Leonard Joel

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Specialist rugs - one suitable for every home

Of the six auctions Leonard Joel is holding on Thursday November 20, the specialist rug sale is the one that could create the most interest. 

Beginning at 2pm at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra, the auction features a range of superfine qum, pure Caspian silk examples of various designs including an unusual sunburst medallion set within a secondary hexagonal field of intricate floral motifs.

Other rugs include a fine Bidjar Gholtogh from the Kurdistan region of Iran and a fine Isfahan example featuring a classic Persian design of a floral medallion.

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Leonard Joel auctions cover a wide range of subjects - all on the one day

This week is a busy time for Leonard Joel with seven auctions on Thursday November 13, beginning with Vintage Interiors – Furniture and Aboriginal art at 10am, at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Other auctions to feature on the day include Vintage Interiors – Jewellery and Luxury (10.30am), Australiana and the Pacific (10.30am), Specialist Print (11.30am), Vintage Interiors – Books & Objects (12pm) and Modern Design & a rare Emilio Pucci collection (6.30pm).

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Single owner collections a Leonard Joel auction highlight

A series of single owner collections for Leonard Joel’s latest furniture and objects auction from noon Sunday October 26 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra should have auction goers rubbing their hands with glee.

According to Leonard Joel’s head of classic furniture and objects Guy Cairnduff the items for auction are from the some of the most robust categories in the traditional decorative arts market.

“Many items have been kept together as collection to retain an element of their original owner’s intent in their acquisition,” he said.

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Arts Project Australia charity auction features well-known names

Arts Project Australia will hold a fundraising auction to celebrate its 40th anniversary from 3pm Sunday October 5 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Based in Northcote, the organisation is a centre for excellence that supports artists with intellectual disabilities to become practitioners in the visual arts – and all the funds raised will be donated to Arts Project Australia to help continue its work.

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Militaria from American Civil War part of military auction

Sixty lots of militaria from the 1850s to the 1940s – including items from the American Civil War, Boer War, World War I and World War II – will be auctioned by Leonard Joel from noon Thursday September 25 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Auction highlights include a Webley & Scott flare pistol and Turkish belt buckly believed to have been souvenired by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Rankine of the 14th Battalion AIF during World War I.

Leonard Joel sold his Gallipoli DSO, medal group and diary in May last year for $36,000 including buyers’ premium.

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100 years of photographic history to go under hammer

More than 100 years of photographic history will be highlighted in Leonard Joel’s cameras and photography auction from noon Thursday September 25 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The oldest items on offer are 19th century hand painted magic lantern slides, then they proceed through the stereoscope era to what purists describe as the best 35mm camera ever made – the Leica M3.

According to objects, books and collectibles manager Sasa Mitic cameras are beginning to see a similar resurgence in popularity – similar to that currently being enjoyed by vinyl records.

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Leonard Joel adapts to changing auction art trends

In Leonard Joel’s 95th year as an auction house, head of art Sophie Ullen reflects in the latest catalogue on how the business has adapted to changing Australian and European art trends while retaining its eclectic appetite for all fine art periods as the company gets ready for its fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday September 16 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

“It seems to me that in 2014 a street art auction, a contemporary art sale or even the estate of Pro Hart sits as comfortably at Leonard Joel as the traditional fine art categories,” she said.

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First Sydney auction for Leonard Joel

Jewels and objets d’art will be the highlight of Leonard Joel’s inaugural $1.3 million Sydney auction from 1pm Sunday August 24 at the Intercontinental Hotel, 117 Macquarie Street.

One of the major attractions is a Cartier gold panther double cuff never before seen at an Australian auction.

Another intriguing item is the “Face and Owl” vase by Pablo Picasso.

Heading the Asian objects is a significant and elegant blue and white bluster vase – while international makers such as Faberge, Lalique, Galle, Meissen and Chiparus populate the collection.

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Four auctions in one day for Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel has four interesting auctions on Thursday August 7 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The first, at 10am, is a Vintage Interiors – Furniture sale followed 30 minutes later by the start of the Designer Jewellery auction and, at 11am, by the Specialist Print auction.

The last auction to start is Vintage Interiors – Books & Objects.

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Pro Hart auction paintings convey the very essence of Australian life

Kevin Charles (Pro) Hart is probably best remembered for his outrageous Stainmaster advertisements, where he was busy creating works of art from food on carpet by sliding around on his stomach on the floor before an enterprising female cleaner vacuumed up the creation without leaving a trace.

However, Pro Hart was much more than an advertising stunt. Born in Broken Hill in 1928, this prolific artist created and sold thousands of works during his lifetime and is possibly one of the most recognisable painters of his day.

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