Dragontree has a gorgeous new home

Dragontree partners, Marianne Schwankhart and Thys Dullaart, have recently taken over David Lewis Browne Framers & Gilders from retiring owners and long-serving art lovers, David and Fiona, and their daughter Cara. With their creative and refreshing energy, Marianne and Thys will be focusing on building new partnerships as they integrate these two businesses and provide inspired and innovative solutions to the art industry.

The premises in Wynberg is a welcoming open space where clients can view the precision framing process and consult with Marianne or Thys on any framing requirement; bespoke, traditional, or off-the-wall. The Wynberg premises will also be the location of Dragontree’s photographic studio.

Did we mention the big tree?

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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what we do

SHOOT | corporate image content

It is beneficial for a company to have quality photographs for a variety purposes. These may include websites, social media platforms, reports or brochures. We can visually document your company: whether it’s staff photographs, product shots in a studio, or out in the field.

Our photographic skills capture the soul of your business providing you with an image library for your website, brochures, presentations, office decoration, and branding material.

SHOOT | publicity & editorial

With many years of photojournalism behind us, we have a strong relationship with media publications. We also have a keen understanding of their image content requirements and standards. When required, we syndicate our work. In addition, we personally follow up with our contacts to maximise image publication. When working with TV productions, we provide the perfect moments both during and behind the scenes. Lastly, we’ve travelled to all corners of the earth to document adventure, lodges and social upheaval alike. So, we are comfortable shooting under any conditions.

SHOOT | documenting artists' work

Dragontree specialises in high-end reproductions of artists’ work for a variety of needs, such as catalogues and exhibition invitations. We have years of experience in this field and work with South Africa’s foremost artists. We therefore have great insights in colour representation, perspective control and handling of the art.

SHOOT | in the studio

Our mobile studio lights allow for flexibility and convenience. We thus work both in our own studio space and, if needed, can set up a studio in other locations of your choice. Here, we shoot creative products, portraits and interiors.

We do portraits, product photography and still life for advertising and editorial illustration.

SHOOT | architectural, interiors & food

We have experience in producing top-end building exterior, landscape and interior decor photographs for both architects and interior designers. Further, our understanding of the technicalities behind shooting high-quality product photographs has made us experts in this field. Our expertise now extends to food as well.

FRAME | our love

We have a passion for framing. Every image, whether it’s fine art, photographs or documents such as maps, is treated with the utmost respect. We spend time and effort on each item, using the best materials to create elegant frames to complement (and not overpower) the work itself. We sell the standard black or white frames. However, we also have bespoke, handmade hardwood frames that have unique features such as spines and box joins. Whichever frame you choose, you will always get the benefit of our expert craftsmanship. We frame for a variety of galleries, artists and individuals and pride ourselves on our one-on-one customer service. Every time we stamp the back of a framed work, we hope to enter into a long-term relationship with the client.

PRINT | gallery

Dragontree’s studio is now situated at our new David Lewis Browne premises in Wynberg. Our expanded space will have a dedicated studio and a showroom for images and frames of which we are most proud. We will also showcase the work of artists for whom we’ve framed, and we’re not excluding the possibility of an event or two in our new gorgeous treed courtyard. We might not be in the heart of the Jozi art community, but when you visit our new space you’ll see we’ve got a creative hub of our own.


If we’ve framed for you before you will know about our crafted bespoke frames. Now that we have taken over David Lewis Browne Framers & Gilders, our framing offering has expanded exponentially. At our new premises, with its open-view production process, we now offer specialist framing solutions such as gilding, hand crafted frames, frame restoration, art conservation, and as always professional advice and service that has no limit other than how involved you want to be.

african walnut

This is our signature frame. We source and manufacture this beautiful wood, that with its subtle tone complements most work. Wood is organic and every batch is therefore unique, but the craftsmanship is always exceptional. Apart from its beauty, African walnut wood offers great integrity in its strength. Generally, customers prefer the raw wood look, but staining options are available.

stained wood

This is a soft, lighter wood that when stained presents different looks, yet maintains the underlying wood grain. Alternatively, a harder Beech wood (often used in museum framing) offers a distinctive grain and light wood character.


These are standard, exhibition-style frames in solid black or white. We build these in a variety of dimensions depending on the artwork’s size. An alternative to black wood is a thin, neat aluminum frame.


dragontree studio

David Lewis Browne premises
1, 6th Street

phone us

082 296 9657
083 285 5792
+27 11 440 6726