Quagga was established in Cape Town over 25 years ago as antiquarian book and art dealers.

Since inception, the business has grown to include dealing in and expert valuation of the following categories of items:

  • Rare books and Manuscripts
  • Antique maps
  • Art, paintings, drawings and prints
  • Photographs
  • Tribal and anthropological artefacts
  • Museum holdings and Collections

Quagga trades from a retail outlet in Kalk Bay in the Western Cape, buying at auction and from private clients. The nature of our trade necessitates a deep appreciation and knowledge of the material we deal in, as well as an imperative to keep abreast of current market trends and values. Hence after over 25 years in business, Quagga has become uniquely situated with interests and exceeding experience in both substantive appraisal and commercial valuation.

Quagga has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist Magazine, Louis Vuitton Travel Guide, Time Magazine and numerous local publications. 

Some of our recent projects include appraisements of collections for:

  • Parliamentary Library
  • Robben Island (Mayibuye)
  • National Prosecuting Authority
  • City of Johannesburg Library
  • Lukhanji Municipality Museum Holdings and Public Sculptures
  • National Museum - Bloemfontein
  • Iziko Museums - Cape Town
  • Numerous corporate and private collections

Through our work with governmental organisations and auditing firms we have specific experience in dealing with GRAP 103 (Heritage) specifications and have developed methods of interfacing our valuations with the required accounting practices.

Quagga are leading experts in antiquarian books, manuscripts, maps, photographs,art, artefacts and museum holdings. It is our constant participation in a retail market, both locally and internationally, that keeps us in touch with current market related values; the nature of the items traded giving us the ability to confidently evaluate and determine heritage assets.

Please contact us should you require our services.