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WHO: Cham­pagne dit Lam­bert An­tiques. WHERE: 1130 Bank Street, Ottawa. Tel: 613-730-1181, www.cham­pagned­it­lam­ WHAT: Fine-qual­ity Ge­or­gian fur­ni­ture and sil­ver; Amer­i­can Fed­eral fur­ni­ture; lamps; and Royal Crown Derby porce­lain all dis­played in an at­mos­phere of quiet es­tab­lish­ment so­phis­ti­ca­tion. STYLE: Gen­tle­manly, dis­creet, clas­sic, sparkling an­tiques, sil­ver and glass­ware, ob­jets d’art. BEST BUYS: Stock is ever-chang­ing, but cur­rent high­lights in­clude a pe­tite 1870s Tif­fany car­riage clock and a set of eight im­por­tant Re­gency ma­hogany chairs with two carvers, dat­ing from the early-nine­teenth cen­tury. THE GOODS: So sim­ple. This is Ottawa’s premier an­tiques store with some of the re­gion’s most elite names as clients. Cham­pagne dit Lam­bert sells fine-qual­ity Ge­or­gian fur­ni­ture, sil­ver and more mod­ern ob­jets d’art in good taste. It’s a great place to find a wed­ding or an­niver­sary present. This is the store you visit when you’re looking for some­thing spe­cific and when bud­get isn’t an is­sue. Ex­cep­tional qual­ity that is hun­dreds of years old comes at a cer­tain price and Peter McGre­gor says, “We’ll find any­thing you are looking for – we don’t sell cracked, chipped or dam­aged.” For any­thing that’s slightly less than per­fect, or too mod­ern for the main store, there’s the ware­house down­stairs that sells a se­lec­tion of more mod­ern, retro and coun­try fur­ni­ture at great prices. OWN­ERS: An­dre Cham­pagne, orig­i­nally from Que­bec city, and Peter McGre­gor from Montreal, opened the store in 1991. Cham­pagne’s pas­sion is sil­ver and lamps – he de­signs lamp­shades and has them made – while McGre­gor’s strength is fur­ni­ture and eigh­teenth-cen­tury Derby porce­lain. Both love what they do. “It’s very so­cial and peo­ple who are in an­tiques are very civ­i­lized,” says McGre­gor, who adds that Ottawa is a good place for an an­tique shop, “Be­cause it’s a diplo­matic town – peo­ple bring things and leave things, and there are also col­lec­tors with a fab­u­lous eye in this city.”

An­dre Cham­pagne, and Peter McGre­gor.



photography by eti­enne ranger

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