Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

French drawing of Bathurst sees auction daylight

An 1819 drawing of Bathurst by little known French midshipmen and naval draughtsman J. Alphonse Pellion (1796-1868) is one of the interesting drawcards at Leonard Joel’s fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday March 24 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Pellion was an officer aboard the Uraine that Louis-Claude de Freycinet commanded during a three-year scientific journey – from which the latter later authored the Atlas Historique.

On November 18, 1819 the corvette docked at Port Jackson and remained there for five weeks before sailing for France.

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Graham Geddes collection to go under hammer

One of Melbourne’s leading antiques traders Graham Geddes is about to see the premises from which he has operated for the past 40 years demolished to make way for a residential development.

Since 1972, the sprawling building at 877 High Street, Armadale has been the haven for many of the finest antiques and collectables ever seen in Melbourne.

As a result of the impending closure, Leonard Joel – in association with Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London – will auction on site the entire Geddes stock over two days from 11am Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22.

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Connoissuer collection an auctioneer's dream

Leonard Joel will auction the Dr George Wilcox collection from 1pm Sunday March 8 at the Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay 33 Cross Street, Double Bay in Sydney as part of its Jewels and Objets D’Art sale.

The late doctor was a connoisseur of fine clocks, furniture, silver and decorative arts - particularly of English origin. 

Dr Wilcox shared the collecting bug with his wife Pam – so much so that George always bought the antiques while his wife exclaimed, “George, you can’t afford that!”.

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Model vehicles, soldiers and dolls dominate collectibles auction

Model vehicles, soldiers and dolls dominate the items at Leonard Joel’s first collectibles auction for the year from noon Thursday February 5 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Collectors should find the Dinky 36C Humber Vogue saloon complete with driver and footman particularly appealing, along with two Dinky 36E British Salmson two-seater sports cars and a 36F four-seater sports.

Other popular collectible models to feature are two Dinky 36G black roof taxis with drivers. One model is maroon, the other green and both have smooth tyres and open rear windows.

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Leonard Joel holds its first musical instruments auction

An inaugural musical instrument sale featuring several valuable violins, guitars and woodwind instruments will add yet another string to the auction house bow of Leonard Joel from 1pm Thursday December 11 at 33 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The instruments date from an early 19th century boxwood and ivory flute by H. Wrede, violin bows by W.E. Hill and Son and a cello attributed to Joseph Thomas Klotz of Mittenwald to the a 1930s near mint condition resonator guitar by Dobro.

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Blinky Bill fans chance to buy animation history

Blinky Bill fans have their final chance to take advantage of a rare opportunity to own a slice of Australian animation history before the online auction – run by Leonard Joel – finishes Friday December 5.

The online auction, which began on November 21 and is being conducted in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, features 25 hand painted signed animal cels of the loveable koala and his friends – donated by creators Yoram Gross Film Studio.

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A jewellery auction to suit style lovers

For lovers of style, Leonard Joel’s forthcoming Fine Jewellery Auction highlights the popularity of cocktail jewellery, particularly among many of the legendary Hollywood stars such as Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor.

The auction, from 6pm Monday December 1 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, features such gems as a bouquet brooch by Santagostino – intricate, beautiful and colourful, but still, according to experts, subtle in nature.

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European art a strong auction feature

European art features strongly in Leonard Joel’s final fine art auction for the year – headlined by French Expressionist Bernard Buffet’s Nature Morte à la Cafetière Verte, held for more than 40 years in the one collection, and Lucien Adrion’s Regatta, France.

The auction, from 6.30pm Tuesday December 2 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, contains a private collection of Polish art from the turn of the 20th century – spearheaded by Jacek Malczewski’s significant Self Portrait 1902.

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Jewellery and art to delight Sydney auction crowd

Leonard Joel’s latest Jewels & Objets D’Art auction is aimed at offering Sydney collectors a comprehensive range of fine jewellery, wristwatches and unusual art objects.

The sale, from 1pm Sunday November 23 at the Keltie Cove Room in the Intercontinental Sydney Hotel at 33 Cross Street, Double Bay, is an interesting mix of collectables that should appeal to all collector tastes.

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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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