Leonard Joel Sydney will open its doors for a Spring Preview Exhibition next week, presenting a curated selection of highlights from upcoming auctions and notably, two private collections – A Discerning Collection of Jewellery and The Hyde Collection featuring 18th and 19th century porcelain, clocks, fine furniture and paintings.
The Hyde Collection is of outstanding quality and while only a select few pieces will be on display next week, the collection will be exhibited in its entirety later this year prior to the auction in Sydney in December.
Other highlights on display next week include an Audemars Piguet Quantieme Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch. During the 1910s and 1920s, Audemars Piguet began to produce stylised unique perpetual calendar pocket-watches that were superior to those produced by other leading Swiss watchmakers. As the 20th century progressed, the very first wristwatches with perpetual calendar emerged. While these were exceptional, they all lacked the defining element of the perpetual calendar pocket watches that preceded them – the leap year indication. In 1955, Audemars Piguet began production on the very first series of perpetual calendar wristwatches in the world to feature the essential leap year indication.
This example, which will be offered in our Jewels & Watches auction in November with an estimate of $18,000-$22,000 includes the leap year programming and is a Grand Complication watch showing the day of the week (in English, at 9 o’clock), the month (at 12 o’clock), date (at 3 o’clock) and moon phases (at 6 o’clock) and once set, it self-regulates annually.
The exhibition also includes an original Angelo Lelli ‘Model 12919’ Cobra Table Light for Arredoluce. With an enamelled metal base, chrome plated stem and magnetic adjustable metal shade, this modern design classic was first produced in 1962 in Italy. Lelli was an accomplished designer who studied at the University of Decorative Arts in Monza, outside Milan. As early as 1939 he was producing lamp and chandelier designs from a small basement workshop. By 1946 his designs were appearing in Domus Magazine. The Model 12919 was famously first sketched on a paper towel and is sculptural in form. Its cobra-hood shape was revolutionary in that it was one of the first lamps to utilise low voltage, with a transformer hidden in the base. This iconic piece is $6,000-$7,000.
Two significant paintings by major Australian artists will also be exhibited, from our forthcoming Fine Art Auction in November; Tom Robert’s Still Life with Game’ c.1880s (estimate $10,000-$20,000) and Arthur Streeton’s Valley of Sir Richard Arkwright 1911 (estimate $70,000-$90,000).
SPRING PREVIEW AT LEONARD JOEL
Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 September, 10am-4pm
The Bond, Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2021