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Louis Wine Ltd., Toronto based specialists in
Antique Silver, Antique Jewellery and
Decorative Arts, is a fourth generation family
Until opening in Canada in 1982, the firm was
based in Ireland. The Wine family's roots in
Ireland go back to 1879 when Solomon Wine,
the present owner's great-great grand-father,
and Louis Wine, the founder of the Company
immigrated from Russian held Lithuania.
Louis Wine (1865-1946) founded the Company in 1880. Louis Wine began
catering to collectors in Dublin from a shop in historic Wellington Quay. Later
in 1908, he took over an existing location in Dublin's fashionable Grafton Street
and renamed it Louis Wine Ltd. To the firm, came the worlds leading silver
collectors seeking advice and additions to their collections.
The firm became a legend in Ireland on Grafton Street until 1981, when the
growing international nature of the business, coupled with the family's optimism
about our future in North America led us to relocate to Toronto. The gallery is
now located on Toronto's prestigious Yorkville.
The international thrust and outlook was first put into practice by Louis Wine's
son, Harry, (1892-1969). Under him, the firm's renown extended overseas, when
during the 1950's some of its finest stock was regularly exhibited by invitation in
New York, Wilmington Delaware and elsewhere in the U.S.A.
Clients included William Randolph Hearst, Their Highnesses Prince Ranier and
the late Princess Grace of Monaco, the Getty and duPont families, Heads of
State, Prime Ministers as well as many museums and foreign governments.
Today, we continue our emphasis throughout North America with regular
participation at shows in Toronto, New York, Chicago and Washington. Even
in a business so closely linked with history, such continuity is rare. Now, with
the fourth generation, Louis Wine Ltd has brought the full weight of our
knowledge and experience to the North American market.
Our Toronto gallery, at 150 Cumberland Street (Yorkville), has constantly on
display a full range of fine period silver, old Sheffield and plated metal wares,
antique jewellery from the 18th century to the early 20th century.
Full appraisals, repairs and restoration services are also provided.
Commission purchases undertaken.
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