20 August 2009

September Issue


Grays Saturday Shopping
Every Saturday from 11am - 5pm

As of the 19th September Grays will be open every Saturday from 11am-5pm, giving you the opportunity to visit your favourite shops at the weekend.


The first Saturday will play host to a Grand Opening with iced tea and beautifully hand-made cakes by the suberb Patisserie Valerie, with the added luxury of spending an entire weekend afternoon browsing the many delights Grays has to offer. . .Don't miss this very special event!

For more information please email info@graysantiques.com or call 020 7629 7034 or visit the Grays website.

Dealer Highlight: K & Y Oriental Art


K&Y Oriental Art is a well established dealer in Grays Mews with an excellent reputation for dealing in fine quality Japanese and Chinese objects. With a beautiful array of Japanese and Chinese porcelain, bronzes, works of art, paintings and embroideries you will always find something eye catching. You can visit K&Y Oriental Art in Grays Mews Stand K24-K25.


Antique of the Month: Silverware


Silver has long been a valued material used for tableware and objects both functional and decorative. From elaborate Victorian dinner parties with their multitude of courses and tableware, to elegant and elaborate Art Nouveau centre pieces. Grays has a large variety of silver dealers each specialising in their own unique area of expertise.

Arnold Salvi and ZMS Antiques have been trading for 35 years and have a vast selection of beautiful tableware such as this Cornucopia shaped centre piece by William Hutton & Sons (below). They are well established dealers and are specialists in silver, quality silver plate and other decorative items. You can find them downstairs at Grays, Stands 124 & 125.

Left: Cornocopia Shaped Centre Piece by William Hutton & Sons, Sheffield 1907. From ZMS Antiques, Stand 124 & 125. Right: Art Nouveau Silver Posy Vase by Kate Harris for Hutton & Sons, London 1905. From Van Den Bosch.

Also downstairs at Grays are Carole and Jan Van den Bosch who specialise in 18th, 19th & early 20th Century silver from the Arts & Crafts, Jugendstil, Art Nouveau and Skonvirke movements with some particularly beautiful work by Kate Harris for Hutton & Sons as pictured above.

For silver collectables visit Evonne Antiques, Vine Antiques, and Hallmark Antiques all situated just near each other on the ground floor in Grays. Trading at Grays since the 1980s Evonne stocks various items such as silver photo frames, cigar boxes, and many small collectables such as perfume bottles and gentleman's accessories to name but a few.

Vine Antiques started trading in 1978 and specialise in 18th, 19th, & 20th Century silver with the mainstay of their stock being Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian collecables and novelty items such as caddy spoons, snuff boxes, and pin cushions.

Left: An Art Deco silver jewellery box with Scottish agate. From Evonne Antiques, Stand 351-353. Centre: A silver chair hatpin stand and pin cushion. Birmingham 1905 by C. Westwood & Son. From Vine Antiques, Stand 328. Right: Sterling Silver Victorian Picture Frame. Made in London 1894. From Hallmark Antiques.

If you are searching for splendid antique silver frames look no further that Hallmark Antiques. Ralph and Raymond are long establised dealers at Grays, having been here since the 1970s and have a beautiful collection of frames, small silver items and jewellery, with a focus on Georg Jensen pieces.

Jack Podlewski on the ground floor of Grays has a vast array of antique and contemporary silver, with some stunning claret jugs and wine related articles such as silver and crystal decanters. Pictured below is an elegant silver mounted tortoishell box, one of many beautiful silver pieces at Grays. Each of these dealers are the perfect people to help you find a very special gift.


Silver mounted tortoishell box. From Jack Podlewski, Stand 320.


Showcase Spotlight: So Nouveau


So Nouveau are new showcase dealers here at Grays. With a beautiful array of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Arts and Crafts decorative items from makers such as Liberty & Co and William Hutton, they are an welcome addition to the Mews. You can view their exquisite items in Showcase V14.

Showcase your Collectables

If you have a collection of antiques or collectables and are looking for somewhere to display and sell them, why not rent a showcase at Grays. For more information please contact Jenna on 020 7629 7034 or email info@graysantiques.com

7 August 2009

Grays August Issue


Grays Saturday Shopping Launch
19th September 2009




As of the 19th September Grays will be open every Saturday from 11am-5pm, giving you the opportunity to visit your favourite shops at the weekend. The first Saturday will play host to a Grand Opening with iced tea and beautifully hand-made cakes by the suberb Pattisserie Valerie, with the added luxury of spending an entire weekend afternoon browsing the many delights Grays has to offer. . Don't miss this very special event!

For more information please email info@graysantiques.com or call 020 7629 7034
or visit www.graysantiques.com

Dealer Highlight: Vincent Martin and Robin Haydock


Both Vincent Martin and Robin Haydock have recently moved to Grays following the redevelopment of Antiquarius. Vince has been in the jewellery trade for 27 years and was, like LAPADA member Robin, a large attraction on the Kings Road. Both have a stunning array of fine, mainly gem-set jewellery that ranges from about 1780 right through to the present day. Engagement rings are also a speciality! Sharing a large stand Robin and Vincent can be found at the rear of Grays Downstairs. With an international clientele and a wide range of jewellery their new stand is a sight to behold!


Antique of the Month: Majolica Pottery




Majolica is glazed earthenware; first fired to biscuit stage then decorated with brightly coloured glaze and fired again to give its characteristic metallic glossy finish. Victorian Majolica was first produced in the late 1840s and had its commercial debut at the Great Exhibition of 1851, where it was exhibited by the Mintons Ltd under the name Palissy Ware. Production continued until the 1900s when tastes changed and the market became flooded with imitations.

The wonderful early Majolica produced by Mintons and Wedgewood, often includes mythological figures, creatures, fruit and vegetables. Some of the imaginative and whimsical designs can be seen amongst Britannia's collection in the front building here at Grays. Other Staffordshire potteries, including the famous Staffordshire spaniels, can also be found within the treasure troves of Cekay and Mary Wellard's stands in Grays Downstairs.

The market price for such pieces has dropped considerably since the 1980s and while they are beginning to come back into fashion, they are still a very affordable collector's item.


Showcase Spotlight: Deco Etcetera



With a beautiful array of original early 20th Century British ceramics, Deco Etcetera is one of the only dealers within Grays to stock fine examples of Clarice Cliffe, Susie Cooper, Shelley and Charlotte Rhead ceramics. You can find Deco Etcetera in showcase V16 in Grays Mews and you can also view more items on their own website www.deco-etcetera.com


Showcase your Collectables

If you have a collection of antiques or collectables and are looking for somewhere to display and sell them, why not rent a showcase at Grays. For more information please contact Jenna on 020 7629 7034 or email info@graysantiques.com
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