Friday, 21 November 2014

Animals in Jewellery: A Selection at Alfies

Animals have been an inspiration to artists and craftsmen for hundreds of years, and this is no different in the world of jewellery design. Animals are not only admired from an aesthetic point of view, but can also be symbolic: the butterfly and dragonfly symbolise a quiet or late blooming beauty, the lion stands for strength; the elephant wisdom and, in Ancient Egypt, the scarab beetle offered hope for rebirth.
 
The importance of the animal as a theme in jewellery has varied throughout the ages. In Victorian times, animals were particularly fashionable in jewellery and were often used as love tokens. Women would use jewelled animals and insects such as snakes, lizards, butterflies and dragonflies to adorn the lace on a hat or veil. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, on the other hand, the frog was a popular love token as it was an emblem for great fecundity.
More than anything else, when used in jewellery the animal has become a way of expressing personality and was the precursor for modern costume jewellery.
 
At Alfies many of our dealers have a fantastic selection of animal jewellery. Here are our top picks:

Selection of monkey brooches, all 1920s, silver with marcasite or paste. Zeeba Jewels - Sormeh Ouji at Alfies.

Trio of 1960s silver charms: rhino, moveable crocodile, lucky pig. All from Good Time Antiques at Alfies

1960s silver charms: 9ct penguin charm, horse family, Shi-Tzu dog. Good Time Antiques at Alfies.

1900-1930s silver and gold brooches, parrot with paste stone and goose with enamel detail. Zeeba Jewels - Sormeh Ouji at Alfies.
 
1900-1920s silver and paste lizard brooches. Zeeba Jewels - Sormeh Ouji at Alfies.




 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Party In Vintage Style

The festive season is fast approaching and it's time to decide on that special outfit for the Christmas party. Think glamour, sparkle and a touch of razzle-dazzle. At Alfies you will find a glittering selection of vintage chic evening wear that will ensure you look the belle of the ball!



A beautiful 1920s gold hand beaded evening dress. Offered by Velvet Atelier.


A gorgeous matching 1960s American gold mesh bag. Offered by Tony Durante


 
A beautifully detailed 1950s midnight blue full circle prom dress with beaded skirt. Offered by Carole Collier


An elegant 1950s diamante evening bag. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables



To complete any party outfit you need to add some sparkle, with either a statement piece of jewellery or a dazzling clutch bag. Here is just a small selection of what Alfies has to offer.



Gorgeous 1960s German pair of paste earrings. Offered by Tony Durante



Stunning 1960s Austrian silver and pink evening bag. Offered by Tony Durante



A 1950s crystal pink amethyst paste evening bag/compact case with golden interior containing a lipstick holder, mirror and card case. Offered by Tony Durante

Golden interior of the 1950s crystal pink amethyst evening compact bag

A trio of 1940s - 1950s brooches. Offered by Tony Durante

 
A stunning 1940s signed Miriam Haskell necklace and bracelet set with pearls and gilded metal. Offered by Tony Durante



 A pair of beautiful beaded and crystal 1950s Austrian evening bags with hand embroidered tapestry and limoge plaques. Offered by Carole Collier


Friday, 7 November 2014

Sneak Peek

On the first floor of Alfies at the top of the wooden staircase you will discover an exciting new shop freshly painted in cheerful yellow and brilliant white with beautiful contrasting furniture and homewares. This stand will be taken over by Nadine Okker.
  
Nadine Okker will move from unit F015 over to this bright space where she will display her luxurious collection of 18th - 20th century lighting, bronze, glass, porcelain, chairs and mirrors.

Although Nadine is currently in the process of moving, we are anticipating the final outcome. We can already see it's coming together rather nicely......  








Watch this space!

Nadine Okker
Stand F040 - 45

Contact:  
Nadine Okker
Tel: 07740 367 072 Email: nadine.dobrik@wanadoo.fr

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Allure and Power of Red

In the last month everyone has come out talking about the power of red and its historical connection to powerful people. From Vogue to the BBC, journalism and fashion are enthralled by the multitude interpretations of red. Red is associated with passion and glamour. Red stimulates energy and increases enthusiasm, it encourages confidence and action, promotes ambition and determination, it gives a sense of protection from fears and anxieties, and it even makes the colours around it more interesting. In fact Yves Saint Laurent called red the ‘colour of love, battle, death, and warmth’.


Bohemian drinking tumbler, c1890 - 1900. Offered by Nadine Okker


Deco armchair re-upholstered in red velvet, offered by Thirteen Upholstery Workshop

In a context depended world, red has a turbulent history. A monarch on the way to his or her coronation wears parliamentary robes which are red. Indian brides traditionally wear red. In ancient Rome, brides wore a veil of flame red colour over their hair that draped them completely as a deterrent to evil spirits entering the bride through a simple muslin veil.

By the fourteenth century brilliant scarlet was the most esteemed colour in Europe. In Tudor England, successive legislations were passed that governed the wearing of expensive clothing and red was one of the colours most strictly controlled. It was a case of having the status to demonstrate wealth, and since red was the most expensive of dyes both legislation and etiquette influenced its production, use and cultural associations.


1960s Harrods felt hat, offered by June Victor
 
A decorative French glass 1950s unsigned bowl, offered by Horner Antiques

1950s convex mirror, offered by Andrew Martin

Before synthetic dyes were developed red was achieved in various ways using natural products. Of those the most expensive was kermes vermilio, a dye of ancient origin made from the desiccated bodies of insects which produced a very luscious crimson. It was imported from Spain and Portugal into England and was subject to heavy import duties. Kermes dyes were replaced by Mexican cochineal following the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.

Paintings of Henry VIII portray him in his Parliament robes of velvet crimson. Those around him who had the greatest power at court could wear scarlet, while the sumptuary laws permitted a person of sufficient rank to dress their entire household in the expensive colours they were entitled to wear themselves. Red military uniforms became common up to the nineteenth century.


1960s telephone, offered by Eclectic Antiques & Contemporary

1960s lamp, offered by Good Time Antiques

Whatever the cultural and historical associations of red might be, studies show that red pills are more effective stimulants than blue pills for example. And there’s growing scientific research into colour and how it affects our minds. Human vision is trichromatic and it’s billions of years of evolution long before our ancestors had anything that resembled an eye. Colour doesn’t really exist but it’s how our eyes interpret a set of wavelengths.

Whatever the historical, scientific or social interpretations of red here at Alfies we embrace the allure and power of red with a selection of some sumptuous object just to start you thinking!
Enjoy discovering many more.


 Written by Titika Malkogeorgou



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Sherlock Holmes - The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die

This Autumn the Museum of London welcomes an exciting new exhibition, London's first major display since 1951, exploring the mind of the world's most famous fictional detective; Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. The display is open to the public from 17th October to 12th April 2015 and will investigate such questions as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why to this day, does he still hold such a fascination with audiences all across the world. Visitors will be transported to the real Victorian London through film, photography, paintings and original artifacts where guests will be able to explore the mind of London's Sherlock Holmes.

Here at Alfies we love the stories of Conan Doyle's detective and have a large variety of Victorian and Edwardian pieces that would fit perfectly amongst Holmes' mysterious world. Here is just a small selection of what's to offer;


A selection of Edwardian leather bound books and French 1900s binoculars. Offered by Travers Antiques.


1915 Pipe offered by Goldsmith & Perris


A selection of 19th century magnifying glasses by Goldsmith & Perris



A view of Attic London who specialise in Victorian and Edwardian furniture and interiors.


1880s French potion bottles, offered by Travers Antiques

1890s nose pincher spectacles offered by Good Time Antiques

A selection of vintage and antique books available from East West Antiques

A Sherlock Holmes Toby jug offered by East West Antiques

1870s antique handcuffs offered by Good Time Antiques


Asking searching questions such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still conjure up such enduring fascination, this major exhibition – London’s first on the detective since 1951 – will explore how Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature onto stage and screen and continues to attract huge audiences to this day. - See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/sherlock-holmes/#sthash.coHuQ65o.dpuf
This year the Museum of London welcomes an exciting new exhibition, delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective; Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Asking searching questions such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still conjure up such enduring fascination, this major exhibition – London’s first on the detective since 1951 – will explore how Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature onto stage and screen and continues to attract huge audiences to this day.

Going beyond film and fiction, visitors to the museum will be transported to the real Victorian London – the backdrop for many of Conan Doyle’s stories. Through early film, photography, paintings and original artefacts, the exhibition will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London, with visitors able to envisage the places that the detective visited and imagine they are standing on the pavement of the Strand watching the horse drawn traffic pass by. - See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/sherlock-holmes/#sthash.coHuQ65o.dpuf
This year the Museum of London welcomes an exciting new exhibition, delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective; Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Asking searching questions such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still conjure up such enduring fascination, this major exhibition – London’s first on the detective since 1951 – will explore how Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature onto stage and screen and continues to attract huge audiences to this day.

Going beyond film and fiction, visitors to the museum will be transported to the real Victorian London – the backdrop for many of Conan Doyle’s stories. Through early film, photography, paintings and original artefacts, the exhibition will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London, with visitors able to envisage the places that the detective visited and imagine they are standing on the pavement of the Strand watching the horse drawn traffic pass by. - See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/sherlock-holmes/#sthash.coHuQ65o.dpuf
This year the Museum of London welcomes an exciting new exhibition, delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective; Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Asking searching questions such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still conjure up such enduring fascination, this major exhibition – London’s first on the detective since 1951 – will explore how Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature onto stage and screen and continues to attract huge audiences to this day.

Going beyond film and fiction, visitors to the museum will be transported to the real Victorian London – the backdrop for many of Conan Doyle’s stories. Through early film, photography, paintings and original artefacts, the exhibition will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London, with visitors able to envisage the places that the detective visited and imagine they are standing on the pavement of the Strand watching the horse drawn traffic pass by. - See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/sherlock-holmes/#sthash.coHuQ65o.dpuf
This year the Museum of London welcomes an exciting new exhibition, delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective; Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Asking searching questions such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still conjure up such enduring fascination, this major exhibition – London’s first on the detective since 1951 – will explore how Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature onto stage and screen and continues to attract huge audiences to this day.

Going beyond film and fiction, visitors to the museum will be transported to the real Victorian London – the backdrop for many of Conan Doyle’s stories. Through early film, photography, paintings and original artefacts, the exhibition will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London, with visitors able to envisage the places that the detective visited and imagine they are standing on the pavement of the Strand watching the horse drawn traffic pass by. - See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/sherlock-holmes/#sthash.coHuQ65o.dpuf

Thursday, 9 October 2014

BFI London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival (8 - 19 October) is the UK's largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. There are also industry events, public forums, education events, lectures, masterclasses and Q&As with film-makers and film talent. View what's on here.

At Alfies you will find a great selection of vintage film related items, here's a round-up of what's on offer..

1950s French cinema seats available in rows of two or three row of three shown in the pictures, offered by Christopher Hall

A pair of chrome miniature film lights, offered by Steven Lazarus

1960s-70s Large illuminated circus 3D film show glasses advertising sign neon, offered by Eclectic Antiques & Contemporary
Original 1940s glamorous Hollywood starlet style plaster head, with designers stamp, offered by Andrew Martin
1950s original film posters, offered by Moe Heidarieh
1960s & 1970s original film posters, offered by Moe Heidarieh

A row of two 1950s French birch cinema seats with original brass number plates, offered by Christopher Hall





Friday, 26 September 2014

Dealer in the Spotlight: Attic London

Attic London have a knack for sourcing beautiful objects from all over the world such as Victorian and Edwardian furniture, French and English brass work, ornate home accessories - picture frames, lighting, chandeliers, lamps and ceramic statues. Their collection of antiques encompasses an aristocratic air and sophisticated charm.





Step inside their stand and it feels as though you have been transported to a plush drawing room from a bygone era. You will find Victorian tub chairs with gorgeous inlay and elegant carved wood frames, The Plays of William Shakespeare collection - a series of engravings from original designs of Henry Fuseli (Esq.R.A. Professor of Paintings), a selection of Explanatory and Historical Notes from the most eminent Commentators; A history of the stage, a Life of Shakespeare By Alexander Chalmers...



Attic London have always had a passion for furniture, specifically chairs, and they feel there's nothing better than coming home after a long working day and relaxing in a sumptuous chair by the fireplace with a cup of tea and a good book. They are particularly fond of a pair of Antique Victorian balloon back armchairs, with bespoke floral upholstery.

One of a pair of Antique Victorian balloon back armchairs

Attic London
First floor, Stand F050/51
Tel: 07542 602 777
atticlondon@gmail.com


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