Friday, 21 October 2016

The First Floor Mezzanine

The First Floor Mezzanine has recently undergone a wonderful makeover, with three new dealers moving in alongside two former Alfies dealers relocated from the ground floor of the mezzanine. It has become an eclectic destination for 20th Century Design & Interiors, ranging from Italian design to Scandinavan and British to South American. In one corner you'll also find a carefully curated selection of vintage fashion.

A view of Paola Bazzoli's stand

A view of Christine Murray's stand

A view of Christine Murray's stand

A view of The Dispensary's stand

Here's a short summary of the new First Floor Mezzanine dealers:

Christine Murray
Christine specialises in British, European, Scandinavian and South American 20th century furniture and lighting.

Rocking chair Angel Pazmino (c1960. Quito, Ecuador), available from Christine Murray

Herman Miller for Eames (Set of 4 ), fibreglass chairs, c1980, available from Christine Murray

Paola Bazzoli
Paola Bazzoli specialises in 20th Century Italian Design. You will find striking pieces such as the following in her stand:

1970s bronze glass, steel and brass bookshelf, available from Paola Bazzoli

Italian Chandelier from the 1950s, available from Paola Bazzoli

The Dispensary
A carefully chosen and presented range of gems dating mostly from the mid 1960s/70s, including immaculate wool coats from Italy, silk tops, silk dresses and vintage furs..

1950s Opera coat, available from The Dispensary

1970s Chiffon floral dress, available from The Dispensary

Angela Ball and Martin Rooney have relocated from the ground floor to the First Floor Mezzanine and specialise in 20th century design and interiors.

A view of Angela Ball's stand

Beni Ourain rug, available from Angela Ball

A view of Martin Rooney's stand

Gold plated coffee table, c.1970, available from Martin Rooney

Christine Murray - Details coming soon.
The Dispensary - Details coming soon.
Paola Bazzoli / Email: / Tel: 07552 779 324 /
Angela Ball / Email: / Tel: 078 4677 0743 /
Martin Rooney / Email: / Tel: 07817 119 663

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Birthstone of October: Opal

The name opal originates from the Greek word 'opallios', which meant 'to see a change in colour'.

There are lots of myths and legends surrounding the majestic Opal - The Aboriginal Australians thought that the creator of the stones came to Earth on a rainbow, leaving colourful opals where his feet touched the ground, meanwhile according to Arabic legend, opals fell from the sky in bolts of lighting.

In the Middle Ages, people believed that the opal possessed the powers of each gem that reflected in the stone, making it a powerful and lucky gem to have in ones possession. However, in 1829 with the publication of 'Anne of Geierstein' by Sir Walter Scott, the stones reputation for good luck turned to bad. The story featured and enchanted woman who wore an opal that changed colours with her moods, and resulted in the woman dying when the stone was destroyed. With that the reputation of the opal became that of bad luck (at least to all those not born in October) and within a year of the books publication, opal sales had fallen by 50% in Europe. In the modern day the opal has since shed it's negative association and is once again a very popular gem. 

The opals country of origin is Australia and is made by rain carrying silica deposits underground into cracks between layers of rocks. The water then evaporates and an opal forms in the deposits. It has also been known for silica to seep into spaces in nature such as seashells, wood and even skeletons, creating opalized fossils.

The opal is one of the most popular stones used in jewellery today, and is not only colourful in form but also in its history.

With Octobers birthstone in mind, we took a look around Alfies for some opal jewellery.

18ct gold, diamond and opal necklace. Offered by Kieron Reilly

Art Deco opal, diamond and sapphire ring set in platinum. Offered by Kieron Reilly

Early Edwardian silver and opal necklace. Offered by Good Time Antiques

18ct gold, opal and diamond daisy ring, c1920s. Offered by Naneen Brooks

Gold and opal necklace, c 1950s. Offered by Good Time Antiques

Victorian opal ring with old cut diamonds. Offered by Kieron Reilly

Monday, 10 October 2016


This year marks Alfies Antique Market’s 40th year in business, to celebrate this impressive anniversary, we had a week of celebrations in conjunction with the London Design Festival between September 20 – September 24, which included pop up shops from London Glassblowing and the Antiques Young Guns collective, plus talks and demonstrations from antiques expert Mark Hill and Alfies' dealers. 

We had a special evening on the 22nd, our dealers plus special guests were treated to a compelling speech from Alfies' founder Bennie Gray who gave us a fascinating and nostalgic insight into Alfies past. Peter Layton who established London Glassblowing in 1976, also gave us a wonderful speech.

We would like to thank all our guests and customers for attending our celebrations and making it a dynamic and special week! Here are some pictures from the event...

Complimentary bubbly & cupcakes!

The London Glassblowing Pop-up at Alfies
The Antiques Young Guns Pop-up shop on Church Street

Emilia of Thirteen Interiors Workshop talking about the Art of Upholstery

20th Century Glass with Mark Hill

Alfies' Dealers and Gail of Antique News & Fairs

Alfies' dealers

Peter Layton of London Glassblowing

Alfies' founder Bennie Gray

Photo taken by Laurance of Creative Jewellery Company

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

This week is the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, which is an annual event held at Battersea Evolution. Originating as a family owned fair that launched in 1985 it now comprises of three events a year: A Winter fair in January, a Spring fair in April and an Autumn fair September.

The fair is extremely diverse in its range ad is known for it's visionary way of bringing an eclectic mix of things together. know for it's eclectic mix All of the stands are also incredibly well curated making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon, shop or even just draw some inspiration.

Not only is this event an exciting one in itself but Alfies will also be taking their first ever stand at the fair. Showcasing a curated stand of chosen items from a variety of dealers, the display will convey the wide variety that is available in our market.

Alfies dealers taking part are:

The Moderns
Tin Tin Collectibles
Thirteen Interiors
Duncan Clarke
Louise Verber
Travers Antiques
Steven Lazarus
Matt Mitchell
Angela Ball 
Martin Rooney
Goldsmith & Perris
W & L Antiques
Robinson Antiques
Diplomat Treasures International
Charles Fine Art
Mark Eaton 

We explored the venue to bring you an inside look at the event

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles fair is a free event and will run from Monday 27th September - Sunday 2nd October.

You can request a complimentary ticket here

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ceramics in the City

Today marks the start of the annual event Ceramics in the City which is held at the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch. Now in its 14th year, the event will exhibit, promote and sell works from a diverse range of artists.

This year 54 potters will be showcasing their work along with demonstrations and craft activities. Ceramics in the City is also one of the events that makes up The London Design Festival which itself runs from 17th-25th September.

Ceramics in the City runs from Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th September with an open evening taking place on Thursday 22nd September 6pm-8.30.

With this in mind, we took a look around for all the little ceramic treasures hiding away in Alfies.

Ceramic vase, offered by Andy Powell

Ceramic vase, offered by Keith Spicer

Ceramic Vase, offered by Beth 

Ceramic vase, offered by Renato

Ceramic water set, offered by The Moderns

Ceramic vase, offered by Keith Spicer

Ceramic nut dish, offered by Beth

Ceramic vase, offered by Renato

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