While time can tell us a lot by just sifting through important events in history, it is undeniable that there’s a lot of story to be told by just looking at a certain object.
This is what Casa de Memoria recognizes as it officially host an auction event to take place in 156 Jupiter Corner Comet Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City this coming Saturday, March 17, 2018. More than just being an intricate piece to be included may it be on your living room, dining room, or art room – these pieces, will all their delicate details will let you relieve the past by just a glance.
Here are some most notable pieces out of the collection that’s worthy of your attention:
1. Portuguese Chairs with Brass-Buttoned Leather Upholsters – Starting bid: PhP 240,000.00
This set of four chairs coming from the 20th century out of the furniture collection comes leather-upholstered with stamped vegetal motif, held by polished brass buttons on both the backrest and the seat. It is also made of walnut and other exotic wood, with the chair’s twisted stretchers joining its turned legs.
2. Portuguese Cabinet-On-Stand in Brazilian Rosewood – Starting bid: PhP 180,000.00
With its intricate details dated on the latter half of the 17th century, this cabinet-on-stand comes made of Brazilian rosewood, with eight drawers simulating twelve. It also carries notable Portuguese ribbings, turned legs and stretches, and chinoiserie bronze mounts. Although with signs if previous restoration, this piece is still notable because of its beauty.
3. Portuguese Baroque Retablo – Starting bid: PhP 180,000.00
With elements mirroring the 17th century Portuguese Baroque style, this piece off the woodwork collection is a retablo in wood made of chestnut.
4. Oceanic Male Mythical Serpentine Figure on Wood – Starting bid: 60,000.00
Hailing from Papua New Guinea, this is a 20th century piece of a wooden sculpture of a male mythical figure, with serpentine features ascribable to prevalent snake worship in Oceanic cultures.
5. Antique French Tapestry (116 x 269 cm) – Starting bid: PhP 160,000.00
With its beauty exuding from its antique physique, this 19th century French piece from the carpets and tapestries collection depicts a landscape with horseman and dogs at mid-ground, and a castle on the background. It is bordered with vase, masques, vegetal, and floral motifs.
6. Hexagonal Arraiolos Carpet (172 x 152 cm) – Starting bid: PhP 150,000.00
This piece is a 20th century hexagonal carpet from Portuguese with lattice and floral motifs in earth tones of ecru and green.
7. Cobalt Jar with Cover, Carrying Mandarin Gold Illustrations in Qianlong Period Style – Starting bid: 200,000.00
Etched with details rich in story, this jar off the porcelain and ceramics collection is easily a show-stealer. It is a Qianlong (1736-1795) style porcelain jar with cover, in deep cobalt color carrying illustrations of pagoda, landscape, figures, and flowers in Mandarin gold.
8. Green-glazed Porcelain Foo Dog at Rest – Starting bid: PhP 50,000.00
An ancient 19th century piece from China, this is a green-glazed porcelain foo dog at rest, with luring well-rounded black eyes, prominent nose, and fine hair details.
9. Madonna and Child in Blanc de Chine – Starting bid: PhP 150,000.00
A piece dated late 17th to mid-18th century, this Madonna and Child in Blanc de Chine resembles Chinese Guanyin of Japanese Kannon – the Buddhist feminine deity of compassion – with her hair after Buddhist fashion and foo dog at base.
10. Five Heads (32.5 x 87 cm, with frame) – Starting bid: PhP 550,000.00
A masterpiece of Romeo Tabuena, this mid-20th century oil painting showcases abstracted heads with “jagged, angular features suggesting years of toil and arduous struggle.” In sepia-to-dark tones, it interestingly reflects the artist’s inclination to “folk subjects.”