deon viljoen’s new gallery is a stylish new addition to vibrant stellenbosch

The gallery represents the first retail venture for Deon Viljoen who has been a dealer in fine art and antiques for many years. His wife, Diana, also has an antique and contemporary art background, and lived in Rome before marrying Deon and moving to South Africa.

They chose Stellenbosch for their first gallery, as they saw it as a vibrant and creative town, with an increasing number of interesting galleries, and were fortunate to find a suitable space located near Dylan Lewis, the SMAC Gallery & Quagga Books.

Their gallery contains a fascinating collection of antique and contemporary furniture, art and ceramics, arranged in Deon’s inimitable style . The furniture can range from a set of Cape stinkwood dining chairs from the 1820’s, to a 1940’s French elmwood drop-leaf table of a uniquely striking design, to a prototype chair by Adriaan Hugo. The art can be a portrait of a lady from the 1840’s, a group of beautiful Christo Coetzees, an iconic photograph by David Goldblatt, or a contemporary needlepoint work by Athi Patra Ruga. As for ceramics, Deon represents the artist Ruan Hoffman, and has a wide selection of his plates, and you might also find a group 18th Century Chinese plates from a shipwreck, a Hylton Nel vase, or some handmade lanterns from a small village in Southern Italy where Diana sources both decorative and useful pieces.

Diana has imported products from Italy which she was missing in her new life in the Western Cape, namely the gloriously packaged Ortigia range of products for the bathroom and elsewhere in the house, and colourful socks and accessories by Gallo. She brings fine hand made non-scented candles from Germany in ravishing colours, which she confidently asserts are the best candles available in South Africa. The latest arrivals give an African twist: Madwa lambas (throws) from Madagascar, and a range of great quality belts, sandals and dog collars by the Kenyan Linda Camm.

For the opening months, Deon has assembled a magnificent group of six cabinets by the Dutch artist Patrick Schols which are the highlight of the display in the gallery at the moment. Each piece is a one-off, the fruit of many months of labour.

Opening hours are from Monday to Friday 0930 to 1730, Saturday 0930 to 1330, and otherwise by appointment (0737 607457). The address is 14b Bird Street, Stellenbosch 7600.

For more information contact Liza Dyason 076 550 1422 or

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