Thursday, 17 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
"Senior Editor Natasha Poliszczuk in her vintage engagement ring (1930s, from Grays Antique Market) and wedding ring (1920s, from Berganza in Hatton Garden)."
Read the rest of the article and Easy Living Magazine's blog here.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Jewel Encrusted Snake Necklace from Linda Bee.
Vintage French Jet Beads from Alison Massey.
Contemporary Glass Necklace from Gillian Horsup
All in London
What's Happening London
Sunday, 29 November 2009
29th November 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
To mark the launch of Saturday shopping on September 19 there is a promise of a day of treats and entertainment for customers. This has been arranged in conjunction with the Patisserie Valerie chain, famed for its gateaux, and on the 19th every Grays customer will receive a complimentary Patisserie Valerie cake and iced tea.
The 200 dealers at Grays in Davies Street and Grays Mews in Davies Mews, W1, both just yards from Bond Street tube station, must feel there is now business to be done between 11am and 5pm on the day of the week when the grander Mayfair antiques emporiums put up their shutters." Antiques Trade Gazette, 12/10/09.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
6th October 2009
"You could forgive the antique dealers of Grays for being more than mildly peeved to have lost half of their weekend. Art Deco rings to be fired across the glass cabinets, the odd pewter teapot launched over the banister; all acts of understandable revenge now that this tranquil shopping quarter will be full of shoppers every Saturday, as well as during the week.
So, imagine my surprise when instead of being met with tired frowns and the smell of double strength espresso, I was welcomed to the red brick edifice with iced tea, Patisserie Valerie cakes, live music and a £10 gift voucher. That’s some kind of vigilante justice.
To launch the new Saturday opening of Grays, the two-storey antiques arcade decided to throw a party to which The London Word was kindly invited. Grays, for the uninitiated, is a very genteel shopping arcade full of independent antiques dealers selling everything from Tiffany jewellery to Louis Vuitton trunks and 1930s Bakelite hair clips in the shape of locusts. It would be all too easy to describe it as a treasure trove. So we won’t.
Situated as it is, among the elegant hotels of west London (it is mere moments from Claridges and Berkeley Square), Grays caters for a rather wealthier clientèle than many of London’s arcades (meaning that my £10 gift voucher didn’t stretch all that far), although many of the dealers do also trade at Portabello and other specialist markets.
From diamond engagement rings and silver pill boxes to lithographs and even an entire suit of armour, walking around Grays can feel more like visiting a particularly brilliant museum than a shopping centre five minutes from Oxford Street. But, unlike a museum, you can take the stuff home (purse strings allowing.)
As Elliot Lee, one of the dealers in Grays says, opening on Saturdays is a ‘no brainer’, especially as the recession seems to have made about as much of dent on their trade as a marshmallow. The arcade traditionally opened on Saturdays during the run up to Christmas, but after 31 years in the business it seems that Grays is ready to take on a weekend shift.
So, if crowd surfing across the shoulders of disorientated tourists on Oxford Street starts to wear a little thin, then why not inject a little class in to your Saturday?" Nell Frizzell, The London Word, 06/10/09.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
The Sunday Telegraph Supplement
4th October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
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Saturday, 18 July 2009
18-24 July 2009
|The Independent online|
"The 50 Best Markets. 12 - Grays Antiques Market - The winding corridors of Grays Antiques Market house stalls manned by around 200 dealers. This 200-year old terracotta Grade II listed building in Mayfair is the second of Bennie Gray’s antiques emporia. He restored this 19th-century landmark building commissioned by a plumbing manufacturer, John Bolding and Son, Thomas Crapper’s main competition. Yes, it’s an old lavatory showroom.” Lucie Gillmore, The Independent, 18/07/2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
"If you plan to pound the pavements of Oxford Street, Bond Street or Regent Street in search of special presents, take a detour to Grays Antiques Market, tucked away in a beautiful 19th-century building off South Molton Street. Split into two sections- Grays and the Mews – it is home to over 200 dealers, all experts in their fields, selling an incredible range of antiques, jewellery and collectables from train sets to vintage toys. There is also an on-site engraver, jewellery repairer and a bureau de change and, for a well-earned break, a blissfully peaceful 1950’s themed café. Established by Bennie Gray in 1977, the market is still owned by the Gray family and has recently undergone a 30th-Birthday facelift.
One of the great characters here, Evonne Muszkowska has had her stand, Evonne Antiques, at Grays for 20 years, selling antiques dating from 1880 to 1940, including photograph frames, hip flasks and, when we visited, a glass cocktail set by Hawkes, for £2500. Stand 351-353, 0207 491 0143
Anita Gray is the sister of the market’s founder Bennie Gray and a renowned expert and lecturer on oriental works of art. The Chinese and Japanese ceramics on her stand attract serious collectors and prices start at around £400. Stand 307-309, 020 7408 1638, Chinese-porcelain.com. For more oriental art, visit Bennie Grays’s brother Anthony’s stand, which has more affordable pieces, including snuff bottles dating from about 1720, form around £150. Stand H25-H28, 020 7408 1252. Chinese-porcelain-art.com
In the Mews downstairs, you’ll find Mousa’s empire. He sells Bohemian, French and English glassware dating from the 19th century. Prices range from £40 for a single glass to £25,000 for a huge Bohemian vase. Stands E14-E15, C13-C19, C24-C25, B12-B17, A23-A29, 020 7499 8273
Elliot Lee specialises in tortoiseshell, horn and ivory objects, and has everything from clocks and a cannon-shaped cigar holder to silver-rimmed tankards with elephant-tusk handles. Stand 141-143, 07792 724 091
At their Hallmark stand, Raymond and Ralph sell everything from enamel jewellery boxes to more quirky items, such as a tiny silver model of a bathing hut made in 1898 and priced at £250. They also have beautiful silver tableware from the 1930’s. Stands 319 and 356, 020 7629 8757.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE:
Upstairs in the Mews building, Biblion, 1/7 Davies Mews, W1K 5AB, 020 7629 1374. Biblion.co.uk, is a magnet for bibliophiles. This consortium of dealers sells antique books (how about a first edition by Dr Seuss or Roald Dahl?) and signed, limited edition prints and engravings by artists like David Hockney and Damien Hirst. If you budget won’t stretch that far, there are also lovely and much more affordable botanical prints.
Vintage fashion-seekers should head downstairs in the Mews building to Vintage Modes. 1/7 Davies Mews, W1K 5AB, 020 7409 0400 vintagemodes.co.uk. Like Biblion, this elegant shop is a consortium of dealers and sells clothes, bags, shoes and costume jewellery dating from the Victorian era to the 1990’s – the evening cloaks and gloves particularly caught our eye. Unlike other vintage clothes emporia, this shop smells faintly of lavender rather than moth balls, and the walls are lined with red velvet curtains." Alice Rose, Homes & Gardens, April 09