Thursday, 19 July 2012

Victorian Sporting Plaques

Are you gearing up for the Olympics? If you're in the sporty mood, at Alfies you will find lots of sports related antiques. This is just one example..

These are Victorian bronze sporting plaques, c1890. They were displayed in a gentleman's club games room. The nineteenth century was the age of clubs, each with its own building resembling a stately mansion where gentlemen smoked, drank, ate, read (in libraries or news rooms), gambled, played billiards, and socialized among their peers.

Each plaque depicts a sporting scene.



Horse Racing

Available from Good Time Antiques
Stand F057/58 & F052/53.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Bastille Day - Saturday 14th July

It's Bastille Day on Saturday!  French National Day or La FĂȘte Nationale, as it's called officially, is celebrated each year on the 14th July.  Held on the anniversary of the 1788 storming of the Bastille fortress it symbolises the uprising of the modern nation and celebrates the start of the French Revolution.  Festivities are traditionally held all over France and we thought we would join in and show you some of the ever popular, stylish French antiques to be found at Alfies.

French Brass and Bamboo Floor Lamp. From Lorna Lee Leslie.

French 1930s Beaded Bag. From Tony Durante.

1940/50s French Mirror. From Louise Verber Antiques.

French 1920s Onyx and Diamond Cufflinks. From Kieron Reilly.

Pair of French Vases £550. From Gloria Sinclair.

French 'Mocodile' Trunk. c1910. From Tin Tin Collectables.

Pair of French Lounge Chairs.

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