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Collectable 19th Century Australian Jewellery

Category: Fine Jewels

The discovery of gold deposits in Australia brought about significant economic, political, and social changes that were reflected in the decorative arts of the period. Perhaps more than any other medium, jewellery reflected the considerable societal changes taking place. Gold was discovered in Victoria in 1851, bringing about a wave of immigration with almost 300,000 […]

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Diamond: The Birthstone of April

Category: Important Jewels

Sparkling with unmatched brilliance and internal fire Long before the inception of the zodiac and lunar calendar, gemstones held a special place in the human psyche for their perceived magical powers and channelling of cosmic energy fields for wellness. Of all the gemstones, however, the esteemed diamond remains at the pinnacle of those most coveted […]

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Ethel Carrick Fox and Emanuel Phillips Fox: A Historic Partnership

Category: Private Collections

Fine Art & Objet D’Art formerly from the Estate of Graham Joel Emanuel Phillips Fox and Ethel Carrick Fox remain two of Australia’s most revered Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. Separately, their careers followed different paths each with varying success, but together they formed a partnership that has remained unmatched in the course of Australian art. […]

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Collectors Still Gather

Several years ago in Hong Kong I was hitching a ride on one of their fantastically long subway escalators when I noticed a series of beautiful advertising light boxes. What captivated me was the byline “Collectors Gather Here”. Simple and poetic is why it engaged me and I started thinking about that line again, and […]

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The Hula Hoop Reinvented

Category: Luxury

  Do you remember gymnastics in primary school when you were forced to Hula Hoop for aerobic heath? Well, I do and I hated it! Back then the hoops were made of bamboo, an Australian invention I’m told. The problem for me was that I could never keep the damn thing twirling around my waist […]

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Patricia Kontos Joins Leonard Joel

Category: Fine Jewels

We are thrilled to advise of a new appointment and the expansion of our office network that completes Leonard Joel’s strategy for eastern seaboard auction market coverage for our national jewellery department. Patricia Kontos, former jewellery specialist with Sotheby’s joins the Leonard Joel Melbourne Jewellery team as Senior Jewellery Specialist, and Troy McKenzie in Brisbane now […]

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The Story of Papunya Tula

Category: Indigenous Art

In Australia’s centre, some 250kms west of Alice Springs, Papunya in 1971 was known as a government reserve established to house the Pintupi, Luritja, Walpiri and Anmatyerre people after they had been displaced from their original communities. A young, enthusiastic school teacher at the Papunya School, Geoffrey Bardon, encouraged his students to paint murals using […]

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IFAW’s continued work to rescue and protect animals around the world  

Category: The 22nd Report

Despite the unprecedented obstacles the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s work never stopped. IFAW teams around the world adapted to a new way of working to best help animals and support our local communities as they overcame COVID-19 hardships. Through it all came incredible stories of triumph and perseverance. IFAW’s Disaster Response team deployed to the hardest hit areas […]

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5 Minutes with Troy McKenzie

Category: Valuations

In this interview, we chat to Troy McKenzie, our Queensland Representative Specialist. Troy has a background in jewels, and shares some of his personal favourite designers as well as giving us a glimpse of life in sunny Brisbane. 1. FAVOURITE MAKER / ARTIST It is hard to choose only one – I am a lover […]

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Invader: Work in Pixels

Category: Prints & Multiples

When we talk of Street Art, we inevitably list graffiti, collage, murals, stencils and lastly, mosaic tiling. All these mediums have several representatives and masters, except for the last one. Invader is the original creator of in situ mosaic tiling as Street Art. Working anonymously, he is, along with Banksy, one of the world’s most […]

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