7 October 2010

Grays October Issue

Dealer Highlight: Day Fine Arts


Snakes and Ladders Painting, Indian C1850. A Teaching Game for Jain Nuns

Grays welcomes Graham Day, a new dealer to the Mews who has recently relocated from Westbourne Grove. Specialising in paintings, drawings and prints from Asia, he has been collecting extensively since the 1970’s

Graham has a particular interest in Tantric Diagrams, Jain manuscripts, Indian miniatures, Burmese manuscripts, Arabic and Persian calligraphy and Japanese prints.

A retired Fine Art lecturer and practitioner with extensive knowledge of Indian and Far Eastern art, find Graham in the Mews at stand G10-11. You can also have a look at his profile at http://www.grahamday.co.uk/ and view his stock here.


Antiques are Green

 Susie Cooper Floral Jug offered by Premier Antiques. Showcase V018-9

 More and more people are becoming conscious of their personal footprint on the environment and seeking purchases with longevity, a sense of identity, and with quality over quantity being a considerable factor in choice.  Buying something that has been made to last, that oozes style and individuality, and is kinder on the environment is something to be taken seriously. Buying and collecting vintage and antique is not only an ethical way to shop, but it ticks all the right boxes in the style stakes.

 A solid silver Art Deco photo frame. Birmingham, 1919 offered by Evonne Antiques. Stand 351-353

It is a proven fact that antiques are better for the environment, from the very day they were made and throughout their entire lifetime.  Not only are antiques usually hand-made but their materials would have been locally sourced.

“Buying antiques reduces landfill, reduces carbon emissions and reduces consumption of new goods from abroad. The antiques trade is the oldest recycling business in the world and the ultimate in terms of preserving our heritage for future generations.” Nigel Worboys, Antiques are Green Campaign.

The lifespan of a vintage piece also significantly outweighs that of a newly bought mass produced product.  When you buy vintage you are recycling as well as extending the life of the object.  Antique and vintage is often passed down through generations or restored and sold on when no longer wanted, rather than being discarded.  The life story and heritage of each piece could be hundreds of years old, with different owners, locations, stories, scandals, and could include major historical events. This in itself is part of the excitement of collecting antiques and vintage and is why restoring, recycling, make do and mending is definitely the green way to consume.

An Edwardian 2 stone platinum set diamond twist ring offered by John Joseph. Stand 345-7

Support the Antiques are Green Campaign at http://www.antiquesaregreen.org/

From the 16th November
Alfies Antique Market will host 'Design a Greener Future', a special exihibition of designs by illustrators promoting antiques as a ethical way to shop.

Showcase Spotlight: Sebastian Bartes, Dinky Toys

 Windup Lesney Toy Elephant, £190
Corgi Toys Massey Ferguson Tractor with Shovel

Sebastian is a new dealer to Grays Mews. He specialises in Dinky Toys and his stock includes a unique collection of Matchbox and Corgi toys in their original boxes, collectable metal Coca Cola trucks and a beautiful Lesney Jumbo walking Elephant from the 1950’s. You can find his wonderful stock in Showcase V014 in Grays Mews.
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