Thursday, 3 September 2009

First Floor in Alfies: Part Two

Continuing our exploration of the first floor, we are moving onto some more very interesting dealers. Firstly is Bent Ply (F040-45), Bruna buys and sells avant garde furniture from the 20th Century by architects and designers such as Alvar Aalto, Gerald Summers, Marcel Breuer, Betty Joel, Gio Ponti and Hans Wegner.

Beside Bent Ply is Dimech (F046-49) with a vast range of collectables and a big emphasis on fine art, there are some great paintings here. There is also a range of other items from sets of Babycham glasses to a Mickey Mouse alarm clock.

Then we come along to the horse-shoe section of the floor that houses four dealers, the first being Louise Verber Antiques(F070). Louise has a very attractive stand with an amazing collection of Art Deco picture frames (see picture below).

Next is Travers Antiques (F080-82). Paula and Ken started their business in nearby Bell Street the same year that Alfies opened. In 1989 they opened Travers Antiques here at Alfies. Their stock includes mainly 19th and 20th Century decorative furniture, mirrors and lighting including Art Deco and industrial metal pieces.

Dodo,(F071-72) is one of the most unique and interesting stalls in Alfies is a visual delight. Liz Farrow deals in posters, advertising signs, labels, tins and show cards. Her stock includes mainly British, French, Italian and Spanish posters from 1920s to 1930s on food and drink, travel, sport, entertainment, smoking products, cigar, crate and cracker bolt labels, tins and some packaging.

Lastly is Christopher Hall (F077-78), who sells furniture and decorative objects, mostly French, from the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Silver and carrera marble Portuguese lawyers inkwell

Keep following Alfies Blog for Part Three of the in-depth look at the first floor!

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