Friday, 28 March 2014

Mother's Day: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Your mother deserves the best and we know how difficult it can be to find an impeccable gift for her. If you're still searching for that perfect item you still have a couple of days left to do so. A trip to Alfies will put your mind at ease as we have a wide selection of items to suit every mother.

The following is a hand-picked selection of gift ideas...

For the Animal Lover

Herend red sitting cat, offered by W & L Antiques

A set of 1930s dog buttons, offered by Carole Collier

A 1950s studio pottery vase, offered by Manderley

For the Jewelley & Accessories Lover

A selection of silver bangles in a variety of styles, periods and prices, offered by Naneen Brooks

A range of original jade jewellery, offered by Zeeba Jewels

 Scarf slide, set with coral in the form of a buckle, offered by Gareth Brooks

For the Ceramics Lover

Midwinter 'Marguerite' coffee pot, 1958, offered by Robinson Antiques

Worcester 'Fan' pattern tea cup & saucer, Japan c1770, offered by Janes Antiques

Chinese patterned blue and white vase, offered by Horner Antiques

For Perfume Lovers

Crystal scent bottle. London 1886, offered by Goldsmith & Perris

Art Deco perfume bottle, offered by Hayman & Hayman

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Newly Open: Nadine Okker

Stand F015 on the first floor has a new occupant, Nadine Okker, who specialises in porcelain and glass. This is not Nadine's first time at Alfies however. Her first appearance as an antique dealer here was in 1978.

We asked Nadine a few questions...

Please tell us about yourself and your business.
I've been dealing since 1978 at Alfies, Grays and later in Camden Passage. I've always dealt in porcelain and glass, later on I expanded to inlcude bronzes, lighting and mirrors.

What first interested you in antiques?
My mother was an antique dealer, so I was used to going on buying trips with her, and helping her out in her shop.

Why did you start dealing in porcelain and glass?
It was a natural thing, as I followed in my Mother's footsteps.

Nadine Okker
Stand: F015 at Alfies Antique Market

Friday, 7 March 2014

Furniture for Modern Lovers

Re-issued Wire Collection by Pastoe

Design Sect at Alfies have become one of the few stockists in the UK to offer pieces from the recently re-issued 1950s Wire Collection by Pastoe.  Designed by Cees Braakman these elegant and functional chairs fit perfectly in a modern setting.  Design Sect also specialise in harder to find original pieces by the Dutch designer.  Mid-century collectors can find Design Sect on the top floor at Alfies.  

At the end of March Design Sect will create a dedicated space to exhibit the Wire Collection alongside some original Cees Braakman pieces.

Here are a few of our favourite Braakman pieces, currently in stock:

1950s hairpin-leg desk by Cees Braakman for Pastoe.
1950s teak DU02 sideboard by Cees Braakman for Pastoe

Magazine racks in beech and teak by Cees Braakman - teak model is sold.

Birch EB04 desk by Cees Braakman for Pastoe (coming soon!)

Design Sect based on the top floor offer a diverse collection of original furniture, lighting and accessories from the 20th century; focusing on Dutch and Belgian design.  Plan your visit here.
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