Thursday, 23 March 2017

Mothers Day at Alfies

Mother's Day falls this weekend, Sunday 26th March. This is a time to celebrate the women in your life and show them the love they deserve.

If you're still searching for the perfect gift then don't worry, Alfies has some ideas for you. An antique gift is always unique, green and comes with a fantastic story.

You could even bring mum with you, and treat her to a slice of cake in the Roof Top Kitchen!

A 1950s Stanley Haglar floral bouquet brooch. Offered by April Antiques
A 1930s French mirrored jewellery box. Offered by Andrew Martin at stand F046-49/F057-58
A pair of 1960s Triffari faux pearl earrings. Offered by April Antiques

A 1930s china facemask. Offered by Connie Speight
A 1940s crystal and brass martini jug. Offered by Louise Verber Antiques
A 1950s enamel floral daisy brooch. Offered by April Antiques
A 1957 silver powder compact with carnation design. Offered by Connie Speight
A 1960s shell mirror. Offered by Louise Verber Antiques
A Gripoix flower brooch. Offered by April Antiques

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Daniel Raphael: New Gallery Opens on Church Street

The Daniel Raphael Art Gallery is a new addition to the Church Street family at No. 26 across the road from Alfies. The gallery opened last week, Friday 10 March, with their launch exhibition featuring works from six contemporary artists.

Daniel is the youngest trader on Church Street, having recently graduated from the University of Bristol with a view to pursuing a dream in the art world. One of the main aims of the gallery space, is to provide a platform for interactive, thought provoking and original exhibitions. The space will display both the works of well-established  and emerging artists, helping new artists establish themselves in the art world.

The location at number 26 is also comprised of several studio spaces, which are available to rent on a monthly basis - the gallery boasts WiFi and an outdoor garden/patio area, as well as all the usual amenities such as kitchen and bathroom. This combination of studio and gallery space provides artists with the unique opportunity to work and exhibit in the same environment. 

Below are some examples of work you will find on display in the exhibition, all from up and coming artists.
 The Girls, by Audrey Dangoor.

Black Water Reservoir, 2017. By Victoria Young Jamieson.

Hampstead Pond Early Spring. By Simon Hatchard Parr. 50 x 60 inches.

Blackwater Reservoir, by Madeleine Gardiner. 100 x 100cm.

Daniel Raphael Art Gallery
26 Church Street, London, NW8 8EP

Facebook/Instagram: @danielraphaelart

Friday, 10 March 2017

Spring is in the Air

Spring is the period of time between the vernal equinox, which falls around 21 March each year, and the summer solstice, which takes place every year on 21 June. The beauty of spring make us feel joyful and as the season sets in, the trees put forth new leaves, seeds sprout, flowers bloom and there is a sense of renewal and new life all around. 

At Alfies there's no shortage of Spring inspired items. Take a look at our delightful selection.

Victorian botanical print, Narcissus, available from i Fine & Contemporary Art

Left: Murano glass rabbit; Right: Small glass rabbit c1960s. Available from i Fine & Contemporary Art

1950s silver bunny small pendant charm, available from Good Time Antiques

Chinese vase with garden scene, c1880, available from Diplomat Treasures International

Bonsai - Privet, with 1920s Chinese ornaments, 7 pieces, available from Hongman Yang

Handpainted floral gilt mirror, available from June Victor at Alfies

Original Art Deco wall plaque by Burleigh pottery, available from Beth

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Women Of The World

The 2017 edition of the Women of the World festival is due to begin next week at London's Southbank Centre and coincides with International Women's Day, which falls annually on 8th March. The event runs from Tuesday 7 - Sunday 12 March and tickets can be purchased here.

The Festival was set up in 2010 with the aim of celebrating women from many cultures and backgrounds across the globe, looking at obstacles they face and championing achievements, in the hope of inspiring future generations of young women.

The festival is set up to be diverse; showcasing a range of performers and holding workshops and mentoring sessions. Influential speakers are also an important part of the festival and in the past have included names such as Annie Lennox, Vivienne Westwood, Julie Walters and Grayson Perry.

Being home to a diverse range of stock, Alfies of course has a number of items depicting women across the world. Here are a few of our favourites.

Chinese reverse glass painting, late 19th Century. Offered by Hongman Yang

Namji fertility doll from Ghana, early 20th Century. Offered by Diplomat Treasures International

Art Nouveau alabaster maiden sculpture, 19th Century Italian. Offered by Diplomat Treasures International

Portrait of a Hindu lady by Archibald Zigler, oil on canvas, 20th Century. Offered by Robert McKoy Fine Arts

English wood carving of a Tribal African woman, 1950s. Offered by Andrew Martin at stand F046-49/F057-58

Headshots of famous American actresses, 20th Century. Offered by i Fine and Contemporary Art

Pencil drawing of a woman signed by P J Hopkins, late 20th century. Offered by John Cserny Fine Arts

Austrian painted terracotta tribeswoman, 1950s. Offered by Andrew Martin at stand F046-49/F057-58

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Treasures of the Deep

Horner Antiques on the ground floor of Alfies have an exciting display of porcelain rescued from the seabed. Shipwrecked antiques have long been collectable due to the romance and tragedy associated with found objects.

Over the last few years a number of wrecks have been found in the South China seas off the coast of Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. There are examples from 1430 (Ming Dynasty) through to 1815 - 20 (Ching Dynasty).

Bowl with barnacles

Staining on a bowl which lain next to metal

There are pieces with barnacles that have started to grow on them and the glaze has been eroded by seawater. Where pieces have lain next to metal you can see staining on the porcelain, such as in this piece from Tek Sing which has a stylised peach blossom design.

Tea bowl saucers from different wrecks and periods

Here are two examples of tea bowl saucers from different wrecks and different periods, showing the evolution of style. Both of these are stylised cherry blossom in decoration, one is from the wreck of 'Ca Mau' which sank in 1725, the other from the Tek Sing which sank in 1822.

Spoons from the wreck of the 'Desaru' 

From the wreck of the 'Desaru' which sank off the Johor peninsular, Malaysia, Horner Antiques are very  fortunate to have a pair of spoons, the colour is more vibrant and flo blue in appearance.

Small bowls decorated with a repeating Greek pattern

You will also find small bowls decorated with a repeating Greek pattern and different amounts of glaze loss, this would have happened where the porcelain in the middle of the bowl was more protected from the elements as the packing crates rotted and the cargo settled on to the seabed.

Stand G012-13
Tel: 07748 653 580

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2017

Today marks the final day of New York Fashion Week, with the London edition beginning tomorrow, followed by Milan and then Paris. This is the time where we see how the future landscape of fashion will be shaped and the trends that will become the focus of design for the season ahead.

At one time a very exclusive event, fashion week is now accessible to everyone courtesy of social media, and all it takes is a smart phone to get a head start on applying the trends to come to your own wardrobe before they hit the high street. Of course a lot of modern design looks to the past for inspiration - we think doing this with vintage clothes will allow you to take a trend and make it truly unique. If you're searching for a something unique to adorn your wardrobe, then look no further than the wonderful vintage dealers Alfies has to offer. Read on for some of the current trends with a vintage feel.

Political Slogans/Propaganda: 'Keep It Under Your Hat' scarf by Arnold Lever, c1942. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Political Slogans/Propaganda: 'Shoulder To Shoulder' scarf by Arnold Lever, c1943. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Political Slogans/Propaganda: 12th Air Force scarf by Charles Addams, c1943. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Tones and Texture: Ruffle shirt and knitted cardigan, c1980s. Offered by Dispensary Vintage

Tones and Texture: Gingham shirt and cable knit cardigan, c1970s. Offered by Dispensary Vintage

Tones and Texture: Velvet coat and silk scarf, offered by June Victor

English Heritage: Men's Burberry coat, offered by Dispensary Vintage

English Heritage: Grid patterned wool coat, offered by Dispensary Vintage

English Heritage: Grey wool coat, offered by Dispensary Vintage

English Heritage: 'Darby Winners' scarf by Welch, Margetson and Co, c1948. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Women's Suits: Ladies fine wool worsted, c1938. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Friday, 10 February 2017


February's birthstone is the amethyst, a gem which has been hugely popular across the eras, making antique amethyst jewellery easy to find. The fact that purple could for centuries only be produced from natural materials made it labour-intensive and thus highly expensive – at one point the stone was literally worth its weight in gold! As a result the amethyst became linked to royalty and power. The Victorians were big fans - when Queen Victoria wore a gown to the Royal Exhibition in 1862 dyed with the newly available product the colour became extremely fashionable.

The amethyst is popular for is hue and vibrancy and at Alfies our jewellery dealers have a beautiful selection of pieces on offer:

1930s amethyst ring. From Good Time Antiques.

Victorian 18k gold and amethyst necklace. Available from Kieron Reilly.

1900-1915 Suffragette amethyst bracelet. From Zeeba Jewels.

1870/1880 Austrian amethyst necklace. From Zeeba Jewels.

An amethyst ring surrounded with small diamonds set in white gold. 1960s-70s. From Gareth Brooks.

Edwardian Suffragette necklace. 1910-1915. Amthyst and natural pearl. Available from Zeeba Jewels.

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