My Favourite Things




Lot 89 >
“The geometry and structure of this bracelet is timeless.”



Lot 107 >
“Yes, you can wear this necklace more than once a year.”


Lot 175 >
“These sleek, period timepieces are just such a good buy.”


Lot 221 >
“Cute was not invented yesterday!”


Lot 237 >
“The complexity and craftsmanship of this pocket watch is something to behold.”


Lot 347 >
“The erratic geometry and piercing of this piece is a delight.”


Lot 391A >
“Both haunting and intriguing, this African aesthetic lends itself to the library or dimly lit corner.”


Lot 440 > 
“This campaign look is one that has defied every change in taste.”


Lot 555 >
“A lovely example of restrained French modern design.”


Lot 566 >
“Call me old fashioned; I love impressive indoor sculpture with an equine theme.”

Auction in Sydney | Monday 27 June at 6pm
Viewing in Sydney | 24-26 June 10am-4pm
Auction & Viewing Location | The NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen St, Woollahra

John D’Agata | National Head of Jewellery | 03 8825 5605 | 0408 355 339 | email
Robert Williams | Head of Single-Owner Collections | 02 9362 9045 | 0403 142 106 | email
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Sydney Champagne Celebration


Sneak Peek: Jewels & Objets D’Art
We invite you to celebrate Robert Williams’ new appointment with champagne and an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Jewels & Objets D’Art auction in Sydney.

Auction Announcement: The Opera Australia Collection
Di Henry, Consultant to Opera Australia, will be joining us on Sunday afternoon to discuss the exciting auction announcement of their collection. 

Sydney Office | 02 9362 9045 | email

Now Consigning for Sydney Auction

35.1Leonard Joel is consigning Fine Art, Jewels, Objets D’Art and Asian Works of Art for the upcoming June 2016 auction in Sydney. Please contact us for a complimentary market appraisal.


John D’Agata, National Head of Jewellery & Sydney Office
03 8825 5605

Robert Williams, Objets D’Art Specialist
02 9362 9045| 0403 142 106

Millie McMahon, Art Specialist
02 9362 9045

Lot 35, 7 March 2016
Sold for $3,660 IBP

Sydney Valuation Day

Leonard Joel is pleased to offer complimentary verbal market appraisals at our Sydney office Tuesday 8 December 10am-7pm.

Our specialists will be valuing Fine Art, Jewels & Objets D’Art and will be consigning for the March Auction of Jewels, Objets D’Art & Fine Art.


Please contact us to book an appointment:

Edwina Foley | Jewels Specialist | 02 9362 9045 | 0402 751 610 | email

Robert Williams | Objets D’Art Specialist | 02 9362 9045 | 0403 142 106 | email

Sophie Ullin | Head of Art | 03 8825 5609 | 0413 912 307 | email

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From Kama Sutra to Cuba

fdsContinuing the erotica theme, lot 272, a beautifully enamelled continental silver cigarette case depicting a classically posed nude female and retailed by the pre-Castro Cuban establishment La Casa Quintana, realised $6,100 (IBP). But erotica was not the only adventurous auction theme. The fine jewels on offer also reflected a far more adventurous appetite with bold designs and colour combinations enjoying most of the buyer attention.

A pair of lavish sapphire and diamond earrings designed  with scrolling tops and multiple sapphire tassels were a perfect example of this trend – lot 165 in the auction, they sold for $5856 (IBP). Similarly exotic were lot 42,  a pair of South Sea pearl and diamond earrings designed as delicately pave set snakes with exquisite garnet eyes and suspending round pearls. Unquestionably for that special evening party, they finally sold for $3660 (IBP).

trqSigned Tiffany and Cartier pieces also sold exceedingly well with a classic Cartier bangle, lot 166, in platinum from the “Love” collection selling for $7930 (IBP) and a classic Tiffany solitaire diamond ring, lot 45, realising $14,640 (IBP). Of the more curious items, lot 248, a European silver mounted walking stick with a recumbent mermaid as handle more than tripled its estimate to sell for $2318 (IBP). With more than $400,000 in objects and jewels changing hands Sydney specialist Robert Williams was encouraged by the depth of buying.

Robert Williams: “Our quarterly auctions are in every sense classic decorative arts and jewellery affairs and despite changing tastes and new collecting habits, I was pleased to see buying across every category and period and this reassures me that collecting is not fading it is rather changing.”

Discerning Globetrotters

129The cover lot, a rare six armed Bulmo Buddha lot 151, sold for more than four times its estimate and realised $31,720 (IBP). The only 11cm high piece emanated from the Siegfried Hearst estate and had been held in that collection for more than half a century.

As the auction progressed it was clear that very focused connoisseurship was at play as unusual pieces flew and more readily available pieces sold within estimates. No more so was the hunt for the unusual on display than with lot 229, an extremely rare Tibetan copper book cover from the 16th century, that doubled its low estimate to sell for $9760 (IBP).

But stellar results were not restricted to the Asian region. The auction felt like a tour of world decorative arts when a French origin carving of the Madonna and Child, lot 385, realised $17,080 (IBP). The tall carving of the 14th century sold to a European buyer over the phone. An important private collection of Royal Worcester seemed to complete the tour when lot 3
, a most impressive Windsor Castle vase painted by Harry Davis, sold for $20,740 (IBP) more than quadrupling its low estimate!

More than $500,000 in fine jewellery, Asian art and European and English objects changed hands and marked Leonard Joel’s most successful Sydney auction to date.

Leonard Joel Sydney

116We are always consigning for our quarterly auctions, and have already secured numerous successful results for both international and local items. We offer complimentary appraisals on potential items for auction and are always happy to visit clients in their home for assessment of Single Owner Collections. Leonard Joel Sydney offers clients the benefit of an established reputation developed over more than 95 years.  As an integral part of the Australian auction industry, Leonard Joel is well known for its high quality research, presentation, marketing and an unrivalled Australian client database. With auction rooms in both Melbourne and Sydney and strong national and international affiliations, Leonard Joel has cemented itself as a leading auction house on the global stage.

In 2014, just some of our important sales included:
Representing Fine Jewellery:
An impressive sapphire and diamond ring, sold for $48,800.
A rare Panther Cuff by Cartier $41,480

Representing Decorative Art:
A museum quality bronze by Emile Antione Bourdelle, sold for $43,920.
Demeter Chiparus, ‘Wheelbarrow’ bronze and ivory, sold for $24,400

Representing Furniture:
An exquisite example of high society ‘Grand Tour’ collecting. A fine early Victorian micro mosaic and specimen marble table, sold for $21,960.

Representing Silver:
A remarkable silver box from the French silver smith and designer Jean Emile Puiforcat, sold for $19,520.
A rare Newcastle Guild of Handcraft bowl, sold for $29,280.

Representing Asian Art:
A fine carved Japanese ivory kimono, sold for $12,200.
A pair of Chinese Straits armchairs, sold for $7,320

Representing Art:
Margaret Rose Preston, ‘Gloxinia’ oil on canvas, sold for $59,780.
George Edward Peacock ‘Port Jackson’ oil on board, sold for $20,740.

November auction Highlight:
An Art Deco silver cigar box by Cartier, sold for $4,880
The rare cartier box received a winning bid by Jewellery Royalty Cartier’s great grandson Alain Cartier.
Read more about this item here

Leonard Joel prides itself on unbeatable marketing strategies and global connections contributing to record breaking results. In 2015, we will be presenting quarterly auctions of Fine Jewellery and Objet D’Art as well as significant Single Owner Collections. Already we have secured the Dr George Wilcox Collection of antique furniture, silver and porcelain for our March round of sales. A unique collection, showcasing some of the most important examples of clocks, furniture, porcelain and silver to be sold in Australia in recent times.

The March sale will also include fine examples from other collections representing fine jewellery, Asian art and decorative arts.

If you have a single item or collection feel free to contact our Sydney office for a confidential appraisal.

Robert Williams | Specialist Jewels Objet D’Art and Single Owner Collections
39 Queen Street, Woollahra
NSW 2025 Australia
t. +61 (0) 2 9362 9045
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The Dr. George Wilcox Collection

112The furniture leads with an exceptional George III Satinwood Bonheur Du Jour, attributed to George Simson. A similar Bonheur Du Jour, also attributed to George Simson, was sold anonymously at Christie’s, London on the 7th of June 2007 for £13,200. The feature clock of the Wilcox Collection is a fine late Georgian musical automata clock by James Smith.
The ceramics lead with a remarkable find; a fine Barr Flight & Barr Worcester porcelain shell-decorated marbled part dessert service, made for the Gordon family, by John Barker. The service is referred to in The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, Volume I, 1751-1851, John Sandon, pages 180-181, colour plate 76 and page 204. John Sandon writes “A remarkable Barr, Flight & Barr dessert service was made circa 1812 for the Gordon family and was sold in Scotland in 1980 by Phillips from the estate of a descendant, the Honourable Mrs. Jock Leith of Glenkindie Castle, Aberdeenshire.
The centres of each piece were painted with shells in the distinctive hand which has been attributed to John Barker.
The marbled grounds were reserved with the family crest within a neoclassical gold border.” The collection continues with an enchanting selection of Dr Wall Worcester, Derby, Minton and other European porcelain manufacturers. It is completed by an eclectic collection of silver; mostly sourced from the Silver Vaults in London, spanning the entire Georgian periods, George IV, William IV, Victorian and Edwardian through to Elizabeth II.

The collection will be auctioned in Sydney as part of our Jewels & Objets D’Art Auction on the 8th of March.

Catalogue online Monday 23rd Feburary 2015

Robert Williams
(02) 9362 9045