Leonard Joel


The Modern Design and Special Interiors auction on Sunday 25 August was held at Leonard Joel’s saleroom at 12 Smith St, Collingwood following the success of the David Bromley curated Modern + Traditional auction in July. Once again the space was transformed, with a diverse range of Australian and European furniture, ceramics and glass, lighting and other examples of post-1950 design. Arguably the scarcest lot in the sale was an early pair of DC dining chairs by Australian designer Fred Ward (lot 207A). The chairs were believed to have been amongst the first 100 made by manufacturer Fler before their design was modified. Spirited room bidding ensured that the chairs soared past their conservative estimate of $300-500 to realise $2,160 (IBP).

74Other Australian highlights included an unmistakeable, extravagant buffet by Sol Shapiro (lot 7) that realised $7,200 (IBP) against an estimate of $6,000 -8,000 and an unusual Grant Featherston coffee table which tripled its estimate to realise $3,600 (IBP). A growing interest in contemporary Australian design resulted in some pleasing results for two chairs by Mark Newson. An Orgone chair (lot 206) estimated at $600-800 realised $1,200 (IBP) and a Nimrod chair (lot 205) estimated at $700-900 sold for $1,140 (IBP).

A diverse collection of glass and ceramics attracted considerable interest from international collectors bidding by telephone and bidding live  via Artfact.com. Highlights included a striking Giulio Radi vase (lot 199) that sold for $2,280 (IBP) and a Luciano Vistosi egg-shaped lamp (lot 22) that realised $2,400 (IBP) against an estimate of $800-1,200. A ceramic Pablo Picasso Dove Subject (lot 135) sold for $3,120 (IBP) and surely the most striking lot in the sale, a 1970s Murano glass fountain achieved $3,120 (IBP).

Strong prices were also achieved for international furniture. Two Elda chairs (lots 112 & 113) by Italian industrial designer Joe Colombo sold for $4,560 (IBP) and $6,100 (IBP) against estimates of $4,000-6,000 and $5,000-7,000 respectively. A fine example of the iconic Eames lounge chair 670 and ottoman 671 (lot 179) achieved $5,368 and an impressive sideboard by Danish designer Ib Kofod-Larsen (lot 170) sold for $4,080.

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Giles Moon
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