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The Vintage Guide To London | October 23, 2017

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A Day of Antiques: Looking Beyond the Trade at Grays

A Day of Antiques: Looking Beyond the Trade at Grays

To celebrate the summer, and a month of many antiques fairs, London institution Grays in Mayfair is holding a series of talks in upstairs event space The Music Room.

Spanning subjects across the arts, antiques and collecting sphere, speakers will include owner of Grays (and sister centre Alfies Antiques in Marylebone) Bennie Gray, BBC 2 Collectaholics favourite Mark Hill – based in the Mews at Grays – and jewellery expert Andrew Prince.

With an array of respected guests speaking on a range of topics, there promises to be something for everyone. Tickets are priced at £10, with a discount for multiple purchases, and the 45-minute talks will run throughout the day.

Whether you want to use your lunch break to learn something new, or benefit from the advice of our experts on investing in an antique or piece of jewellery to cherish, come and soak up the history and beauty of Grays Antiques.

Monday 15th June 2015

11am: ‘Luxury: Between Opulence and Minimalism’, Professor Giorgio Riello (Professor at Warwick University and curator of V&A exhibition ‘What is Luxury?’)

12pm: ‘From Downton to Gatsby, Jewellery and Fashion from 1890 to 1929’, Andrew Prince ( jewellery expert, designer and speaker)

1pm: ‘Undressing Antiques’, Mark Hill (antiques expert, author and broadcaster)

2pm: ‘Antiques: Looking to the future’, Bennie Gray

3pm: ‘How London’s heritage brands contributed to the war effort’ with Q&A, Penelope Sacorafou (Fox and Squirrel Walking Tours) and Caroline Groves (bespoke shoe and handbag designer)

4pm: ‘Post-War Rye Pottery: History and Collecting’, Elisabeth Bogdan (Sotheby’s course leader, decorative art and design)

5pm: ‘Contemporary Chinese Print-Making’, Dr Anne Farrer (Sotheby’s programme director, East Asian Arts)

Price: £10 per talk, £18 for two or £25 for three
Duration: 45 minutes