Further to Thursday’s post about Old Fashioned Restoration, proprietor Emanuel Calleja isn’t just a master furniture restorer, he’s also a dealer with a great eye who does the bulk of his picking on annual European buying trips. The cost of trans-Atlantic shipping means this is no bargain basement, but if you’re in the market for high-quality vintage and antique pieces, 3068 Dundas Street West should be on your shopping itinerary.
Although Calleja has a number of very fine antiques — his spectacular Italian marquetry bedroom set, circa 1870, was featured on the Antiques Roadshow — the dealer has a particular taste for early 20th century furnishings and lighting, especially art deco.
And it’s the lighting that I covet the most. If I was a little more flush with cash both of the fixtures below would already be at home with me. The bumpy, clear glass pendant looks like a giant ice cube: French, likely from the 1940s, it’s substantial and in my opinion, spectacular. Priced at $650, it’s excellent value for the quality. I also yearn for the shallow, yellow and white glass saucer ($550) simply because it would look so great in a room with my canary-coloured daybed.
The three-legged walnut table, below left, is also French from the ’40s ($520) and the 1950s folding shelf/tray stand is $350.
Because he’s such a talented restorer all of Calleja’s furnishings are in great nick but he’s also careful to preserve a piece’s patina. It’s a delicate balance but when you’ve worked with wood for as long as Emanuel has, you get pretty good at knowing where to stop. Drop in and pay him a visit.