Friday, 20 October 2017

Services: A spotlight on Creative Jewellery Company

Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting our many services available at Alfies Antique Market. This week's blog post puts the spotlight on Lawrence Mendoza who runs Creative Jewellery Company.

Lawrence launched the company in 1999, close-by on Marylebone High Street and spent twenty years there honing his craft and building up a customer database before moving to Alfies last year. His work includes repairing and restoring jewellery, as well as custom jewellery design. Lawrence's passion and speciality is hand made unique jewellery, custom made to suit each individual's design and personality. His beautiful pieces are carefully crafted and make perfect unique gifts for special birthdays or occasions.

A cross necklace shown in development, from start to finish.

A ring that was driven over and flattened was restored to its former glory rather than being scrapped.
The beautiful handmade Daisy Swann ring, made from 29 separate pieces of platinum.

Lawrence at work in his workshop.

Second Floor | Stand S052
Tel: 07754 059 856

Thursday, 12 October 2017

London Literature Festival

For 20 days of wordy events, featuring big names from Hillary Clinton to Tom Hanks and Philip Pullman, this year's London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, is set to be bigger than ever. Opening with the 50th birthday of Poetry International, it sets out to explore how literature can remind us of our shared humanity. 

Budding writers can take part in Q&A sessions with big name authors as they offer tips and advice on succeeding in the literary world. There’s something here to appeal to all ages and tastes, with live poetry readings and short plays mixed in with talks and workshops from the likes of ‘His Dark Materials’ author Philip Pullman, acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz and the Man Booker Prize nominees. 

On the final day of the festival, Tom Hanks will read his first collection of short stories, entitled Uncommon Type, each themed around his passion for typewriters. Hanks is said to own more than 100 classic typewriters!

In keeping with the theme of books, we took a look around Alfies and discovered lots of desirable items for the bookworm..

1950s wood and glass bedside book holder, available from Diplomat Treasures International

Classic vintage books available from Dream Retro

1970s metal and turquoise bookmark, available from Gloria Sinclair

Victorian storage chest or book storage/display, available from Hongman Yang

Edwardian rotating book holder, available from Gloria Sinclair

London Literature Festival takes place at the Southbank Centre from 13 October to 1 November.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The London Restaurant Festival

The aim of the London Restaurant Festival is to make dining an experience, delivering memorable events based around the capitals best food. Comprising of more than 350 of the cities best venues, you can participate in restaurant hopping tours, tasting events with great British chefs and specially curated festival menus.

Taking place for the entire month of October and taking place all over the city whilst catering to a variety of tastes and price ranges, it's truly an event that everyone can enjoy.

As always Alfies is the place to find every day items such as dining ware, but in a more unique form. Read on for a select few picks from around the building.

A 1950s cruet set. Offered by Dream Retro

A Midwinter Pottery teapot serving 6. Offered by Robinson Antiques

Victorian rosewood and oak corkscrews. Offered by The Originals

Midwinter Pottery "Spanish Garden" teacups. Offered by Robinson Antiques

A 1960s Murano jug. Offered by Dream Retro

Copeland Spode soup tureen, c1907. Offered by W&L Antiques

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Antiques Anonymous Flea Market

Last Sunday was the highly anticipated Antiques Anonymous flea market, a collaboration between the 80 dealers on Church Street NW8 (including Alfies), and an additional 50 antique and vintage traders from across London and further afield. Never before has Church Street been host to an exposition of this kind. Thankfully the sun was shining and the traders pitched up with everything from vintage clothing to midcentury furniture on offer.

The street was bustling and the atmosphere was electric, not only were customers presented with a range of high-calibre treasures, there was also live music and delicious street food and coffee. Needless to say, it was a great success and we would like to thank everyone involved and all the customers for making it a truly special day. Watch this space for the next edition!

Bohemian Flea

St John's Hospice

Levant & Taylor


Rag & Bone



Stylish customers

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The London Design Festival

Set up in 2003, The London Design Festival has become an annual event that aims to promote London as a the design capital of the world. Drawing in designers, makers, thinkers and retailers, it's a creative hub that showcases the best the UK has to offer. Taking place from 16 -24 September, it's a busy week of events mainly consisting of exhibitions, trade shows, installations and workshops. There is really something for everyone here and you are guaranteed to leave feeling inspired.

Unique and interesting design can also be found all over Alfies, everything from Italian and Scandinavian through to South American, all ranging a number of periods and artistic styles.

Read on for just a few interesting pieces of design along with some of our stands at Alfies.

A view of the Cupio Gallery stand located on the First Floor Mezzanine

An English copper table lamp, offered by Christine Murray

A view of the Thirteen Interiors stand located at G001-04 & G049-51

A Japanese silver vase with enamel overlay, c1950. Offered by Kieron Reilly

A view of Steven Lazarus' stand located at F017

A 'Space Age' lamp by Carlo Nason for Mazzega c1969, offered by Cupio Gallery

A view of Christine Murray's stand located on the First Floor Mezzanine

Dutch Groeneveldt vases, c1960s. Offered by The Moderns

Coinciding with the last day of The London Design Festival, Church Street will be hosting an art, antiques and design flea market on Sunday 24th September. Antiques Anonymous is a collaboration between 80 art and antique dealers based in Church Street, Marylebone, including those within Alfies Antique Market. Along with 50+ independent traders from across London and further afield, plus live entertainment and street food, the event aims to highlight Church Street as a last outpost for high-quality decorative objects, both old and new.

Monday, 18 September 2017

New Dealer: Pax Romana Ltd

Pax Romana Ltd, one of the leading suppliers and collectors of ancient art & numismatics in the world, have recently joined Alfies.

In their gallery on the second floor, you will find a large selection of ancient and medieval art and coins. In addition to this, they offer highly specialised professional services in the fields of appraisal, authentication and conservation of antiquities from neolithic to post medieval periods.

Below is just a small selection of the treasures they have on offer....

Viking horned open-work pendant

Roman silvered plate brooch with cruciform motif

Hoi An Shipwreck Hoard - Decorated jar with lid

Viking gold earrings

Early medieval Viking neck-torc with Lunar, sun, spoon pendants

Roman Empire --Phillip I Arab (244_249) AR antoninianus

Indus valley painted terracotta jar with animal motif

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Matisse in the Studio

Matisse in the Studio is currently taking place at the Royal Academy of Arts, offering you the chance to step into the artists studio. The exhibition promises to be more engaging than the usual with the aim to give a real insight into the mind of one of modern arts icons. The space has been filled, just like his original studio, with the treasured objects collected by the artist on his travels around the world, which proved to be a profound source of inspiration. This event offers the viewer a rare opportunity to see original Matisse works intermingling with his collection to provide a rich portrait of the artists private world.

Matisse went through a number of phases and styles during his career, producing a very diverse body of work, some of which can be seen below:

Paysage à Collioure

Madonna and Child

Moroccan Cafe

Brook with Aloes

Drawing from the exhibition ourselves, we took a look around Alfies at just a few of the many Matisse inspired works...

A garden scene signed by D Bereny, 1950s. Offered by John Cserny Fine Arts

Portrait of a lady by Peter Collins, 1950s. Offered by Robert McKoy Fine Arts

A lake scene, oil on board, 1930s. Offered by i Fine & Contemporary Art

'Metal Under Stress' by Joan Hewitt, 20th Century. Offered by Thomas Fine Art

Norh African street scene, oil on canvas, 1950s. Offered by Robert McKoy Fine Arts

Matisse in the Studio is exhibiting until 12th November 2017. Tickets can be purchased here.
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