Thursday, 22 September 2016

Ceramics in the City

Today marks the start of the annual event Ceramics in the City which is held at the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch. Now in its 14th year, the event will exhibit, promote and sell works from a diverse range of artists.

This year 54 potters will be showcasing their work along with demonstrations and craft activities. Ceramics in the City is also one of the events that makes up The London Design Festival which itself runs from 17th-25th September.

Ceramics in the City runs from Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th September with an open evening taking place on Thursday 22nd September 6pm-8.30.

With this in mind, we took a look around for all the little ceramic treasures hiding away in Alfies.

Ceramic vase, offered by Andy Powell

Ceramic vase, offered by Keith Spicer

Ceramic Vase, offered by Beth 

Ceramic vase, offered by Renato

Ceramic water set, offered by The Moderns

Ceramic vase, offered by Keith Spicer

Ceramic nut dish, offered by Beth

Ceramic vase, offered by Renato

Thursday, 15 September 2016

London Fashion Week

September is a time to re-evaluate your wardrobe and curate your autumn outfits, if you're after a stand out piece to take you through the season then Alfies is the perfect spot to begin your quest. With September's London Fashion Week kicking off tomorrow, and running until 20 September, you need to be belle of the ball!

Taking inspiration from the Autumn/Winter 2016 fashion forecast, we found lots of key trends at Alfies... 

Stripes: Vintage lame jacket, available from Tin Tin Collectables

Stripes / Granny Chic: Lili Ann Suit, available from Tin Tin Collectables

Velvet / Gothic: Devoré dress, available from Tin Tin Collectables

Velvet: 1960s burgundy coat dress, available from Carole Collier

Gothic / Velvet / 1980s: Devoré burgundy/black dress, from Carole Collier

Velvet: Orange lined velvet dress, from June Victor
Velvet: 1920s velvet dress, offered by June Victor

Stripes: Italian chiffon designer dress, available from June Victor

Stripes: Brown brocade 1950s dress, available from June Victor

Thursday, 8 September 2016

#AlfiesTurns40: Antiques Young Guns Church Street Pop-Up

If you haven't already heard - we are celebrating our 40th anniversary this month in conjunction with the London Design Festival! We are very excited about the series of events we have lined up, kicking off on the 20th and running until 24th September. Not only will we have a residency from Peter Layton's London Glassblowing, and talks from antiques expert Mark Hill and established vintage fashion dealer Leslie Verrinder of Tin Tin Collectables, not to mention an upholstery demonstration from Thirteen Upholstery Workshop, we are also pleased to welcome the Antiques Young Guns collective, who will be taking over the magnificent space at 35-37 Church Street with their pop-up shop.

With several of the shops on Church Street having started from stalls within Alfies, the Alfies and Church Street area has a lot to offer to antique and design lovers and should be considered as a must visit destination!

Expect to find a myriad of covetable objects from the following AYG dealers:

• Lily Johnston of Bombe Antiques -
• Matthew Wise of Cubbit Antiques -
• Edd Thomas of Eddintheclouds Antiques -
• Jason Clarke of Jason Clarke Antiques -
• Stephanie Connell of Stepannie Connell Art & Antiques  -
• Eddy Toshi Ishikawa Wertheim of The Japanese Gallery -
• Jon Irvine of Jon Irvine Antiques -

To give you a little taster of what you might find in the Antiques Young Guns pop-up shop, here's some of our favourite objects from each dealer:

19th century marginal mirror from Bombe Interiors

David Klein (1918-2005): An original TWA London travel poster, 1960s, from Stephanie Connell

Pair of Stilnovo style pendant lights - Cubitt Antiques

Photo album produced c1900 with wooden covers coated with black lacquer, from The Japanese Gallery

Thomas Webb cut glass decanter set, from Jon Irvine Antiques

Thonet Bentwood rocking chair No.4, from Edd in the Clouds

Victorian aesthetic movement duet piano stool, from Jason Clarke Antiques

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event which takes place every August, with this year marking its 50th anniversary. The event was born out of the indoor carnivals that came to London in 1959 which were used to celebrate the culture of the Caribbean immigrants who arrived in the UK after the war, the first of which took place at St. Pancras Town Hall and was televised by the BBC.

These events eventually grew and spilled out into the streets of London, becoming a celebration for all nationalities, until musician Russ Henderson and his steel band were invited to perform at the 1966 carnival, culminating in the band leading a spontaneous march through the streets of Notting Hill with crowds of people following, thus inspiring the carnival we know today. The carnival has now become the largest street festival in Europe where people from all over come together and celebrate what is Londons now hugely multicultural society.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016 is a free event and will take place on August 28th to August 29th from 10am-8.30pm. We think it's the perfect way to celebrate the bank holiday weekend and soak up the last of the Summer.

With the carnival spirit running through us, we took a look around Alfies for some flamboyant pieces.

Beaded necklace. Offered by Tony Durante

Floral design hand fan. Offered by Eclectic Antiques & Contemporary
Beaded necklace. Offered by Tony Durante
Feathered headpiece. Offered by Eclectic Antiques & Contemporary

Embroidered waistcoat. Offered by June Victor

Friday, 19 August 2016

Birthstone of August: Peridot

The peridot is a lustrous yellowish-green gem that is not as commonly worn as some other birthstones. For this reason, many people are curious about this underated gemstone when they begin a search for peridot gifts, for those born in August. 

In ancient times, Egypt was the primary source of the peridot, called the ‘Gem of the Sun.' The Egyptians were extremely fascinated with the stone, and they were made into Talisman to ward off evil. Interestingly, the gemstones worn by Queen Cleopatra were not emeralds as it was widely believed, but actually the peridot.

While all peridots are green, it is found in different shades spanning from pale green, olive-green to even bright lime. The most expensive Peridots are sparkling lime-green without brown or yellow hues.  

Below are our top peridot picks at Alfies...

1940s 14k gold ring, available from Pars Jewellery
9kt yellow gold ring, c1960s, available from Pars Jewellery
Peridot & diamond 18kt gold ring, c1920s, offered by Naneen Brooks
Russian 14k gold ring and earring set, with peridot, blue topaz and amethyst, c1960s, available from Pars Jewellery
9kt gold peridot & amethyst pendant, c1920s, available from Naneen Brooks

Thursday, 11 August 2016

‪‎Afternoon Tea Week‬

Did you know that this week is ‪‎afternoon tea week‬? What better excuse for a scone! From 8 - 14 August, people throughout the UK will be celebrating one of the nation's favourite pastimes. Afternoon tea was first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. As the Duchess served dinner late, around 8pm, she would become hungry in the afternoon and began to take tea and a light snack around 4pm, to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. It was when she started to invite friends to join her, that this became a trend in fashionable households.

The Roof Top Kitchen at Alfies serves a fantastic afternoon tea, which consists of a selection of sandwich fingers, cakes, scones, clotted cream and homemade jam, plus a pot of tea of your choice. The roof top terrace couldn't be more pleasant spot to enjoy this in the summer months.

Scones and cakes from the Roof Top Kitchen

The Roof Top Kitchen terrace

To celebrate this week long celebration of tea, we're launching a competition to win a decadent Champagne Afternoon Tea for two at the luxurious Landmark Hotel, London, based just around the corner from Alfies. See our Facebook page for details on how to enter.

Alfies has a whole host of wonderful antique and vintage tea ware, from cups and saucers, to teapots, strainers and cake stands. Here are a few of our favourites:

Antique silver cake stand, c1910. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver serving tongs. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver tea strainer. From Goldsmith & Perris

Antique silver sugar spoon. From Goldsmith & Perris

Hulkin & Heath antique silver teapot, 1890. From Goldsmith & Perris
Conran 'Nature Study' stylecraft saucer, 1950s. From Robinson Antiques

Conran 'Nature Study' stylecraft cup and saucer, 1950s. From Robinson Antiques

Jadeite milk jug and matching cup and saucer, more available. From Robinson Antiques
A selection of teacups available from Beth

Vintage reproduction of  a Wedgewood early Victorian tea set. From W & L Antiques

Friday, 5 August 2016

Summer Olympics: Rio 2016

The games of the XXXI Olympiad were awarded to Rio in 2009, which will be the first South American city to ever host the summer games. The Olympic games kick off today and will run until 21 August. 306 gold medals will be given to athletes competing in more than 40 events.

Keeping the Olympics in mind, we took a look around Alfies and came across a selection of sporty themed items.

Bronze & marble 1940s statue of a basketball player, Commonwealth Games, offered by Good Time Antiques

1960s Sabre by Leon Paul, offered by John Cserny

1960s Slazenger racket, offeed by Paola & Iaia - The Originals

1950s Sports themed jigsaw puzzle, by Waddington, offered by Paola & Iaia - The Originals 

English Sports and Pastimes, 1949, by Christina Hole, offered by Paola & Iaia - The Originals

1930s print "The Volleyers" by H. M. Bateman, from Moe Heidarieh

Victorian cyclist print, offered by Moe Heidarieh

Golf Ball match striker with silver rim and golf sticks, offered by Goldsmith & Perris

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