Friday, 11 April 2014

Easter Inspiration

Easter is just around the corner, we can not avoid the usual abundance of chocolate eggs and merchandise that emerge every year, but at Alfies you will find an alternative and unique selection of items that have inspired us this Easter.

1950s Seguso Murano Gold Leaf Casa, offered by Robinson Antiques

Easter bonnet with original bow, c1930s, offered by Carole Collier

Egg cruet set, c1905, offered by Goldsmith & Perris

A selection of Limoges trinket eggs, offered by Hayman & Hayman


18th April, Good Friday – Bank Holiday – CLOSED
19th April, Saturday – OPEN
20th April, Sunday – CLOSED AS USUAL
21st April, Easter Monday – CLOSED


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Door Handles

Who would think door handles would be considered an object of beauty? The entry door handles designed between the 1930s to the 1970s were particularly eye catching and sculptured.

The following door handles are a selection offered by The Moderns.

1950s Italian Pair of Door Handles - Bronze cast, brass and hammered black steel

1970s Bronze Door Handle - Rectangular shaped handle with an expressive abstract surface

1950s Italian Pair of Door Handles - Abstract design door handles assembled in Bronze cast, brass and hammered black steel

Art Deco Door Handles - Door handles with a cascading geometric design. Cast in brass, attached by a copper tubular hand grip in the middle

1970s Bronze Oval Door Handle - Bronze cast with mottled surface texture

1950s Organic Brass Door Handles - A pair of free form artistic door handles with a honey comb effect

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

Continental, Art Deco dew decanter and stopper, offered by Beth

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.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014

The eagerly awaited confirmation of the Antiques Young Gun of the Year awards 2014 can now be revealed! The team behind this fast growing and now very high profile movement, designed to promote members of the antiques trade, aged 39 and under, George Johnson, Mark Hill and editor of Antiques News and Fairs Gail McLeod, are delighted to announce that the awards ceremony and party will take place on Friday 4 July 2014 and will be hosted here at Alfies Antiques Market!

Winner – The Antiques Young Gun 2013 – Timothy Medhurst.
From left: Organiser George Johnson, celebrity designer Nicky Haslam, Timothy Medhurst, Mark Hill

We are delighted to be hosting the awards this year and fully support the campaign. Last year we welcomed Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie to Alfies for two months as part of the special Judge's Prize.  

Bennie Gray - who opened Alfies in 1976 - told Antiques News & Fairs: "These days the politicians are all saying it’s the entrepreneurial spirit that will save our economy. Which I think is true - of course the antiques trade has always been one of the most fertile breeding grounds for entrepreneurs, especially those with a fine eye for design. So it is a great privilege and a great pleasure for our antique markets to welcome and support the Young Guns. We wish them well.”
The awards ceremony and party will take place in the Rooftop Kitchen when the organisers will announce not only the winners and runners up but also which winning Young Gun will be matched with which of the twelve mentors, aka Antiques Heavy Artillery.

The names of the Antiques Heavy Artillery will be announced at the party to celebrate the 25th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair on Thursday 6 March 2014.

This group of twelve has been drawn from the most experienced and well known members of the trade across all sectors, aged 40 and over, and each has agreed to donate at least three days of their time over a twelve month period, from 4 July, to mentor one winning Antiques Young Gun.

Details of the prize package and how to get involved will be released at The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair.

Visit the Antique Young Guns website and follow the updates at:

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Pretty Pastels

Alfies is a vintage fashion destination for those in the know. Past trends that are currently enjoying a revival can usually be found in our vintage fashion dealers stands. Spring/Summer 2014 is all about icy pastels, muted blush and pretty pink. We spotted a few dresses in Alfies that wouldn't look out of place on the catwalk.

1930s Silk handmade nightdress offered by Carole Collier

1920's/30's Chiffon dress offered by Carole Collier

Silk handstitched nightdress offered by Carole Collier

Lace couture dress by Mignon, Paris/New York offered by Velvet Atelier

1930s silk satin evening gown offered by Tin Tin Collectables

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year is on the 31st of January and 2014 is the Year of the Horse. It is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and speedy success.

Why not treat yourself to a horse keepsake to welcome in the New Year. Here's a selection of horses (and horse themed items) we spotted around Alfies:

Vintage brooch offered by The Originals
"Horses of Britain" book, from the "Britain in Picture" series from 1941 onwards. Offered by The Originals.
1950s Celluloid horse shoe horn, Japan. Offered by Carole Collier

Vintage horse brooch offered by Carole Collier

1930s Oil painting, jumping horses. Offered by Peran Dachinger's Fine Art

Mid Century Vase, West Germany. Offered by Robinson's Antiques

Victorian silver brooches. Offered by Naneen Brooks
Classic Gucci horsebit design, 18ct yellow gold. Offered by Gareth Brooks

18ct Tie pin depicting a racehorse, Essex crystal. c1900. Offered by Kieron Rielly.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Propaganda Scarves

During World War II, there existed a particularly visually rich tradition of propaganda scarves, created for the benefit of an army. These scarves, depicting militaristic iconography, patriotic flags and maps, were then sold to profit the war effort, simultaneously creating a new class of fashion and very loaded 'conversation’ prints. 

Jacqmar of London made propaganda scarves from 1940-1945.

Leslie of Tin Tin Collectables talks us through his collection of Jacqmar propaganda scarves available at his shop: 

"This jolly scarf could easily be looked over as a piece of propaganda - in fact it is encouraging you to listen to a radio programme called 'Music While You Work' a rather up beat radio show which was meant to cheer up munitions workers during their shift."

"This is a military one, and one of the earliest produced - it featured the logo ‘INTO BATTLE’ and had all the military regimental crests fitted into a large brunswick star. It is on hop sack rayon."

"When America joined the conflict this 8th Army scarf was produced as a sweetheart keepsake - this example is on rayon."

"A really clever piece of subtle propaganda. The war office approached Jacqmar to produce a series of scarves which subtly ‘bigged up’ the French - this one promotes the wonderful art connected with French painters (there is a Spaniard and a Dutch man thrown in for good measure). This example is on rayon hopsack."

"The British Restuarant was a canteen set up to provide a hot meal for families who were bombed out - the food was extremely basic, perhaps corn beef hash, boiled beef & carrots etc and the canteen suffered form a rather bad image. The war office were already working with Jacqmar and asked Arnold Lever to come with an idea to promote the restaurant to a better profile. The scarf which looks like a table cloth from a bistro has the names of Londons finest eateries written round the edges…. Mirabelles, The Ritz, LaGavroche,The Savoy Grill…… and tucked in amongst them……The British Restaurant! This example is on silk."

"The second of the military scarves prompting the Combined Operations initiative, again this is on hopsack."

"Although most propaganda scarves are pretty rare - this is the rarest of all, this is only the second of these I’ve come across in 20 years! It’s called The London Wall and depicts a brick wall with bill posters with all the popular sayings of the war…Lend to Defend the right to be free……Careless talk costs lives…etc. This example is on silk."

"Another rarity from the home front stable is JACQMAR PRESENTS. This brightly coloured scarf has a multitude of catch phrases which were from popular BBC radio programmes - Television was still a bit of a non starter so the population ‘listened in’ on radio sets and many German propaganda stations existed, like Lord Haw Haw William Joyce whose catch phrase is seen here - Germany Calling! - the scarves message was to encourage everyone to only ‘listen in’ to the BBC."

"This is the first of the home front scarves and depicts Winston Churchill with various quotes from some of his speeches - this example is on rayon."

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