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Jonathan Matti, Ivy and Cynthia Almario, Stephanie Frondoso create vignettes for collectors

‘art+design’ auction of Gavel&Block has objects, art by the masters, that spur conversations

LLADRÓ, Torero, 1950s, Porcelain

Gavel&Block, subsidiary of the country’s premier auction house Salcedo Auctions, was created to cater to a burgeoning contemporary audience of design-savvy individuals looking to start or enhance their personal collections. Its forthcoming “art+design” auction presents a unique opportunity to discover pieces that reflect their unique taste and style.

FEDERICO AGUILAR ALCUAZ, Untitled (Yellow Abstract), 1973, Watercolor on paper

The “art+design” auction goes online via the Salcedo Auctions website on Saturday, May 21, 2022. It will have a diverse collection of over 600 lots of art, furniture, and decor across a wide range of styles and periods. Over the years, Gavel&Block has gained a reputation for pieces that are always, as Salcedo managing director Victor Silvino notes, “above the ordinary.”

The May edition of “art+design” features the stylings of four of Manila’s most sought-after creative stalwarts.

Interior designer Jonathan Matti’s ability to blend art, decor, and furniture from various genres shapes an exciting contemporary Filipino aesthetic. The auction house pays homage to Matti’s singular style with a vignette featuring pieces chosen from an expansive and eclectic room list to convey Matti’s take on luxury.

ARTURO LUZ, Imaginary Landscape Series, 2016, C-Print on Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag Archival Paper

Interior designers, sisters Ivy and Cynthia Almario, run their design studio, Atelier Almario. Their fine taste and decorating savvy will be showcased in a special space that reflects their imaginative take on the contemporary Filipino mood.

Curator, writer, and artist Stephanie Frondoso, who draws from extensive travel to shape her perspectives in art and design, creates a vignette in this auction that echoes Stephanie’s successful interdisciplinary practice.

MAURO MALANG SANTOS, A Slice of Watermelon, 1992, Serigraph

The lots going under the gavel include works by National Artists H.R. Ocampo, Vicente Manansala, Arturo Luz, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Abdulmari Imao, Cesar Legaspi, and Larry Alcala. The line-up also puts on view the works of modern masters Juvenal Sansó, Mauro Malang Santos, Romeo Tabuena, and leading contemporary Filipino visual artists Emmanuel Garibay, Jigger Cruz, Olan Ventura, and Lao Lianben.

BACCARAT, A Limited Edition ‘Eagle Owl’, Crystal Figurine

The online auction includes an assortment of fine Baccarat and Lalique crystal, porcelain sculptures from the Spanish luxury brand Lladró, antique furniture, sterling silver, rare books and maps, limited edition prints, and other valuable collectibles with a design focus, as well as religious and ethnographic pieces.

Now on its second edition, Gavel&Block “art+design” auction meets the public’s desire for thoughtfully selected objects that inspire aesthetic pleasure and convivial thoughts and conversations.

JUNEVAL SANSO, Upright and Fulfilled, Undated, Acrylic on paper

The Gavel&Block ‘art+design’ auction goes online on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11 am. Register to bid and browse the catalogue at For inquiries, email [email protected] or call tel. nos. 8823-0956 or (0917)107-5581.

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