Thursday, 27 April 2017

Dealer Spotlight: Moe Heidarieh

Located in the reception area of the market is Moe Heidarieh, Alfies resident watch specialist. Having been a dealer here for around 20 years he is nearly part of the furniture and one of Alfies stand out characters - always in a good mood, welcoming and ready to help anyone who comes through the door.

Moes stand is a little nook in the corner of the building where a collection of items mingle together. You can be sure to find prints, art and even the odd book tucked away, but Moes real passion is timepieces. He has a large collection of both men's and women's watches or many eras and designs available. And he's always willing to change a battery for you.

Below you'll find just a small selection of watches available from Moe.

Moe, hard at work

A men's Ebel watch, Swiss made with a mechanical winder, 1940s
A full hunter pocket watch, gold filled with mechanical winder, 1920s
A women's Aurore watch, gold plated with quartz winder, 1960s
A men's Baume and Mercer watch, Swiss made with quartz winder, original strap with 14ct gold, 1990s
A women's Omega watch, Swiss made with mechanical winder, gold plated, 1960s

A women's Limit watch, Swiss made with incabloc design, 1960s

Moe Heidarieh
Stand G009-011
Tel: 07807 359 931

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Dazzling Diamonds

We've all heard the the old adage, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," and with its brilliance, scintillation & dispersion it's easy to see why. Diamonds, the most popular gemstone, are also the symbol for steadfast love. Another slogan we've heard many times is that, “a diamond is forever.” This is because of the stone’s symbol of deep, everlasting love, as well as the fact that it’s the hardest substance known on earth.

The diamond is also the stone that marks the 60th anniversary of marriage, and is the birthstone for the month of April. Here's a beautifully curated collection of dazzling diamonds available at Alfies.

Old cut diamond (approx 1.2 ct.) on 18ct white gold. Available from Pars Jewellery.

18ct diamond bracelet. French. c1860s. Available from Kieron Rielly.

18ct white gold and diamond ring. Available from Gareth Brooks.

1900-1910 Lizard brooch in 18ct gold with rose cut diamonds. Offered by Pari's Jewellery.

Georgian ruby & diamond ring. 18ct. Offered by Zeeba Jewels.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter Treats at Alfies

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon, it has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year. It is a significant religious event which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, however, it also has a commercial side as evidenced by the mounds of chocolate eggs and bunny or chick shaped sweets that appear in stores each spring. 

At Alfies, you'll find lots of Easter/Spring themed items - not of the confectionary kind!

Durability jam pot, c 1903. Offered by Beth.

Vintage ceramic salt & pepper chicks, offered by Robinson Antiques.

A Shelley Coffee set with English Rose design, c1930s.
Comprising of a coffee pot, 6 cups & saucers and a milk jug, offered by W&L Antiques.

Chinese snuff bottle with crane amidst blossoms design, c1930, offered by Horner Antiques.
Vintage Limoges porcelain egg, offered by Hayman & Hayman.

A Corona Harley Art Deco teapot c1930, offered by Beth.

A Royal Winton buttercheese dish, 1930s, offered by W & L Antiques.

A Russian 19th Century icon painting of the resurrection, offered by Diplomat Treasures International.

Easter Opening Hours


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Depictions of Spring in Painting

The Spring landscape has always been an inspiration for artists throughout history, from Renoir through to Monet and Van Gogh. This particular time of year has informed some incredibly famous pieces of art, still being a widely referenced subject matter in the modern world. The vibrancy of colours and ever changing light during this season are characteristics often focused on within painting and since it's a time where the land is changing and developing, allows for a huge variety of interpretations by artists.

It’s quite clear that nature continues to be a huge source of inspiration and so with this in mind, along with the recent emergence of sunshine, we thought we would look for some of our own Spring inspired artwork here at Alfies.

Oil on board Impressionist style painting, late 20th Century. Signed Bere. Offered by John Cserny Fine Arts
Oil on board, 1960s. Signed Alan Hudson. Offered by i Fine & Contemporary Art
Old Haycock vegetable garden, oil on canvas, 1950s. Signed Christopher Sanders. Offered by Robert McKoy Fine Arts
English watercolour painting, early 20th Century. Signed E. Mould. Offered by John Cserny Fine Arts

Oil on canvas, 1950s. Signed D. Bereny. Offered by John Cserny Fine Arts
Garden Flowers, oil on board, 1970s. Signed India Duncan. Offered by i Fine & Contemporary Arts

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Futuro House

Having landed at Central Saint Martins in 2015 for an initial year long stay, The Futuro House visit to King's Cross has now been extended until Summer 2017 by popular demand. Futuro is a round, prefabricated house designed by Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were made between the 1960s and 1970s. The distinctive flying saucer-like shape and airplane hatch entrance has made the houses popular among collectors.

The Futuro House at King's Cross

Matti Suuronen. Photo from: We worship bears | Taken from

The King's Cross model, painstakingly restored by artist Craig Barnes, is one of only approximately 60 still in existence today. The rare 1970s structure will act as a working space, host to a variety of performances, screenings, talks and more.

We took inspiration from Futuro and discovered lots of Space Age style items at Alfies which wouldn't look out of place in a flying saucer!

1950s table light, available from  Thirteen Interiors

1950s wooden and string geometric style hanging light, available from Steven Lazarus

An original stool from 1962 - designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, available from Thirteen Interiors

A glass top coffee table with chrome Sputnik base, 1970s European. Available from Christine Murray

Brian Willsher wooden abstract sculpture, c1965. Available from Robinson Antiques.

Riihimaki glass vases, 1970s, Finnish. Available from Robinson Antiques

Large contemporary plastic nose, offered by Diplomat Treasures International

Illustration for Science Fiction comic, offered by Diplomat Treasures International

Oyster wall lights, available from Thirteen Interiors

Pair of Knubling Table Lamps by Anders Pherson for Ateljé Lyktan, Sweden Original 1960s, available from Thirteen Interiors

Plona folding chairs, Italy, available from Vincenzo Caffarella

Set of five chrome suspension spiral lamps attributed to Angelo Mangarotti, available from The Moderns

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
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