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Brisbane Valuation Day: 26 Nov

Category: Valuations

BRISBANE VALUATION DAY 26 November, 10am – 3pm The Calile Hotel, 48 James St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 We are delighted to announce that Troy McKenzie has been appointed as Leonard Joel’s Representative Specialist for Queensland. Troy is a Queenslander by birth and is a respected and trusted member of the Queensland community. For almost […]

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A Look at Fred Williams’ ‘Bayswater Landscape’

Category: Fine Art

  After travelling abroad for many years, Fred Williams returned to Australia, settling in the outskirts of Melbourne. Reacquainting himself with the local landscape, he dedicated his practice to what was in front of him. Williams set out to challenge his perception of the humble gum tree, this landscape was now somewhat unfamiliar to him, […]

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The ‘tick-tock’ of a Pocket Watch

Category: Fine Jewels

Following their development in the 16th Century, pocket watches were the most commonly used type of watch until the rise in popularity of wrist watches after World War I. Until the late 18th Century, pocket watches were luxury items that went beyond practicality, with their beautiful craftsmanship and design giving an insight into a gentleman’s […]

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Turquoise: The Ancient Gemstone

Category: Fine Jewels

Turquoise is among the world’s most ancient gemstones, with records indicating it has been used since 4000 BC. Archaeological excavations revealed turquoise buried in Ancient Egyptian tombs (Ancient Egyptians called turquoise ‘Mefkat’ which also means ‘joy’ and ‘delight’), and Chinese artisans were carving it more than 3000 years ago. In 1519, Montezuma, ruler of the Aztec […]

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New Australian Auction Jewellery Record Set as 17.34ct Diamond Ring sells

Category: Important Jewels

Leonard Joel is thrilled to announce that on the 26th of August 2020 in Sydney its Important Jewels department realised a new Australian auction record for a piece of jewellery. The previous record of $450,000 was well and truly smashed when Lot 35, an impressive 17.34 carat emerald-cut diamond ring set in platinum, sold for […]

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John Schaeffer AO – A Collecting Legacy

Category: Private Collections

Leonard Joel was honoured to have been appointed to curate and celebrate the collection of this connoisseur-collector with an international eye that Sydney will forever remember. On Tuesday night, a new generation of collectors, from both Australia and abroad, claimed their part of this important decorative arts collection. The auction, held over a day and […]

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A Return to the Fantastical: Four Female Illustrators You Should Know

Category: Fine Art

The current market indicates an increasing fascination with the fantastical world. Here are four of Australia’s greatest female illustrators you should watch out for at auction.   Ida Rentoul Outhwaite Ida Rentoul Outhwaite came from a gifted artistic family and was brought up in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. She began her artistic exploration by illustrating stories […]

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In Memory of John Rosenberg, 1938-2020

Born in Geelong in 1938, John began collecting at a very young age, finding his first pieces on the neighbourhood tip! His Grandmother took him to his first auction at age 7, and he was buying and selling “old things” by his mid teens. A local elderly antiques dealer took a shine to John, and […]

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The critical role of law enforcement at preventing future pandemics

Category: The 22nd Report

Many of you will already be aware from previous articles, that Leonard Joel and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) formed an unlikely friendship, which has already driven critical momentum for change within the environmental sector.  The following is taken from part of the testimony provided by Dr. Jimmiel Mandima, Deputy Director of Conservation at […]

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Valuations

Category: Valuations

Leonard Joel is the only auction house in Australia with a dedicated Valuations department, enabling us to offer a broad range of specialist expertise for the valuation and auction of single items and entire collections. Like so much of Leonard Joel’s activity, our monthly valuation evenings have had to adapt during these times of change, […]

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