Thursday, 14 October 2010


This week sees the opening of the 3rd Exhibition from The Museum of Everything (a display of Sir Peter Blake’s private collection of art curious) as well as ‘Things’, a call to update Henry Wellcome’s curious collection at The Wellcome Collection. Essentially this is a week that highlights our obsession to collect, hoard and display items of personal interest.

Alfies is in itself a hand picked collection of dealers with an eclectic range of stock, but here are a couple of dealers with some very specific collections: Georgina Hayman from Hayman & Hayman
(Stand G052-53) offers an enormous selection of antique photo frames ranging from the 1850s through to the 1950s, with a wall dedicated to hanging frames. Georgina also has a fantastic collection of Limoges boxes and perfume bottles.

Views from within Georgina's stand

Magna Carta Antiques shop (Stand F050/51) is dedicated to a very unusual and vast array of inkwells, with many dating back to the late 1890’s.

A selection of items from within Bernard Barkoff's shop

An early 20th century glass inkwell with silver overlay. Circa 1900

There is something that is so exciting about wandering through corridors of other peoples collections, of what has been of interest to them and what you can tell about a person from what they collect. As you wander through Alfies it can be constantly tempting to add to your own collections as much as it is intriguing to delve into others.

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