Celebrating the Cycle of Collecting

Category: Centenary

100 years ago, a young auctioneer by the name of Leonard Joel borrowed 8,000 pounds and conceived an auction house that would celebrate collecting and the magic of discovery that comes with it. At its simplest an auction house is not a particularly remarkable enterprise but add the human element and the sheer breadth of […]

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Rage Against the Machine: Arts & Crafts and The Industrial Revolution

Category: Decorative Arts

The late 19th and early 20th century Decorative Arts across Britain, Europe and beyond was a progressive period that saw a flourish of new ideologies, designs and aesthetics in the wake of the industrial revolution. Avant-garde designers and artists of the period reacted against the industrialisation of the Victorian era and culture of mass production. […]

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The Michael Diamond Olympic Gold Medal Sells For $62,000

Category: Collectables

Olympian Michael Diamond’s first Gold Medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games sold for $62,000 at Leonard Joel yesterday, Thursday 5 December with the buyer stating that he is ‘blown away that this important piece of Australian history is mine.’ A six-time Olympian, Michael Constantine Diamond OAM is Australia’s most decorated Trap shooter, having won […]

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Norman Lindsay: The Artist & His Muse

Category: Fine Art

In ancient Greek mythology, a Muse is said to be an inspirational goddess of the arts. When Renaissance resurrected the principles of Antiquity, the depiction of the muses once again returned, often complemented by various props or emblems. Throughout art history, there have been numerous iconic pairings of artist and muse – Emilie Louise Flöge […]

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Design Icons at Leonard Joel

At Leonard Joel, we’re passionate about the old and the new and as we celebrate our centenary, we’re excited to present Design Icons which brings together three of our newest collecting categories – Modern Design, Luxury and Prints & Multiples – in one weekend of viewing. Join us on 9 & 10 November as we celebrate […]

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100 Years of Auction History

Category: Centenary

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Our centenary book, 100 Years of Auction History, celebrates and documents the evolution of taste, culture and collecting through the eyes of Leonard Joel. The book is available to purchase at our Melbourne and Sydney salerooms, with 100% of proceeds to be donated to the two causes we, as an […]

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22nd Report: Three Years and Real Changes

Category: The 22nd Report

On Thursday 12th September, almost exactly three years since IFAW first made contact with Leonard Joel, we hosted Azzedine Downes, global president and CEO of IFAW for a fund-raising and awareness initiative. The focus of the evening was Leonard Joel’s voluntary policy on the cessation of rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory and the timing of […]

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5 Minutes with Toby Lennox-Hilton

Category: Uncategorized

This issue, we spend 5 minutes with Furniture Manager, Toby Lennox-Hilton, who will sadly be leaving Leonard Joel soon to return to the UK. His calm demeanor and superior styling of the Furniture auction will be missed! Favourite Artist – Lucian Freud – the last master. I was obsessed from the first time I was […]

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Prints & Multiples: Roger Kemp

Category: Prints & Multiples

Roger Kemp’s interests were not in the overriding traditions of figurative and landscape art, nor the prevailing trends in non-objective art of his time, but rather something much deeper and more metaphysical. After completing three years of study at the NGV’s School of Painting in 1935, Roger Kemp remained aloof from the art world for […]

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Luxury: Spring Carnival

Category: Luxury

The 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival is almost underway, bringing with it a flurry of fashion and glamour. Whether you are heading to the elegant Derby Day, Feminine Oaks or prestigious Melbourne Cup, planning an outfit can be a daunting task. Read on to discover how to select winning race day accessories to set you apart […]

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