25 October 2013

Duchange & Riché - Rare Chinese and Japanese Ceramics, Export Porcelain and Works of Art

Asian Art dealers, Duchange & Riché specialise in rare and exquisite Chinese and Japanese objets d’art from between the 14th and 19th Centuries.



Originating in Paris in 1965 by lead expert Michel Duchange, Duchange & Riché’s gallery now lies in the heart of the antique district of Sablon, Brussels, run by Michel’s daughter Anne and her husband and business partner Philippe Riché.

Having recently opened an outlet in Grays, Duchange & Riché join other respected London based dealers in participating for a second year in Asian Art London 2013. After a successful and well received 2012 exhibition, they have returned to the Art Space Gallery on Maddox Street where they will showcase exceptional pieces of Chinese taste, Export and East India Company, as well as a remarkable Japanese collection.


They will be participating in the Mayfair late night opening where the gallery’s Directors will be able to discuss and give some insight in to the pieces on display and Asian art history. 

Event Details:
31 October - 09 November 2013
18 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1PL (Art Space Gallery)
Mayfair late night opening – Monday 4th November 2013 17.00-21.00

For more information on any of the above please call:
+44 (0)20 7409 1098 or email info@duchangeriche.com

17 October 2013

Ivy Auctions Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

On the 13th November Ivy Auctions will be conducting a sale of fine Chinese ceramics and works of art. The auction will take place in The Music Room, just above Grays Mews.  A selected preview of items in the sale are pictured below as well as viewing times.  For more details visit the-saleroom.com.




An Imperial fine Blue and White ‘Dragon’ Bowl, Qing Dynasty, Daoguang Period

A Cafe-Au-Lait glazed famille-rose ewer, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period

A superb Chinese famille verte octagonal vase Chinese famille verte octagonal vase. Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period.

A famille rose vase, Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period

A blue and white baluster vase, decorated with a four claw falcon perched on the top of a branch on one foot and faint blue scrolling waves, the flaring neck and base with a leiwen pattern decoration, Qing Dynasty

11 October 2013

Rings on Top

With no beginning or end, the ring is an ancient symbol of eternal love. Here at Grays we have been doing our maths, and the statistics say that your favourite and the most sought after item, by far, is the ring. Following such great demand we have put together a blog that gives just a small taster of some exquisite examples of the variety and high quality of rings available at Grays.
Diamond Set Ring by Boucheron
From The Antique Jewellery Company

Ancient Carnelian Intaglio of Fortuna Ring
From Peter Szuhay

Regency Emerald, Ruby and Pearl Ring
From The Antique Jewellery Company

Simple and yet loaded with symbolism, the ring has endured and has survived on top of our favour for about 6,000 years. Ancient Egyptian and Archaic Greek rings, originally in bronze and silver, soon become more complex and start using gold as well. The most typical design involves a lozenge bezel mounting a carved gemstone device with images or inscription.

16th Century Agate Cameo Ring of a Lion
From Peter Szuhay

Multi-coloured stone, porphyry, marble, birthstones or commemorative stones, ancient cameos depicting pagan Gods, Christian saints and self portraits, five metals ring as a talisman, three interlocking hoops, golden heart shaped designs symbolising friendship, Rococo betrothal rings with love knots and bows, memento rings featuring  a skull with inscription as ‘memento mori’, large cocktail rings, the rosary ring most popular during WWI, Victorian ‘dearest’ ring and others that spell secret messages with precious stones, signet ring that imprints a wax seal, and the variety of styles and uses of the ring is absolutely inexhaustible.

Vintage 9ct Multi Gem Stone Ring from Nayabelle

Tribal Ring with Pearls from Tribal Tent

Edwardian Chainlink Platinum & Gold Ring
From The Antique Jewellery Company

But the crowning glory of all rings is the wedding ring together with the engagement ring and eternity ring. For the Ancient Egyptians the circle was a symbol of eternity and the space in the middle was considered a gateway to all things known and unknown. In the Greco-Roman tradition the ring signifies never ending and immortal love. And as a symbol of strength and permanence – and for Ancient Romans ownership - the material is important too and that it should be made out of the most precious and robust metal. Tracing it back to ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt we learn that they believed to have discovered a nerve called the ‘Vena Amoris’ or ‘Vain of Love’, linking the left hand’s fourth finger to the heart. This is believed to be the origins of the western tradition of wearing the wedding ring in the fourth finger today.


1940s Emerald and Diamond Ring from Spectrum

Diamond Solitaire Ring from Spectrum

Edwardian Double Heart Peridot and Diamond Ring
from The Antique Jewellery Company


Cataloguing or describing rings in terms of their manufacture, history or location can absorb us for a very long time and it will never be complete as the ring with its different fashions and associations is continually evolving. But we have managed to select some fine examples of rings on offer at Grays which we hope like us you’ll find them highly alluring.

Georgian Regard Ring
From The Antique Jewellery Company

Gold Plated Aventurine Ring from Tribal Tent
Edwardian Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring
From The Antique Jewellery Company
Victorian Rose Diamond and Sapphire Cluster Ring
From The Antique Jewellery Company
Ruby and Diamond Ring
From The Antique Jewellery Company


For more information visit www.graysantiques.com

Written by Titika Malkogeorgou

3 October 2013

Men's Shopping at Grays

Grays offers the perfect antidote to the age long problem of shopping for men. With a huge range of luxury items and bespoke services, an afternoon shopping in Grays will solve all your shopping dilemma's.

With so many luxury watch dealers at Grays customers are spoilt for choice. Second Time Round was established in 1985 and has grown both in size and reputation. A family run business, Second Time Round carries an extensive stock of many different pre-owned luxury watches including the ever popular Rolex brand. Dedicated to offering a complete and professional service, Second Time Round has a team of expert watchmakers who can revitalise and rejuvenate ailing timepieces.

Preowned Rolex Submariner Watch
Offered by Second Time Round

Regal Watches is another well established dealer at Grays. Specialising in vintage watches, Regal Watches have a stunning collection of classic watches and timepieces from Rolex, Omega and many more.

1950s Vacheron Constantin Watch
Offered by P.Cyrlin & Co

Titan Black offers bespoke wristwatch personalisation for Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Panerai and other exclusive watch brands. Inspired to create something completely individual Titan Black use iconic watch models and pay tribute to some of the worlds most elite watch brands. The Titan Black Collection completely transforms watches with a special blackening process. Known as DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), a military grade coating of extreme hardness is applied to the watches to give them a smooth jet black finish. 

Titan Black Rolex Daytona (Apollo)
Offered by Titan Black

For the discerning gentleman Grays has one of the largest collections of fine jewellery dealers in the country. Nigel Norman has a fantastic selection for men. A member of the British Antiques Dealers Association, Nigel specialises in jewellery from all periods, including unusual cufflinks.

19th century French Diamond Cufflinks
Offered by Nigel Norman

Also visit Peter Szuhay and The Antique Jewellery Company. Each has a distinctive collection of men's jewellery including signet rings, intaglio rings, tie pins and cufflinks. 

Victorian Onyx and 14ct Gold Signet Ring
Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

Ancient Roman Gryllos Intaglio Ring
Offered by Peter Szuhay

Head down to Leon's Militaria for rare and unusual objects. From scientific and commemorative collectables to a huge range of military antiques, this shop is for gentlemen only. 

18th century Augsburg Pocket Dial
Offered by Leon's Militaria


With over 200 of London's finest antique dealers, Grays is placed firmly at the heart of the London antiques trade and is a superb place to shop for gifts for men. For more information visit www.graysantiques.com


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