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An album of rare Japanese woodblock prints sells for $93,750

Category: Sydney

Our Sydney specialists were thrilled to consign an album of vibrantly coloured woodblock prints by Japanese master printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) to our recent Collector’s Auction. The album, containing a complete set of 55 oban yoko-e (horizontal) prints, sold to a determined telephone bidder for $93,750 IBP, a fantastic result for the rare collection of […]

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The Smugglers’ Trail: Uncovering the History of an 18thC British Painting

Category: Sydney

George Morland’s (British, 1763-1804) Jack at the Capstan is a painting which tells two tales – the oil on the canvas tells the story of smugglers battling a storm as they attempt a dangerous landing on the Isle of Wight. However, if you turn this work over, you find another canvas altogether; a verso made […]

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Making Waves: The Symbolism of Water in Art

Category: Fine Art

Water can hold a number of different meanings, especially when included in art. In certain circumstances it may allude to purity and cleansing, or perhaps serenity and tranquility, yet can also symbolise nature’s unpredictability and volatility. Water, or specifically the ocean, carries with it an untamed power. It’s vastness often reminds us of our own […]

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Artist Spotlight: Clarice Beckett

Category: Fine Art

Before adopting Tonalism, Beckett graduated from the National Gallery School, studying under L. Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin in 1916. After leaving the school, she continued her studies with Max Meldrum, working with A.M.E. Bale, Colin Colahan, Percy Leason and Alma Figuerola. Unlike many of her other female counterparts who travelled abroad to further their […]

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Artist Spotlight: David Larwill

Category: Fine Art

As a deeply intuitive artist, David Larwill has drawn on an array of cultural influences including Indigenous art, environmental issues and politics with the style of international artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso influencing his form. His spontaneity in execution and the fleeting qualities of form and movement were highly praised over the course of […]

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Koalas on the endangered list—what it means for their future

Category: The 22nd Report

The up-listing of east coast koalas from Vulnerable to Endangered this March is something the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) campaigned for over the past two years, since the Black Summer fires struck at the heart of already vulnerable koala populations, pushing them to the brink. When the news finally came, however, it was bittersweet.  Bitter […]

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In Conversation with Aileen Brown

Category: In Conversation

This issue, we chat to renowned printmaker Aileen Brown, whose bold, colourful works you may have seen come up at our auctions. She shows us around her studio, garden, and home; all bursting with personality (and art!), with her kittens Ronnie and Minnie in tow… Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice. I […]

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Welcoming John Brans, Leonard Joel’s Western Australia Representative Specialist

Category: Perth

We are so pleased to announce the expansion of our national representative network to Western Australia with the appointment of third generation antique dealer John Brans of Brans Antiques & Art. John Brans and his family are acknowledged as that state’s preeminent antique dealers with deep ties to private, corporate and public clients alike. John’s […]

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“Square-cut or pear-shaped these rocks don’t lose their shape…”

Category: Brisbane

When Marilyn Monroe declared that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, she knew what she was talking about. The diamond is the birthstone for April and comes first in the traditional hierarchy of precious gemstones. First discovered in India in the 4th century, diamonds were adopted for personal adornment by the Romans who believed that […]

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Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth

Category: Prints & Multiples

Austrian-born artist Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth (1891-1978) forged a path for printmaking during the first half of the 20th century. Growing up in modest circumstances, Bresslern-Roth had an appreciation early in life for animals and garden scenes, and during her career often imbued her work with their sense of beauty.  At the young age of ten, […]

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