28 July 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid's Exhibition at The Tate Modern

Fahrelnissa Zeid's first major retrospective exhibition is currently under the way at the Tate Modern, until Sunday 8th October 2017.

Fahrelnissa Zeid was an international artist, having originally trained in Paris and Istanbul. She was a key figure in the Turkish avant-garde d Group in the early 1940s and The Ecole de Paris (School of Paris) in the 1950s.


Fahrelnissa Zeid in her studio. Paris, c.1950s by unknown photographer Raad Zeid Al-Husssein. Image courtesy of The Independent

Farhrelnissa Zeid  'Untitled'. Image Courtesy of Pinterest

The 1950s  was an important period as it defined Zeid as a painter and cemented her reputation as an international artist. She is know for her vibrant kaleidoscopic paintings, which mix Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences with European approaches to abstraction, enticing the viewer in. 

After you have visited this exhibition, and feel inspired to explore these styles further, then join us at Grays where we have a variety of beautiful pieces redolent of Fahrelnissa Zeid.
Bronze Islamic 12th Century Pestle and Mortar. Available at Safi Shams Antiques

Byzantine Coin. Anastasius First Emperor. AD 4021-518 . Available at Pavlos S. Pavlou
Back image of the coin (above)



Arab - Byzantine Coin. Mvawya AD 661 - 680. Follis after a Byzantine issue of Justin II and Sofia Mint of Scythopolis. Available at Pavlos S. Pavlou




Back image of coin (above)


Early 19th Century Arabic Syrian Neillo Copper Bowl. The inscription on the front is Arabic proverbs. Dimensions: 27 cm diameter, 7.5 width and height 15cm.  Available at IQ Antiques Ltd


Persian Ceramic 12th Century Jug. Available at Solaimani Gallery




19 July 2017

Old as Time Antiques

Little and LARGE 
at A18, 
The Mews at Grays 

Since Old as Time Antiques moved to stand A18 in The Mews at Grays, they have focused on establishing their stock of bracket, mantle and small clocks and timepieces, along with the repair, servicing and valuation services they offer. 

Recently they have introduced wall mounted regulators, clock/barometer combinations, “Art Deco” clocks and the sale of a private collection of first quarter 19th century silver pair cased verge gents pocket watches and silver cased hunter gents pocket watches, all in perfect working condition. 

Below are some images of the pieces mentioned above. A full description can be viewed on the Grays website.

Silver Hunter Verge Key Wind Gents Pocket Watches

 English Silver Paired Case Verge Key Wind Gents Pocket

A Movado Clicker Timepiece, c1920/30 Image A WW2 Land Issue Gentlemen’s Pocket Watch

An ‘Art Deco’ Marble Timepiece

A Late 19c Fusee Wall Dial Timepiece Image A circa 19c/20c AustroGerman 1?2hr Wall Regulator

An early 20c Barometer/Clock Combination


All their clocks are 'shop ready', having been prepared by individuals who have a proven record of completing simple and complex repairs to quality timepieces, clocks and watches. 

Unit A18, Grays Mews

Open Monday and Thursday afternoons, and all day Friday or anytime by appointment.

Facebook: @oldastimeantiques 
Twitter: @OATantiques 
Tel: 01442 395761 (ext 6 for the support staff)
Email: oldastime@hotmail.co.uk

13 July 2017

Lapis Lazuli and the World's 'Most Perfect' Colour

Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone with a unique place in the History of Art…

Detail of 'Madonna and Child' Giovanni Bellini, Venice, c.1475-76. Ultramarine pigment created from ground Lapis Lazuli is used for the Virgin's Robe.

This vivid and intense blue rock, mottled with white calcite, has been mined in remote mountainous regions since antiquity; principally the Badakhshan mountains of modern day Afghanistan.

Before the discovery of smaller mines across the globe, these remote mountains were the only source of the rock known to Europeans. Travelling via the expanded east to west trade routes of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, lapis was ground into the pigment known as ‘Ultramarine'.

Declared by Italian painter Cennino Cennini as ‘the most perfect colour’ (The Book of Arts, 1400), the brilliance and rarity of the pigment usually reserved it for the adornment of angels and royalty, in particular the Virgin Mary. 

Through the influence of master painters Giotto, Masaccio and Bellini, the distinctive hue is now forever associated in visual culture with the robes of the Holy Mother.

Despite increased availability, the status of genuine lapis lazuli has endured and is used for fine jewellery, exquisite ornaments and striking decorative objects around the world.


If you would like to pick up your own piece of the world’s most perfect colour, we have curated a selection of objects available at Grays...

Fine carving from Lapis Lazuli depicting courtly ladies adorned with flowers. Chinese, mid 20th century. Available at Christopher Cavey and Associates

18ct Gold and Lapis Lazuli Castellated Seal. English ,Victorian c1839-1901. Available at The Antique Jewellery Company


Carved Lapis Lazuli Sculpture of a bird, Afghanistan, mid- 20th century. Available at Safiullah Shamas Antiques


Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Brooch, 1970s. Available at Michael Longmore


Free-form natural Lapis Lazuli. 20th century.  Available at Christopher Cavey and Associates


6 July 2017

Frieze Sculpture 2017

London’s largest outdoor exhibition, the Regent’s Park Frieze Sculpture 2017, kicked off yesterday and will run throughout the summer months, ending 8 October 2017. The exhibition brings together 23 new and significant works by 20th-century masters and leading contemporary artists from around the world.

Highlights include Thomas J Price’s (Hales) startling triple portraits of men of African origin; Reza Aramesh’s (Leila Heller Gallery) metamorphosis of mythical animal and subjected figure; and a six-metre-high ubiquitous toy-human figure by KAWS (pictured below).

We had a wander through Regent’s Park and were impressed by the spectacular works dotted around the area, which certainly made a striking effect. Here are some of our favourites:

John Chamberlain | Fiddler's Fortune 2010 | Coloured aluminium

Urs Fischer | Invisible Mother 2015 | Cast brass and enamel 

Magadalena Abakanowicz | Standing Figure with Wheel 1990 | Bronze and iron

Eduardo Paolozzi | Vulcan 1999 | Unique bronze

Bernar Venet | 17 Acute Unequal Angles (2016) | Corten steel

KAWS | Final Days 2013 | Afromosia wood 

At Grays, we discovered a few noteworthy sculptures from our dealers...

Salvador Dali | Venus Aux Tiroirs | Bronze | Offered by Tabunov Antiques

David Williams | 'Louise II' | Bronze | Offered by Horton London

Amedeo Gennarelli | Terracotta Bust | Offered by Patrick Boyd-Carpenter

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