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Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Category: Luxury

The appointment of Alessandro Michele as Gucci’s creative director in 2015 saw a seismic shift in the creative direction of the label. Since acceding to this position, maximalism has been at the forefront of Michele’s aesthetic. We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of colour, textures and layers, all flaunted with abundant eccentricity. […]

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A Space Oddity

Category: Modern Design

“If somebody asked me about my inspiration, I would say that it’s not the people, and it’s not the things, it’s travel and experience of different environments” Marc Newson Australian born Marc Newson is one of the world’s most sought after industrial designers of the 21st century. His ability to work around different typologies has […]

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Cool, Collaborative Collecting

Category: Design Week

When our new Marketing Manager, Blanka Nemeth, asked me to introduce Design Icons Week I admit I was at a bit of a loss. While I certainly appreciate the form of a simple Featherston chair, find the emergence of the great leathermaker Hermes at auction completely logical and am impressed by Banksy’s clear skill in […]

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Affandi: The Artist Who Said “No” to a Million Dollars

Category: Fine Art

Affandi – If you’re in the art world of Asia, India or Europe, the name carries a breath of something special. Arguably Indonesia’s best known painter in the 20th century, Affandi is a towering figure in the history of Indonesian modern art. An artist known to break away from Indonesian stereotypes and traditional expectations, Affandi himself was not […]

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Brazil Modern: Leonard Joel x Mama Casa

Category: Modern Design

It is with great pleasure that Leonard Joel, in collaboration with Mama Casa, presents highlights of ETEL’s Brazil Modern collection, for sale and viewing in an Australian debut. This collection brings together iconic pieces by Brazil’s most renowned designers from the mid century period. We are thrilled to showcase these pieces in a curated exhibition […]

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The Bushfire Relief Auction Raises Over $300,000

We are very excited to announce that we have raised more than $300,000 to be donated directly to the communities that need it most, through the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. Since our announcement, support for this event has been overwhelming. We would like to sincerely thank all of our fantastic donors, sponsors, bidders and everyone who attended the event […]

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The Bushfire Relief Auction: Japanese Highlights

In this post, we shine a light on a beautiful selection of Japanese Works of Art (Lots 121-127) in our forthcoming Bushfire Relief Auction, generously donated by renowned gallerist, Lesley Kehoe. Internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading Japanese art dealers since 1981, Lesley Kehoe celebrates and is dedicated to the refined Japanese aesthetic […]

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The Bushfire Relief Auction: Brian Corr

“I continually seek a deeper understanding of the world in which we live and the nature of our experience within it…” Brian Corr TIMSHEL by artist Brian Corr is one of the highlights of Leonard Joel’s forthcoming Bushfire Relief Auction. This extraordinary powerful sculpture, generously donated by the artist, is also imbued with a sense of stillness […]

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22nd Report

Category: The 22nd Report

Australia has started 2020 with prolonged and devastating bushfires. In place of our usual 22nd Report on our cessation of trade in ivory and rhino horn, we spoke to our friends at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) about their work in relation to the bushfires. — 1. Has the recent rain helped with […]

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A Victorian Collective Effort

A Fundraising Auction At Leonard Joel, we considered it our first priority for 2020 to in some way meaningfully assist with bushfire relief. In the first week of January this found its form with four emails I received, all within the space of seven days and all from individuals and organisations in Victoria concerned and […]

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