond pieces to Victorian sentimental and mourning jewellery, to Art Deco and 1940s cocktail jewellery.


Both Sylvia and Victoria would be more than happy to help you find that rare or unusual piece and discuss any special requirements you may have.
You can find Sylvia Williams and Victoria Dahms in Stands 360-361 on the ground floor at Grays. Telephone: 020 7723 3886


Antique of the Month: Bohemian Glass

Bohemian glass comes from the region of Bohemia defined before the Great War as an area in central Europe including at that time Bohemia, Slovakia and Moravia.

In the early 19th Century Venice had the monopoly on coloured glass and the methods of production were strictly protected. However three chemists discovered a way of producing fine quality coloured glass that the middle classes could afford and enjoy, and by the 1860s a real industry had been established. The well known colours of ruby (deep red), cranberry (lighter red), amber, cobolt (blue), green and violet became increasingly popular and much was exported worldwide. Bohemian glass is famous not only for its rich colour but the detailed hand enamelling and engraving that each piece includes. Only a few craftsmen were allowed to sign their meticulous work and the most famous of these are Franz Paul Zach, Karl Pfohl, August Bohm and Dominik Biemann.


Bohemian Glass from Alexia Amato Antiques, Stand K10-12

Among the most renowned glass factories was the Moser Glass factory, named after Ludwig Moser and established in Karlsbad in 1857. Moser was solely concerned in the decoration of the glass and employed extremely skilled engravers to depict traditional themes of stags, woodland landscapes, and hunts as well as designs influenced by Baroque and European art movements, Japanese ceramics, and Islamic art. To create a trademark for his decorative glass Moser used symbols such as applied glass acorns, enamelled leaves and birds to distinguish his work from other makers. In 1893 Moser focused his attention on the production of the glass itself with the same high standard as the decoration - the combination of the two gave him international acclaim.

Bohemian Glass from Mousa, Stand B20-25

Grays is really spoilt for choice with two dealers specialising in antique and Bohemian glass. New dealer Alexia Amato has recently opened a stunning new shop in Grays Mews. She has a large selection of exquisite bohemian and antique glass including some very precious deep ruby red and gold pieces (pictured top). You can find her on the ground floor of Grays Mews Stand K10-12 or visit her own website here.

Another well established dealer who has been at Grays for over 10 years is Mousa. With a huge diversity of antique glass his display spreads out over the lower ground floor of Grays Mews to create a vibrant mass of colours and designs. You can find Mousa Antiques in Stands B20-25.


Showcase Spotlight: Alan Crisp




Alan Crisp is a new showcase dealer at Grays. Bringing something slightly different to Grays Mews, Alan deals in Ocean Liner Memorabilia. His stock includes delightful tea cup and saucer sets, tea pots, fine bindings, illustrated booklets and all things with a nautical theme.
You can find Alan's intriguing memorabilia in Showcase V11, Davies Mews.

Showcase your Collectables At Grays - If you have a collection of antiques, jewellery or collectables and would like further information on renting a showcase at Grays, please contact Jenna on 020 7629 7034, or email jenna@grays.biz
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