Recently I was invited to discover more about the Antiques scene in Cape Town and I discovered a beautiful new world of art, antiques and design that previously I’d never known existed.
Prior to this day exploring the antique scene in Cape Town, I was completely ignorant of the fact that the antiques world is alive and well in the city… and has some of the very best antique and art dealers around.
The whole morning would prove to be a beautiful education.
My morning started at Burr & Muir, one of the most well respected Art Nouveau and Art Deco antique dealers in the world. That’s right. The World!
Located in The Mirage building just off upper Strand Street, this shop is bursting with brilliant works from around the world. Specialising in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau and 20th Century Design.
One of the specialities for Burr & Muir is the glass of Rene Lalique and they also have a stunning selection of Galle and Daum glass, and WMF Art Nouveau plated silver wares. I was most taken with the gorgeous Art Deco sculptures in ivory and bronze… the tiny details and beautiful movements really are a wonder!
Our next stop was at The New Modernist, located in Buitengracht Street, bordering the Bo Kaap, this is a haven for lovers of post-modern design. Curated by Emma De Crespigny, an expert on Modernist design who holds a Masters Degree in History of Decorative Art and Design from Parsons, she has worked as a collector and dealer in New York.
This specialty store features lovingly restored, collectible pieces of furniture that are presented in their best possible state, including Scandinavian retro pieces but also selected reproduction furniture where classics of yesteryear have been recreated in contemporary upholstery fabrics and finishes.
Antiques are not merely amusing oddities, but rather useful elements of design that precisely inform the world in which we live today, as ours will inform tomorrow’s – Paul Mrkusic, CEO of SAADA
My walking tour of the Cape Town antique scene continued up Buitengracht to Eclectica Design & Art… a white studio space filled with contemporary South African art and beautifully designed pieces of furniture that could be art in their own right.
I loved this space for it’s use of beautiful works of art in brilliant colours set against the start white space.
Eclectica Design & Art call themselves a “purveyor of iconic international and local design”
Here fine art combines with the decorative elements of furniture design. You can expect the current exhibition to always be distinctive, desirable and highly engaging.
Spending time here made me want to buy my first piece of original art immediately… And I do hope to be able to do that one day. It just won’t be right now 🙂 I have school fees to pay!
The Benefits of Buying Antiques, Art & Design
I came across this really rather useful list of why you should be investing in Antiques (or Art or Design!).
- All antiques, art and design are internationally tradeable commodities
- The value & desirability of antiques and art has stood the test of time
- Choosing antiques and art is such a personal decision and your collection will be uniqiue and reflect your individuality
- These items are all investments that have an aesthetic appeal and will enhance your living space
- You are able to own pieces of history
- Each piece has originality in it’s design and craftsmanship
- These investments are not subject to Capital Gains Tax
If you’re interested in exploring the world of antiques, art and design further then you might like to diarise the SAADA expo happening at The Lookout at the Waterfront from Fri 17 Feb to Sun 19 Feb 2017.
A collection of 30 of the top antiques, art and design dealers in Cape Town will be exhibiting and you’ll be able to see (and buy) the best of antique jewellery, books, ceramics, glass, clocks, coins, fine art, furniture, kitchenalia, militaria, stamps, sculptures, oriental items and various twentieth century furniture too. Whether you’re an expert or a complete novice, this is sure to be an educational experience… and possibly the start of a life long love affair!
Burr & Muir
The Mirage, Cnr Strand Street & Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
Tel: 021 418 1269
The New Modernist
142 Buitengracht Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town
Tel: 082 414 0317
Eclectica Design & Art
179 Buitengracht Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Tel: 021 422 0327
Images: Kathryn Rossiter
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