Thursday, 21 July 2011

Vintage Photography

You might remember our blog from the 16th of February where I introduced Vivian Maier's photography to you, now I have had a chance to finally see some of her work in an exhibition in London. Vivian Maier: A Life Uncovered is part of the London Street Photography Festival which runs throughout July. Be quick to catch this great exhibition at the stunning German Gymnasium in Kings Cross as it ends Sunday, 24 July.

And once again I have felt inspired to search Alfies for items I feel relate to the life of Vivian Maier in particular, and photography in general.


Vintage shoes and bag offered by Carole Collier

Vintage cameras and children's books offered by new dealer Philip Startup/unit S013

Art Deco frames offered by Renato

Antique photo frames available from Hayman & Hayman

1950's metal frame and 1920's frame with green velvet, 1930's uranium glass dressing table set available at W & L Antiques

Vintage photo frames available at Louise Verber Antiques

Vintage photography postcards and pin-up prints available at The Girl Can't Help It

Late 1960's Zeta magazines available at Anouska Hunter Antiques

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tea Time!

'Dainty Afternoon Tea Poster', ca.1935. From Dodo.

As far as great British customs go, drinking tea surely must be one of the greatest. A cuppa for breakfast, another with the afternoon scone, always one or two in between and certainly one to finish off the long working day. At Alfies this week we had a look around to find those items - dried leaves to the side - that help Britain's love for tea stand the test of time and feed the long loving tradition!

From beautiful flowery sets...

Carlton Ware 'Tea for Two' Set. From W&L Antiques

Susie Cooper for Wedgewood Cornpoppy design set, 1974. From Daumieres.

Japanese high grade silver 4 piece set. From Janes Antiques.

...over pieces for that special time alone...

Very rare tea bowl and saucer, Worcester ca 1755. From Janes Antiques. stunning tea pots!

Very rare silver teapot by Peter and Jonathon Bateman. From Janes Antiques.

Not to forget the wonderful range of 'tea accessoires' one can indulge in, such as this great selection of tea cosies including Victorian silk, patchwork, velvet and beadwork cosies dating as far back as 1860.

Tea Coosie Selection. From June Victor.

And for the truly devoted to which the simple pleasures of a colourful warm pot are not enough, we also found some extraordinary pieces to highten the mood!

Victorian Spoon Warmer by William Hutton. From Goldsmith & Perris.

Old Shell Biscuit Box by Fenton Brothers. From Goldsmith & Perris.

Enjoy your tea!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Why Have One When You Can Have Two?

Many of the best things come in pairs: victoria sponge and a nice cup of tea, pick and mix, strawberries and cream, birds and bees, Thema and Louise, gin and tonic, cheese and chutney, fish and chips and so many more!

Alfies is full to the brim of great pairs! Here are just a few to get you started:

Pair of Orrefors Table Lamps. From Travers Antiques.

Pair of Early 20th C Sapphire and Diamond Earrings. From Sheila Cameron.

Pair of 1960s Italian Gilt Pineapples. From Biis Century

Pair of Original Jet Tassles. From June Victor.

A pair of unusual Staffordshire spotted dogs. c1890. From Gloria Sinclair.

Pair of 1950s/60s Chairs Re-Upholstered in Blue Wool. From Thirteen Interiors

Pair of 1940s Suede Poodle Slingback Shoes. From The Girl Can't Help It.
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