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Tony Lolic

Restorative artist and Caning

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Working from his studio at the Williams Mill, Tony Lolic is one of only a few hand weavers in Canada, professionally engaged in the conservation and restoration of cane, wicker and rush furniture.

Tony was originally introduced to this art by his wife Vicki, who had learned it from her parents. In 1996, while Tony was appearing as a guest exhibitor in Mary Sutherland's Antique Show and Sale, he caught the attention of Jill Kantor, an associate with Toronto's Horsefeather's Antiques. This became his introduction to the Toronto market and his business was born.

Tony's major interest lies in the restoration and conservation of 18th and 19th century English and French caned furniture. He continues to consider himself a "professional student" spending time researching, rediscovering, documenting and photographing age-old weave techniques. His work ranges from simple Canadian pieces to elaborate Louis IVX headboards and footboards.

He has taped television segments for CTV's Homestyle program, Sarah Richardson HGTV and authoured cane and wicker articles for Toronto's Antique & Collectibles Trader magazine.

Ebony Side Chair circa 1800 India or Pakistan origin, Hand Woven 6-Way Pattern Using 225mm Strand Cane, Private Collection

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