The Rabes had been involved in the publication of various local and international books and catalogues on Cape furniture and decorative arts.

Cape Furniture & South African Ceramicscapefurn_and_ceramics


By Jo-Marie Rabe & Piér Rabe (2004)

This 73 page catalogue was prepared for an exhibition of rare Cape furniture and 20th Century South African ceramics by the Linnware and Kalahari Studios. The publication explores aspects of the social history of Cape furniture. It also offers a brief historical overview and detailed photographs of pieces produced by the two ceramic studios between 1925 and 1985 thereby making a valuable contribution to the existing bibliography on the subject.

Photographs by Cornel de Kock

Available from Piér Rabe Antiques. Price R275 plus postage. To order, please contact us.

Cape Furniture Styles 1652 to 1900cape furniture styles

ISBN 0-620-31137-1

By Jo-Marie Rabe & Piér Rabe (2003)

This is a 64-page full colour catalogue of the Cape furniture exhibited at the Dorp Street Gallery in September 2003. Not only does the publication show the variety and quality of furniture that the Rabes specialize in, it also contribute at an academic level. Based on Jo-Marie’s research for her Masters degree, the book is divided into 5 chapters detailing the unique stylistic characteristics of the five successive stylistic periods at the Cape between 1652 and 1900: Cape Renaissance Classicism, Cape Baroque, Cape Rococo, Cape Neo-Classicism and Cape Regency.

Photographs by Cornel de Kock

Available from Piér Rabe Antiques. Price R275 plus postage. To order, please contact us.

Cape Furniture 1680 – 1900capefurniture

By Deon Viljoen and Piér Rabe (2002)

This beautiful publication consists of 40 pages full of intriguing new insights pertaining to the furniture that was made at the Cape between1680 – 1900. Photographs by renowned specialist furniture photographer Cornel de Kock and exquisitely detailed illustrations by Philip Barrett add the value to the catalogue.


cape furniture and metalwareCape Furniture and Metalware

ISBN 0-620-26988-X

By Deon Viljoen and Pier Rabe (2001)

This exclusive hardcover book about antique Cape furniture and metalware was compiled by antique dealers Deon Viljoen and Piér Rabe as a catalogue to accompany an exhibition held in Cape Town in February 2001. The beautiful 119 page publication with its 89 colour plates is well researched and a true connoisseur’s delight. It is a must for serious collectors. It explores the social history of Cape furniture from the period 1720 – 1920 and metalware made between 1850 and 1950. The book includes detailed information on a magnificent selection of Cape brass and copper showing the various maker’s marks including that of renowned Cape coppersmiths such as Frederik Nicolaas van As, Charles Matthews, Josiah Duffet, Joseph Lawton and others.



Contributions to International Publications



Judith Miller (ed.) 2005
ISBN 1405306548

not available


ISBN 0-620-30784-6

The South African Resource Manual for Antiques, Collectables, Fine Arts and Interiors. Published by Amanda Cunningham and James Hemphill. This publication is richly illustrated with photographs and descriptions of antiques and collectables – everything from early barbed wire, vintage vehicles and ocean liner souvenirs to the more familiar desirables like silver, artworks and fine antique furniture. Forty of South Africa’s most distinguished authorities in their respective fields, many of them members of the South African Antique Dealers’ Association, have joined forces to create this handbook for collectors.