Leonard Joel

Modern Design

Leonard Joel is Australia’s premier auction house for important modern and contemporary furniture and design.

Now consigning for auction. Click here to submit items for online valuation or contact us to book an appointment in Sydney or Melbourne.


Our dedicated Modern Design department offers three distinct selling and buying opportunities; the seasonal Modern Design Auctions, Private Collection Auctions and The Interiors & Jewellery Auction every Thursday.

The department has a proven reputation in this discipline and boasts impressive auction records for iconic designers such as Grant Featherston, Schulim Krimper and Clement Meadmore.

Thinking of selling with Leonard Joel? If you have a single item or collection that you would like valued or are considering selling, please click here for information on types of valuations, how to make an appointment and how to sell at Leonard Joel.

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Head of Modern Design

Anna Grassham

In November 2014 the Modern Design department was re-launched under the management of Anna Grassham.
Since joining Leonard Joel in 2011, Anna was part of the original team behind Leonard Joel’s initial Modern Design concept auctions, her background in movie set design has helped pave the department as one of Australia's best. Her collaboration in highly original projects outside of the auction world has also proved her experience and passion in the field.
Anna took part in The New Joneses project, as part of 'Buy Nothing New Week'. Initially undertaken in 2013 as a model of sustainable living, the project evolved in 2014 to include the construction of a fully sustainable apartment in Melbourne’s Federation Square, furnished with vintage accessories from Leonard Joel’s auctions, selected and styled by Anna.
The New Joneses project was a winner at the 2013 Earth Awards in the Creative Arts Category and the 2014 event was showcased on Channel 7 national television.
Anna has played a key role in developing the Modern Design department. In 2016 selling the biggest collection of Grant Featherston furniture world wide.
Continuing to build the Modern Design department she has networked with overseas vendors, clients and buyers, placing Leonard Joel as a top seller of Modern Design furniture in Australia.

t 03 8825 5637 m 0415 076 480
e anna.grassham@leonardjoel.com.au


Head of Private Collections and Sydney Office

Robert Williams

Robert’s love of Objet D’Art began whilst working for Kenneth Harvey Antiques and Rosebery’s Fine Art in London. During this time Robert has forged many contacts globally. In Australia, Robert’s vast auction experience has seen him consult for a few local auction houses then full time at Bonhams & Goodman and most recently Theodore Bruce, where he was senior valuer. With over 15 years combined auction and antique industry experience Roberts knowledge covers a broad and wide range of subjects, affording him the ability to look at single owner estates in their entirety.

Robert prides himself on nurturing real relationships with his clients and his belief that the client must be included throughout the auction process.

His most notable single owner endeavours include;
The Collection of Dr George Wilcox - The Siegfried & Diane Hearst Estate - The John Gale Collection at Huntly - The Estate of Vera Selgado – The Estate of John Van der Meulen - The Collection of Ross Fyfe Smith – The John Dowson Collection of Doulton & Worcester – Belgiorno Nettis, The Contents of 1 Amiens Road – The Michael Galloway Collection

The Sydney office at 39 Queen Street Woollahra focuses on Fine Jewellery and Single-Owner Collections and are able to assist with our other specialist categories.

t 02 9362 9045 m 0403 142 106
e robert.williams@leonardjoel.com.au