6 May 2010

Grays May Issue

Grays Summer Celebration - 15th May



Join us on the 15th May for an elegant vintage afternoon to celebrate the long awaited summer.  Spend the Saturday browsing through the treasures Grays has to offer with complimentary cakes, iced tea and entertainment.  The first 50 customers through the door will also receive a Grays’ gift certificate, so make sure to arrive early! The celebration will take place throughout the day from 11am – 5pm.

Remember if for some reason you can’t make it to our Summer Celebration, Grays is open every Saturday from 11am – 5pm.  We look forward to seeing you!

RSVP info@graysantiques.com or 020 7629 7034
Click here to see some of the many beautiful antiques available at Grays on Flickr.


Dealer Highlight: Boran Asian Art


Boran Asian Art has been trading at Grays for over 2 years but has been an established dealer in Buddist and Hindu Art since the turn of the decade in Bangkok.

Although they specialise in South East Asian art, their stand offers a wonderfully diverse selection of sculpture and unusual pieces from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and China to name a few!

Sourced from both U.S and European collections, as well as museums, galleries and historical sites, they offer a guarantee on all items to be the age, provenance and condition that is described.

Find Boran Asian Art in their enticing new stand H10-11, in Grays Mews.


Antique of the Month: Staffordshire Pottery


Grays holds a fantastic collection of Staffordshire pottery that spans a large period of time.  From Staffordshire spaniels and figurines to Majolica and Toby jugs, you’ll be sure to find something classic or unusual to suit both your taste and budget.

Rotating Minton Oyster Stand, c1870. From Britannia, Stands 325-327.

Staffordshire pottery is known for being produced in and around the Staffordshire area, with the main area now recognised as Stoke on Trent. In this area of England, clay was in great supply and potters were able to create moulds and duplicates of fine porcelain, for modest sums. Production started from as early as 1600 and still continues today.

Staffordshire Figurine of Sancho Panzo, c1870. 
From Mary Jane Priebe, Showcase FS5.

Early Staffordshire pieces often portray figures and exciting events going on at the time. This includes Parliamentary leaders, new figureheads and biblical subjects. Over the years, these forms and shapes changed with the times and continue to leave collectors with a vast selection to choose from.

Well known brands of Staffordshire pottery, including Minton, Doulton, Spode and Twyford can be found amongst showcase dealers in the Mews including David in Showcases FS9 and V12, as well as Walter Schaetze in Showcase V13.

 Selection of Staffordshire Figurines. From Madelena Antiques, Showcase V9.

Older quintessentially Staffordshire figurines and other decorative potteries dating from the early part of the 19th Century can be found within Mary Jane Priebe’s collection in Showcase FS5, Mary Wellard’s collection in FS6 and new dealer Madelena Antiques showcase V9.

Pair of Minton Secessionist No.42 Vases c.1910. From Madelena Antiques, Showcase V9.

Shelley Trio, c1928. From Deco-Etcetera, Showcase V16.

Britannia a long established dealer at Grays in Stand 325-327 and Madelena Antiques also offer a fantastic collection of Majolica, while Deco-Etcetera in V16 stocks  a lovely range of Art Deco Staffordshire pieces including some rare items by Susie Cooper and Shelley.

Make sure to come and explore Grays on the 15th May for an extra special shopping trip!
Grays is also open every Saturday from 11am - 5pm.

Don't Miss:

From the 3rd to 6th of June, the West London Art & Antiques Fair is being held at Kensington Town Hall, hosting 50 stands offering a wide variety of Art and Antiques all vetted for quality and authenticity.
Grays has joined up with the fair to offer our subscribers free entry just by mentioning "Grays"!

Click here for more information.
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