Riaan Bolt and Peter Haller invite you to an exhibition of Antique Cape & Transvaal Furniture, South African Art & Ceramics

Riaan Bolt Antiques is excited to return to Upstairs @ Bamboo with an exhibition of South African Antiques, Art and Ceramics from the 5 until the 13 March 2022.

The Cape furniture selection will focus on rare 18th century patrician furniture.  Highlights include a fine stinkwood & amboyna armoire with silver mounts, c. 1780; an important neo-classical stinkwood, amboyna & ebony commode, c. 1790; and two rare 18th century stinkwood tables with tops made from Robben Island slate.  Such museum quality pieces seldomly appear on the market and the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view and acquire them.

An important group of profusely inlaid chairs, made by Jochemus Johannes Prinsloo (1855 – 1926), will headline the Transvaal furniture selection.  These chairs won the 1st prize at the Pretoria show in 1912 and were subsequently exhibited at Die Krugergenootskap, Pretoria, 1950, and the Van Riebeeck Festival, Pretoria, 1952.

South African abstract art and sculpture will compliment the antique furniture.  Works by mid-century masters such as Edoardo Villa, Ezrom Legae, Georgina Ormiston and Christo Coetzee will be on offer.

Linnware and South African Anglo-Oriental ceramics by potters such as Esias Bosch, Tim Morris and Andrew Walford will round off the curated exhibition.

Kindly note that all Covid 19 protocols will be observed.  We look forward to seeing you in this light and airy gallery space.


Christmas at Love Books


Message from Love Books:

We are coming to the end of 2021 so just a few things we’d like to remind you of before we close for the holidays: 

  • On top of  all our irresistible books, we also have these beautiful snowflake decorations for sale (in-store only)
  • Click here for our 10 enticing online titles for Christmas
  • Please note our online shop will be closing on Monday 13 December. 
  • Closing for the holidays: 5 pm Thursday 23 December
  • Opening for 2022: 9 am Friday 7 January

May your holiday be restorative, sunny, filled with books and the promise of a better 2022.

Allow me to introduce you to…  an exhibition of new work by Robyn Field

Allow Me To Introduce You To… is a new solo show from Jozi expressionist painter Robyn Field, featuring her distinctive use of colour, pattern and mark making. The exhibition is a presentation of large canvasses that have evolved over a period of five years to create a series of emotive narratives told via rich overlapping textures of charcoal, acrylic and Indian ink.

19 March 2021 
6pm – 8pm
Opened by Blessing Ngobeni

19 March to 28 March 2021
Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat: 9am – 4pm 
Sun: 10am – 2pm


19 March to 19 April 2021

Media enquiries:
Obren Msuku obren@msukumedia.co.za
079 342 6636

Sales and exhibition enquiries:
Robyn Field robyn@unitydesign.co.za
082 584 9924

Upstairs @ Bamboo: Renowned photographer Oscar Gutierrez presents his Nelson Mandela exhibition

Renowned photographer Oscar Gutierrez presents his Nelson Mandela exhibition 

During the key moments that shaped South Africa’s transition to democracy, one photographer was there recording it all – Oscar Gutierrez.

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of former president Nelson Mandela in July 1918, renowned photographer Oscar Gutierrez will launch his exhibition of the very best of those photographs. These glimpses into Madiba moments were captured by Gutierrez over the many years he spent tracking South Africa’s early democracy. 

Gutierrez says “The photographs capture Nelson Mandela and other South African luminaries from the initial stages of the negotiations of South Africa’s constitution, the first democratic elections and important moments that formed democratic South Africa.” 

Says Gutierrez: “Holding this exhibition during the month of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth is something very dear  to me as South Africa has become my home. This exhibition is my way of celebrating a South Africa that has embraced me and gave me the opportunity to celebrate the birth of the democracy I experienced when I arrived in the country.” 

The exhibition titled “Iconic” runs from the 8 – 15 July 2018 at Upstairs@Bamboo Gallery in Melville Johannesburg. 

The exhibition is curated by Oscar Gutierrez, in collaboration with Makgati Molebatsi of Mak’Dct Art Advisory & Agency. 

The photographs are on sale and 5% of all proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. 

About Oscar Gutierrez
Originally from Guatemala, Oscar Gutierrez arrived in Southern Africa in 1994 on assignment as a newspaper photojournalist and never left. Initially living in Mozambique but subsequently moving to South Africa. Gutierrez has covered and captured events and issues in politics, arts, culture, religion and social moments, developing an immense archive of significant moments in South Africa’s contemporary history. 

Prior to 1994, Gutierrez developed a wide range of experience as a photographer, extending from working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in the US to honing his craft as a commercial studio photographer. His training includes a Bachelor in Fine Arts specialising in photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, as well as MA candidacy in Fine Arts. 

Issued on behalf of Oscar Gutierrez and Makgati Molebatsi of Mak’Dct Art Advisory & Agency 

All Media Queries:
Bridget van Oerle and Sneziwe Dube
011 477 0923 / 673 0264
info@buz.co.za / buz@buz.co.za

Love Books May Newsletter

Dear book lovers,

There are loads of exciting things happening in the book world this month – where to start?!

Most exciting, is the launch of the online literary magazine, The Johannesburg Review of Books. Publisher Ben Williams and editor Jennifer Malec have put together a fantastic team on this very exciting project – sign up now at www.johannesburgreviewofbooks.com.

Talking of Jennifer Malec, you can catch her at the Kingsmead Book Fair this Saturday – she’s chairing a panel on ‘Africa’s Big Apple’ – that’s our beloved Jozi, as reflected in literature. Kingsmead have put together a fantastic programme this year – go to http://kingsmead.co.za/bookfair/ for tickets.

The Sunday Times Literary Awards are coming up – watch out for the shortlist announcements in the Sunday Times this Sunday.

Publishing news of the year is of course the release of Arundhati Roy’s second novel in 20 yearsThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness. It’s under strict embargo until 6 June but if you’d like to receive yours on that day, please send pre-orders to me on kate@lovebooks.co.za.

As always, the shop is groaning with tempting things, so do pop in. You never know what you might find. Here’s what you should be looking out for this May –  www.lovebooks.co.za

Yours in books,

Kate and Anna

Love Books March Newsletter

Hello, molo, sawubona, lotjhani, dumela,

That’s just our way of telling you about the special price we’re offering on your pre-order of the wonderful How Many Ways Can You Say Hello, by Refiloe Moahloli.  Order before Friday 10 March and you’ll get the book at R130, not R140. Orders to  kate@lovebooks.co.za.

How Many Ways Can You Say Hello is the delightful tale of Sarah, who’s biggest surprise on the first day of school, is that she can’t understand all the other children. Told in rhyming verse with charming illustrations, the book comes with a CD narrated by the author. It’s set to become a must for all South African children (and their parents and grandparents). Look out for the launch at Love Books onSaturday 11 March.

Great news for book clubswe are increasing our discount to 15% this year. Pop in and register your book club with us, or start a book club if you don’t have one, because as Groucho Marx once said ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Please note, we’re closed for STOCKTAKE on Tuesday 7 March. 

As always, the shop is groaning with tempting things, so do pop in. You never know what you might find. Go to www.lovebooks.co.za to see what you should be looking out for in March.

Yours in books,

Kate and Anna

New Years Message from Love Books

Dear book lovers,

It seems odd, slow and rather out-of-date to be wishing you all Happy New Year on the 13th  of February, but after Wednesday night’s launch of Harry Kalmer’s A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, where everyone was wishing everyoneHappy New Year, we know we are not the only ones getting into it … slowly.

So Happy New Year, and as with every year, there are lots of exciting things to look forward to in 2017.

Talking of slow, in the publishing event of the year, Arundhati Roy will be publishing her second novel in 20 years this June –  we can’t wait for The Ministry of Utmost Happiness! For lovers of North American fiction the great George Saunders will publish his first novel this March, Lincoln in the Bardo. The delightful Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project) has The Best of Adam Sharpcoming your way. And on the local scene there is much excitement around Fred Strydom’s second novel, The Inside Out Man, coming in May, and Karina Szczurek’s The Fifth Mrs Brink, coming later in the year. This is just a tiny, tiny taste of what’s to come and if you’d like to order any of these titles (or anything else for that matter) in advance, let us know at kate@lovebooks.co.za.

For those of you who are pressed for time but still looking for something meaty, why not pick up a literary journal. New Contrast has had a fantastic revamp, and we are excited to be stocking New York based American literary journal, n+1.

As always, the shop is groaning with wonderful reads so do pop in – you never know what you might find. In fact, one of our favourite customers sent us the following quote (on the Waterstones UK turnaround), with the instruction to apply it to Love Books: 

You go to Amazon because you know the name of the book you want; you go to Waterstones (or Love Books) to discover it and enjoy the experience that predicates the discovery. 

Find our February recommendations at www.lovebooks.co.za or pop in for an unexpected discovery! 

Yours in books,
Kate and Anna