Thursday, 27 August 2009

First Floor in Alfies

This week's blog is the first of three parts on the first floor in Alfies. The first floor, in my opinion is the most varied in terms of different types of dealers and antiques found here. With items ranging from Art Deco furniture to African textiles, there really is something for everyone!

Starting in the corridor we find Castaside which specialises in theatre ephemera; posters, programmes, brochures, leaflets and flyers, all late Victorian to current and mainly West End. This is a real treasure trove and a must see for any theatre fanatic.

1983 'Marilyn' musical based on the life of Norma Jean/Marilyn Monroe.

Next to Castaside is Tycho Andrews, specialising in collectable Antiques and Modern Design. Tycho has exhibited on numerous occasions at the Olympia Antiques Fair and also this year at the Grand Designs exhibition at Excel and Circa at the Truman Brewery. He also hires to the film and television industry.

Very unusual 1950s Danish armchair in cow hide, with back in black leather. Solid teak legs and arms.

Stephen Lazarus deals in 20th Century decorative objects and furniture incorporating Art Deco, industrial, painted furniture and a whole range of lighting. I love Stephen's stand, it's got some truely unique and interesting items


Gloria Sinclair, has been in Alfies since 1978 dealing in English and continental porcelain, objects and jewellery.

Duncan Clarke specialises in the hand woven textile traditions of West Africa and supplies distinctive vintage fabrics to major museums, decorators and private collectors. This stand is really special and well worth a visit!

Asafo flag, Fante peoples, Ghana

Peran Dachinger's Fine Art, beside Duncan Clarke's stand. Previously trading at Portobello Market, Robert came to Alfies in 1995. His stock includes 18th, 19th and 20th Century oil paintings and watercolours. Robert has an international client base comprised of interior decorators and notable private clients. He is now joined by Peran Dachinger.

Cuzco school, 20th century oil on board.

Lastly is Manley J Black, Manley specialises in unusual and decorative objects and has been in Alfies since the 1980's. His stock ranges from French Armoires to Battersea snuff boxes.

Stay tuned for the next two entries about the first floor as there are lots more dealers to follow!

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