Leonard Joel holds first auction in new Sydney premises

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 17th October, 2018

Decorative arts is the subject of Leonard Joel’s first auction at its new Sydney premises in The Bond, Queen Street, Woollahra.

Built in 1870 and originally a Masonic Lodge, this historic building contains a ground floor gallery and space to host viewings, auctions and other events.

The decorative arts auction, from 6pm Tuesday October 23, includes several local and interstate collections – including rare and important 18th century porcelain.

One of the main features of the 18th century collection is a rare 1739 Meissen documentary coffee cup and saucer (lot 122).

Other pieces are from such factories as Chelsea, Chantilly, Mennecy, Worcester and Saint-Cloud.

Further highlights include the Boorman Collection (lots 70-86), showcasing high quality Asian furniture and objects from pre-World War II Shanghai.

The war tore the family apart, but somehow the collection remained intact and was brought to Sydney in the 1950s once family members were reunited.

From a private Queensland collection, Josiah Wedgwood’s famous Portland vase (lot 250) is the result of four years of dedication to perfect a duplicate in black and white Jasperware of the original Roman cameo glass (AD 1 and AD 25).

Auction goers will be pleasantly surprised at the selection of English silver and furniture and also a pair of rare 17th century Venetian screens (circa 1660 - lot 15) with 24 panels revealing pictorial scenes of the siege and sacking of Constantinople in 1453.

Renowned jeweller August Peyroula (1904-1937) is represented through a beautiful art deco gold compact (lot 301). Peyroula also designed for Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Other items of note include a silver gilt and cloisonné enamel box by Feodor, a circa 1820s bronze and Sienna marble French mantel clock and an early 20th century Chinese hardwood altar table.

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