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To gild the lily or not to gild the lily

Category: Decorative Arts

From the dawn of civilization, humanity has held a reverence for gold, associating its yellow lustre with wealth, prosperity, extravagance, and beauty. If we look through the lens of decorative arts history, we see it epitomised in the sheer abundance of gilded objects, architecture, and ornaments from around the world. For both artists and artisans, […]

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Shining a spotlight on the world’s most trafficked animal

Category: The 22nd Report

One of the most unique mammals in the world – the pangolin – has become a highly prized commodity. Illegally trapped, killed, and trafficked by organised crime networks between countries and continents to feed demand for their scales and meat. From 2016 to 2019, an estimated 206.4 tonnes of pangolin scales were intercepted and confiscated […]

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In Conversation with Emily Nolan

Category: In Conversation

We visited Emily Nolan, founder of Melbourne-born women’s tailoring label E Nolan and enthusiastic Leonard Joel collector, and asked her to share what style, collecting and inspiration means to her.   Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your label, E Nolan? E Nolan started as a way for me to challenge […]

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The Collector’s Auction

Category: Sydney

Highlights of the April Auction   A highlight of the April Collector’s Auction in Sydney is this Roman marble portrait head that has been consigned from the estate of Rodney Ellison. It is rare to find such a fine ancient sculpture in private hands in Australia, and with provenance dating back to 1988. Roman portraits […]

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The art of collecting prints: what to know

Category: Prints & Multiples

Prints and other types of editions are a great place to start for someone who is beginning their art collection, especially if you are working within a budget. Many of your favourite painters of today also work within the medium of print, making it easier to acquire something to add to your collection. The most […]

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Big in China

Category: Luxury

COVID-19-related store closures and financial uncertainty may have caused concern and anxiety for most of us; however, the world’s luxury brands have been raking in big dollars. Most international luxury brands are posting significant growth as we sit at home spending our stimulus money, or is there another reason for the upward trend? On top […]

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Pierre Cardin, A Legacy Of Everything 1922 – 2020

Category: Modern Design

“I like to draw without constraint of corners, corridors, rooms or walls. Make sleeves to dresses or feet to a table, it’s the same thing” Pierre Cardin   Pierre Cardin died at 98 years old last year, in a time of upheaval, confusion and complete uncertainty of what the creative world holds for us all […]

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Welcoming Ronan Sulich

Category: Sydney

We are thrilled to welcome Ronan Sulich to the Leonard Joel team as Senior Adviser. Based in our Sydney saleroom, Ronan will assist in the curation and presentation of our Important Collections as well as our popular Collector’s Auctions. We sit down with the highly credentialed specialist and auctioneer to find out more about his […]

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Chinese Symbolism In Jade Pieces From The Gwenneth Haines Collection

Category: Asian Art

In Chinese culture, plant, animal and other symbols have been used  for thousands of years to represent ideas, through the qualities they represent, or through their names sounding like other auspicious words. The Gwenneth Haines Collection contains a number of beautiful Qing Dynasty jades whose sizes are small, but nevertheless are packed with propitious messages.  […]

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Chinoiserie: Europe’s Fascination with Eastern Culture and Design

Category: Decorative Arts

The “exotic” has inspired western design and style for centuries, with writers, designers and artists drawing from Eastern cultures to create their own interpretations and imitations of the motifs and designs they admired. This European practice is known broadly as Orientalism and Chinoiserie, and original pieces are covetable and valuable to this day. Limited travel […]

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