“If you buy a painting, it should be one you like, one that you can live with. This I think, is far more important than any investment value.” – Graham Joel
Leonard Joel is thrilled to announce the enormous success of yesterday’s Fine Art & Objet D’Art formerly from the Estate of Graham Joel Auction, where 93% of lots were sold by number and 169% were sold by value – a result of competitive bidding online, over the telephone, and in person. On offer were a beautiful selection of Australian paintings from Graham Joel’s collection, alongside Leonard Joel, Graham’s father’s, collection of antique seals.
The astute auctioneer Graham Joel was a great admirer and collector of Australian art in a time when most of the country was not yet interested, and in 1952, he purchased a sizeable collection of paintings by Australian Impressionists Emanuel Phillips Fox and Ethel Carrick Fox for a very small sum.
Today, these painters are rightfully recognised for the pioneers they were, and in yesterday’s auction, bidders were clamouring to get their hands on the works – both finished pieces and studies that provide a beautiful insight into their practice – which had been off market since Graham acquired them. Highlights included Emanuel Phillips Fox’s Head and Shoulder Study of a Girl with Yellow Hat c. 1910-12, that sold for $18,750 IBP, and Ethel Carrick Fox’s Flower Market Study, that sold for $10,000 IBP.
The antique seal component of the sale performed equally strongly, with bidders desperate to acquire the fob seals, pocket watches, watch keys, vinaigrettes and other objet d’art that held so much history. Highlights included a gold coin vinaigrette comprising two 1805 escudo coins in 20ct gold that sold for $21,875 IBP after an extended bidding competition, and a colourful collection of intaglios including after Giovanni Pichler and Nathaniel Marchant, that sold for $4,000 IBP.
17 May 2021