Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Five 0 Seven is Antiques Heaven

Five O Seven Antiques may be one of the best kept secret in Toronto's designer lexicon. Established in 1989 and now housed on Caroll Street near the old Don Jail, Five O Seven's 35,000 sq. ft showroom has the largest collection of 18th and 19th century European antiques in downtown TO, complete with knowledgeable and congenial staff to help you navigate the overwhelming selection.


Walking downstairs into the massive warehouse you can never quite be prepared for what awaits. Rows and rows of antiques - some in pristine condition, others in need of a facelift -  are stacked on top of each other with a bevy of glittering crystal chandeliers lighting the way. Large armoires, charming accent tables, wooden headboards, delectable benches, silk-covered sofas, warm wooden dining tables, gigantic mirrors and more are an antique enthusiast's dream, almost like Toronto's very own local 1st Dibs!


As if the massive main floor selection isn't enough to want to make you move in for a few days and explore,  there is an upstairs section with even more pieces to examine.

Here are some of my favourite picks:


19th century carved recamier caned bench, $4,600


19th century watercolours of furniture


20th Century Baker Maple Oval Side Table, $2,800


19th century pair of fruitwood directoire armchairs, $9,800


Painted Italian Setee, $5,800


19th century Sheraton walnut secretaire, $12,500


Pair of regency style marble-topped end tables, $2,200


Carved and painted stool, $3,800

imageIn addition to selling gorgeous antiques, Five O Seven also employs three full time antique restorers on staff to tend to damaged or worn out pieces, plus they offer evaluation services of your already existing antique collection, should you need appraisals for insurance or other purposes.

They're a member of Canadian Antique Dealers Association (CADA) and they have a cute tortie cat hanging out to boot, so check out Five O Seven for yourself to see the antiques glory for yourself!

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