Top image shows “Vigan” by Antonio Calma.
Manila, Philippines – A new normal for most auction houses, Casa de Memoria, along Roxas Boulevard, holds its third digital auction for the year, “Tercero,” on Saturday, 26 September 2020, at 2 p.m. Register to bid HERE.
For the bidders, prices start P5,000 only for a 20th-century European porcelain card case or a 1930’s French Art Deco clear glass bowl by Pierre d’Avesn.
“Tercero,” which boasts heritage pieces from around the world, also highlights artworks from the Philippines, especially those of renowned Spanish-Filipino visual artist Fernando de Ayala y Montojo (“La Piedra del Caballo,” “Fragmento del Altar Mayor de la Catedral de Santiago”), Filipino sculptor Isabelo Tampinco (a gladiator soldier in marble cast), and Filipino painter Antonio Ko Jr. (“Filipina Mestiza”).
Other pieces by celebrated Filipino artists include the 20th-century oil on canvas painting series, which depict various rural scenes by Antonio Calma, and a 20th-century acrylic on canvas painting by J.D. Castro, which similarly pictures a pastoral setting, but set against a beautiful sunset.
Paintings are go-to pieces to create visual statements and tell stories in a home setting. According to interior designer Ram Bucoy, who was a guest speaker at “Terceros” recent press gathering, “You can dress up your walls with paintings that speak to you.”
Lifestyle and brand consultant Monchet Olives assures the “Tercero,” along with Casa de Memoria’s recent auction events, only offers pieces that would best complement your home’s interiors. Although the auction’s lots are from the old times, there’s nothing to worry about mixing the past with the present.
“A room’s design can be taken to the next level with at least one antique item in every room,” Bucoy said. “A vintage piece can fit into any home by pairing with contemporary pieces. For example, the 17th-century Flemish Bargueno (Lot 16) from the ‘Tercero’ auction can add boldness to the room by accessorizing with jars and plants.”
Trust me, and it isn’t frumpy. It brings so much character into a space,” he said. “Juxtaposing the old and the new can give rooms a more youthful feel.
Casa de Memoria donates part of the proceeds to Santa Ana Hospital in Manila; the funds will help construct and maintain an enhanced quarantine facility for medical frontliner and COVID-19 patients.
Check out the auction’s catalog HERE.