Vyvyan Myerson

It is with great sadness we announce that Vyvyan Myerson, The Valuer, passed away suddenly on Monday 5 June 2017. Vyvyan was one of South Africa’s top valuers with more than 50 years experience and had valued some of South Africa’s most prestigious collections.

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Highly respected with great integrity Vyvyan had over 50 years of experience, and has trained many of the valuers in South Africa.

His fields of learning and expertise were broad: silver, glass and ceramics, furniture, art, diamonds and coloured stones.

Vyvyan began his career in London, working for art galleries who bought and sold Art (including watercolours, drawings and graphics) to National and Municipal Galleries and Museums throughout England, as well as in Holland and Scandinavia.

During this period he started collecting Art, Sculpture, Silver, Furniture, Cutlery, Glass, Treen, Metalwork, Jewellery and Objects of Vertu, some of which he used to illustrate many lectures over a period of forty years.

He returned to South Africa in 1969 and wanting to utilize his extensive knowledge set up as a Valuer to do Insurance and Estate Valuations. He was appointed as a government appraiser in 1975. In the late 70’s became a member of the South African Institute of Valuers. He visits England annually to keep abreast of the price developments in the Antique and Art Markets.

During his sojourn in England he lectured in London and at Leeds University. He has subsequently lectured at numerous Adult Education Centres, Societies, Art Galleries and Museums throughout South Africa. Including the University of Cape Town Summer and Winter school as well as Wits University. In 1984 he organized and presented, with the enlisted aid of various lecturers from abroad, a six month Fine and Decorative Arts course. Known as the Phillips Decorative and Fine Art Course, this was the first course of its kind in South Africa to take the post graduate students on a tour of Holland and England, visiting a number of world renowned museums and stately homes.

Vyvyan was the founder of the Miniaturia Society and the Fine Arts and Decorative Society (FADS) in Cape Town as well as the Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) in Johannesburg, which he established in 1982.

He has written, and has on some occasions been the subject of, many articles, which have appeared in South African magazines and newspapers. He has presented as well as been the subject of radio and television programmes.

Vyvyan resided in Simons Town, in the Cape. He commuted to Johannesburg frequently to carry out valuations for long standing clients as well as museums, private and corporate collections.


§   Steenberg Collection
§   Parliamentary Houses, Cape Town
§   Old Mutual Art Collection City of London
§   The Jewish Museum, Cape Town
§   Oppenheimer Collection of Drawings and Antique Furniture
§   Stellenbosch Art Gallery
§   Maggie Laubser Collection (Sasol Collection)
§   Anglo American  (The corporate art collections at the main offices as well as the estates in Cape Town and Sabie.)
§   Groote Schuur Museum (Cecil Rhodes House)
§   The Remgro Art Collection
§   The Rupert Art Foundation  (Including the entire contents of the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch)
§   The Transvaal Scottish Museum (Johannesburg)
§   General Smuts Home (Irene)
§   SA Breweries
§   The Total Art Collection
§   Nedbank Art Collection
§   Numerous private collections and wine estates including Meerlust, Vergelegen, Boschendal and L’Olivier Olive & Wine Estate

Contact: liz@thevaluer.co.za



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Liz Westby-Nunn, an innovative and creative entrepreneur, established The Portfolio Collection in 1982 – it was the first organization in South Africa which encouraged the concept of independent travel throughout the region. She sold The Portfolio Collection in 2012.

Her interest in antiques and fine art was kindled in 1978 when she worked for Vyvyan Myerson. Under his tutelage she developed a passion for fine antiques.

She built up a strong personal collection of antiques and art which she used to refurbish Klippe Rivier, an historic Cape Dutch homestead, circa 1820, outside Swellendam.  Klippe Rivier, originally the family home of two former Presidents Steyn and Reitz, of the Free State Republic, is one of South Africa’s most important historic Cape Dutch country houses. Liz spent two years painstakingly restoring Klippe Rivier to its original state; the original stables and waenhuis were converted into six guest suites and opened to the public and guests from 1993 – 2012 as one of the few remaining authentic Cape Country Houses.  It was South Africa’s first Five-Star Country House.

Liz served as the Chairperson of the South African Tourism Association from 1997 – 2000, and is now returning to her roots to pursue her passion in fine arts and antiques with Vyvyan Myerson.

Contact: liz@thevaluer.co.za

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