Thursday, 12 January 2017

The London Art Fair

The annual London Art Fair is the UK's largest contemporary art fair, taking place at the Business Design Centre from 18-22 January. This year is the 29th edition of the fair, which is generally being regarded as the event that kicks off the year for the art world.

The fair primarily has a contemporary focus and presents a lot of modern British art along with other works ranging from the early 20th Century through to the present day. Around 125 galleries showcase within the main fair, and in addition there are also curated sections focusing on younger galleries, new work and contemporary photography. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

We have a range of art dealers within Alfies, many of whom have a huge variety of work from many different periods, and whilst there is a lot of traditional items, there are some beautiful contemporary works on offer too. Here we present some of our favourites.

Painting on canvas by Anna Mae of the Portobello Group, 2013. Offered by Graham Thomas.
'Dorset Abstract' by Richard Witham, 2014. Offered by Graham Thomas. 
'Flowers in a Window' by Richard Suddaby, 1940s. Offered by Graham Thomas.
'Flowers' by India Duncan, 1970s. Offered by Mark Eaton.
'Snowdonia' by W. Matthew, oil on board, 2014. Offered by Mark Eaton.
'Venice' by Ray Rossepi, oil on board. Offered by Robert McKoy Fine Arts.
Unknown, oil on board, 1950s. Offered by Robert McKoy Fine Arts.
'Blue Geisha' and 'Orange Samurai' by David Harper, 2014. Offered by David Harper.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Winter Lights

January is here, and with the upcoming Winter Lights at Canary Wharf and the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens, the focus this month is on light. The winter months are dark and gloomy so it's inevitable that we are inclined to celebrate and appreciate anything with luminous quality.

At Alfies there is no shortage of fabulous lighting in all shapes and forms. Here's our top picks...

1950s antique brass spider chandelier attributed to Oscar Torlasco, available from Paola Bazzoli
Original green enamelled 1950s desk lamp, available from David Harper

Brass 1940s Floor Lamp by Lightolier, available from The Moderns

Gio-ponti lamp, available from Steven Lazarus

1950s Table Lights by Stilnovo, available from Thirteen Interiors

Thursday, 22 December 2016

New Dealer: Jason Smallwood

Jason Smallwood is the newest edition to the dealers at Alfies, and he's bought with him a very unique collection of pieces - many with unique histories too.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have been collecting 'Outsider Art' for about 25 years now. It's just a genre of Art that interests me. Usually the narrative or the story of the artist is mostly of a non academic background and rarely were they accepted by the class of the academic art world, involving gallery exhibitions. There is also usually some form of mental illness involved in the character of the artist. 

How did you become a dealer?
I was a collector before I was a dealer and it's just something that grew into what I now do for a living. I have sold collections of rare paintings, I have discovered and owned some of the biggest buyers in this field of art. Having a love and passion for this kind of art has really helped my business as an art dealer. 

How would you describe your stock?
My stock is an interesting mix of self-taught, outsider, non-academic and visionary painters and sculptors..all with very interesting backgrounds.

Do you have any personal favourites in your collection? 
Current favourites in my stock right now are two rare and original 1971 private language paintings by the Plymouth based artist Robert Lenkiewicz. These were personal paintings of Lenkiewicz's that have been in a private collection for years, so now is the first time they have been viewed by the public. I met Lenkiewicz when he was alive and visited his studio in the nineties. To me he is one of the great "outsider" painters. He owned a 17th century skeleton of a woman called Ursula Kemp who was killed by trial for Witchcraft, and also embalmed the body of his friend and kept him in the drawer of his studio.

Do you have a favourite gallery to visit in London?
The Gallery of Everything on Chiltern Street.

Do you collect anything?
I collect lots of things, some useless and some beautiful, but mostly they are interesting and bizarre.

If you could own any piece of art from history what would it be?
I would love to own a painting called 'Peter and the Fisherman' by Mary Barnes circa 1960s/70s. I have owned various works by Mary Barnes at different times, and have sold them on to private buyers. But this one is a fantastic painting and one I would keep hold of.

You can find Jason at Alfies Antique Market, stand F051-51. Below are a few examples of items you'll find in his stand...

Mick Spilane Sculpture, 20th century

Richard Mcreith painting, acrylic on paper, 20th century

Mick Spilane drawing, crayon on paper, 20th century

Richard Mckreith painting, acrylic on paper, 20th century
Locket necklace pendant with illustrations made from hair, 20th century

Jason Smallwood
F050-51 | Tel: 07767 799 434 | | Instagram: @jason3smallwood

Alfies Christmas Opening Hours

Friday 23rd December: 
10am - 6pm

Saturday 24th December:
10am - 1pm

Alfies will be closed from 1pm Saturday 24th December 2016 
until 10am Tuesday 3rd January 2017 

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Second Floor Gallery: David Harper

David Harper has recently moved into the Second Floor Gallery, you'll find his vivid artwork adorning the light filled space, along with limited edition prints and a carefully curated selection of lighting and furniture.

David Harper

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an art and antiques dealer / broker and artist…also a BBC TV presenter.

How would your describe your stock?
My stock at Alfies dates from the 17th century to mid 20th century furniture, lighting and sculpture - then into the 21st century century with my paintings. 

Do you have any personal favourites in your collection?
Currently my favourite piece is a crocodile embossed leather chair. Amazingly I recently bought this chair back after having it made and then sold as a one off for an exhibition 15 years ago. 

What piece would you love to find?
I’ve found many very special pieces over the years, but coming across a forgotten Picasso would be quite nice!

Do you have a favourite gallery to visit in London?
My favourite galleries in London are the museums…not very much in design is actually that new. Look closely at modern shapes and styles and you’ll see images from the past. I get inspiration from these places for my paintings.

Do you collect anything?
I collect classic cars.

If you could own any piece of art from history what would it be?
An early 1960s Bentley Continental Convertible…as much a piece of art as anything I’ve ever seen.

Here's a selection of eye-catching pieces you'll find in the Second Floor Gallery...

David Harper
Second Floor Gallery
Take the lift to the second floor or turn right at the top of the main wooden staircase.
Tel: 07593 178 005 | Email:

Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Vintage Christmas Dinner, from Alfies

Christmas is arguably the ultimate dining event. For some, it's the one meal of the year when families and friends come together and make time for each other. An event that's steeped in tradition, it's not just the food itself that is part of the ritual of Christmas but also the decoration of the dining table. 

To mark the beginning of December, and the Alfies Christmas Shopping Event, which takes place today, we have collected some of Alfies' best dinnerware to help inspire your Christmas planning.

Mappin and Webb 1950s silver plate Hors d'Oeuvres tray. Offered by Good Time Antiques
Silver plate grape scissors. Offered by W & L Antiques

Sheffield plate Edwardian soup tureen and ladle. Offered by Gloria Sinclair
A pair of open veg dishes in the style of chestnut baskets by Adams, 1891-1903. Offered by Horner Antiques
1950s/60s  crystal decanter set. Offered by Good Time Antiques
Ivory handled carving set. Offered by W & L Antiques
A variety of gravy boats, including Mappin and Webb and Sheffield Plate. Offered by Goldsmith & Perris

Friday, 25 November 2016

Alfies & Church Street: Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell, specialists in 20th century design & interiors, have recently relocated to 24 Church Street. Although we were sad to see them leave, we were content with the knowledge that they would reside just across the road from Alfies, strengthening Church Street as the design destination for interior decorators, designers and vintage devotees. In fact, many of the independent dealers who line the street, started out at Alfies.

Matt Mitchell at No.24 Church Street - "Church Street has great atmosphere and some of the most interesting design in London, and we feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to open here."

Previously occupying the Second Floor Gallery, Matt Mitchell will continue to explore twentieth century design - bringing together modernism, Art Deco and architect-led industrial pieces.  Don't forget that as well as the shop, their full range will be available on their website and clients can view on request.

Be sure to visit the new shop which has been filled with glorious design pieces such as the items pictured below...

Italian Twin or Triple Bay Shelving Unit

Pair of Mid-Century Armchairs

"Como" Tea & Coffee Set by Sabattini for Christoffle

1960s Austrian Glass Wall Lights

A view of Matt Mitchell's shop, No.24 Church Street 

Alfies is located directly opposite the shop | 24 Church Street, London, NW8 8EP +44 7932 678 410

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Christmas Shopping Party at Alfies Antique Market

Two weeks from today Alfies will be opening its doors until 9pm for its annual Late Night Shopping Event. The after-hours shopping party has become legendary for its entertainment, cocktails and canapés and is a fantastic way to shop for rare and beautiful Christmas gifts.

This year you can enjoy vintage inspired music from The Haywood Sisters and complimentary canapés and drinks from the Roof Top Kitchen while you browse. You will also be able to suss out what lies ahead in 2016 with forecasts from our in-house tarot card reader and, this year, for those who arrive between 5pm and 6pm there will be a special raffle draw with a range of gift vouchers available to win, from £20-£100.

Music: Sets at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm
Tarot Card Reading: Based in unit S002-04. Use the sign up sheet on the door to select a time slot
Raffle: Arrive between 5pm and 6pm and the doorman will give you a raffle ticket for our 7.30pm prize draw. Winners will be announced at the end of The Haywood Sisters' 7pm set, in the jewellery corner on the ground floor.
Bar: Drinks stations will be located on the first and second floors.

The Haywood Sisters performing in the Roof Top Kitchen

Shoppers at the Alfies Christmas Shopping Event
Alfies Christmas Gift Guide 2016. Pick one up from reception or view online here

9ct Gold earrings with Cabochon Emeralds and Diamonds. From Good Time Antiques.
Cartier 18ct Gold and Sapphire Art Deco Cufflinks, c.1930s. From Kieron Reilly.

Napier cocktail Tells-You-How-Mixer, 1932, silver plate. From Goldsmith & Perris.

1930s ostrich feather fan with tortoiseshell handle From Tin Tin Collectables.

This event is free but by RSVP only - please click attending on our Facebook event, or contact us using the information below to ensure entry:

020 7723 6066

Friday, 11 November 2016

November's Birthstone: Citrine

Although paired with the gloomy month of November, citrine is often referred to as the "Happy Sunshine Stone" and takes its name from the French word for lemon, “citron". They can be found in a range of pale yellows, to golden browns, and even a lovely burnt amber. 

Citrine was historically known as ‘The Merchant’s Stone’. This harks back to the myths of the Sun Gods in ancient civilisations, when anything golden coloured was seen as being touched by the Gods and therefore extremely beneficial and lucky. It is a beautiful stone and one renowned for bringing the wearer abundance, prosperity and joy.

Below are some of our favourite citrine picks available at Alfies...

Citrine and garnet cross on 18k, c1880, from Zeeba Jewels

Pearl & citrine pendant, c1900, offered by Zeeba Jewels

Edwardian diamond and citrine marquis shaped ring c1900, available from Gareth Brooks

Pearl & citrine brooch, c1900, offered by Zeeba Jewels

18 Ct gold monkey ring with citrine, diamonds, sapphire and tourmaline, available from Pari's Jewellery

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