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We asked the Thursday Auction managers to reveal their favourite piece of 2018…

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Objects, Books & Collectables Manager
03 8825 5604 | moira.rogers@leonardjoel.com.au
These medals were undoubtedly my favourite item this year. They landed at Leonard Joel tucked away in a box containing many other items and I was immediately drawn to them. The vendor had no information about them other than they had been in the family for many years. My initial attraction was to their beautiful engraving, so elegantly and artfully done. I then began to journey into the origins and history of the medals and discovered that they were from early colonial Australia. It is a lovely experience to have a part of Australia’s history pass through your hands. It led me into the archives of Melbourne’s first educational institutions and to reflect on the early beginnings of the city and how it became the metropolitan that I love today. Two very small, seemingly insignificant pieces of silver that will now circulate and inspire further research and interest from a very happy buyer.

Bethany Mc GOUGAN
Bethany McGougan, Manager
03 8825 5645 | bethany.mcgougan@leonardjoel.com.au
For me, jewellery is incredibly sentimental and so when this locket passed over my desk I was immediately drawn to it. The forget-me-not has been used as a symbol in jewellery since the 19th century and saw a surge in popularity during the romantic movement of the Edwardian period. Soldiers heading to World War I would gift beautiful enamelled pieces as memento’s to loved ones, a tradition that carried well into the Second World War. Not only is it a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, but it is also wonderfully sentimental – and I wasn’t at all surprised when it fetched a hammer price that was double the estimate.

Furniture & Interiors, Manager
03 8825 5640 | furniture@leonardjoel.com.au
We have sold an eclectic range of treasures in the Interiors & Furniture Department this year but the piece, which resonates with me most, is an antique stain glass window that sold in August. The provenance was unknown to us beside an inscription dating back to 1917 ‘in loving memory of sisters Stella and Irene’. I appreciated the intricate details and it’s craftsmanship, however, like many mysterious items that have passed through our doors this year, we were unsure how it would resonate with clients. It happened to be sunny on viewing day and I still recall how the sunlight was beaming through the 2.4-metre tall window and how the piece’s various coloured panels were glowing sublimely. Fortunately, I was not the only one who appreciated the splendour of this piece as it sold for $2,800 after a bidding frenzy with bidders in-room, online and on the telephone.

Art Salon, Manager
03 8825 5630 | lucy.foster@leonardjoel.com.au
2018 was a wonderful year for the Art Salon, we saw some fantastic artworks come to market. However, if I had to choose, my favourite piece would be the Portrait of Creole Boy. The unusual subject matter and vibrant pink background immediately caught my eye, and I was thrilled to offer it for auction. Not much is known about the artist, except that it was most likely a work of a student in the National Gallery School. Although we were not able to attribute it to a particular artist, it is a fine example of the Australian School, and achieved an exceptional result at auction. It is thrilling when a work like this catches your eye and I loved spending the the time researching it. A definite highlight for 2018.

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