Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.
Issue link: http://wellesleywestonmagazine.epubxp.com/i/782418
Empire Basket Chandelier, with the same high-waisted glamour as dresses of the time. For the collector, Wellesley Antique Lighting is a treasure trove, from the 18th century Louis IV French electrified candelabra Maccini is restoring, to the fine Japanese and Korean pottery his dad is selling from his vast collection, to the leaded glass four-arm chandelier from a Philadelphia mansion, to a huge palm-leafed 1850 light fitting from Louisiana that is astonishing in its detail and its weight. There is also a Southern Belle's basket of light-filled flowers, and, for the guys, Jon has crafted rocket ship light complete with spinning rocket engines and a great star above it. On the door of his basement workshop is a small oil painting of a Madonna and Child, inside are colored wires, signs, and worktables. "People say it reminds them of their grandparents' home," he says." The youngest of the three Maccini chil- dren, Jon always knew he wanted to fol- low in his dad's footsteps, and he got his start as an electrical contractor. "I liked traveling all over Boston and meeting dif- ferent people," he says. "I didn't think I wanted to be stuck in the basement of this shop." After seven years, he was ready, "I was burnt out," Maccini says, no pun intended. He bought the business from his father in 2000 and through it his own personal creativity has flourished as he has added extras onto light fittings and lamps, making what was once plain, a unique collector's piece. He has also become Wellesley and Weston's go-to person for chandelier and crystal cleaning. Although, he advises, let him fetch it. One woman stuffed her chandelier in a laundry basket, and by the time she got it to Wellesley Antique Lighting, three of the four arms were broken. Maccini was able to fix them, but with heirloom pieces, care is needed. His dad's earliest clients who began fre- quenting the store in 1972 when it opened remain customers today. And, as one recent visitor said, "Why would I go any- where else? They're the best." FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.wellesleyantiquelighting.com 144 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 business "follow in his dad's footsteps" Jon Maccini P H O T O S B Y M A U R A W A Y M A N P H O T O G R A P H Y