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Salcedo’s vernissage of ‘Important Philippine Art & Furniture’ well attended

Good sign of normalcy, preview includes works by National Artists, Ah Tay ilustrado bed from Pampango family

Well-attended vernissage at Salcedo Auctions, the first sign that people welcome the eased-up level and are meeting up again.

Salcedo Auctions hosted last Saturday a VIP preview to its first major auction of the year, Important Philippine Art & Furniture, including Tribal & Ethnographic Art.

The by-invitation vernissage held February 26  was well attended—a sign that people are again stepping out, resuming their lifestyle, albeit mindfully, and meeting friends again after nearly two years. Collectors, art lovers, media and Salcedo Auctions’ friends went to Salcedo’s exhibit venue at NEX Tower on Ayala Ave., Makati,  to view over 150 pieces of significant Philippine art, furniture and tribal and ethnographic art which will be up for auction, both live and online, on Saturday, 12 March 2022, 2 pm. at NEX Tower (salcedoauctions.com). Vernissage partner Santa Ana Gin lent an old world touch to the occasion, with its Art Deco-inspired design and ylang-ylang infusion.

The Important Philippine Art & Furniture, including Tribal & Ethnographic Art auction features a wide range of works, from the country’s old and modern master artists and artisans to leading contemporary artists. It’s a tightly curated selection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, and original fine prints, as well as furniture and objets d’art of exquisite craftsmanship. This March auction is held annually, for nearly a decade now, a reliable benchmark of the Philippine art market.

Among the works are the iconic BenCab Larawan, an impressive red abstract expressionist Jose Joya titled Festival, and a rare 1930 oil on canvas by Fernando Amorsolo. National Artists Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, J. Elizalde Navarro, Ang Kiukok, Abdulmari Imao, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, and Larry Alcala also have prominent pieces. They are joined by works by modern masters Mauro Malang Santos, Romulo Olazo, Juvenal Sansó, Nena Saguil, FB Concepcion, Lee Aguinaldo, Pacita Abad and contemporary stalwarts Justin Nuyda, Ramon Orlina, Elmer Borlongan, and Ronald Ventura among many others.

Among the antique furniture, of great note is the Ah Tay Ilustrado Matrimonial Bed, that came from the estate of Magalang, Pampanga’s first doctor, the eminent legislator and former mayor Dr. Andres Luciano. Other highlights include a Bulacan Tambol Aparador, with rich patina and extravagant scale that speaks of a pampered past in a privileged setting. It is joined by a selection showcasing indigenous and ethnographic arts such as a 19th century fine pair of Bu’luls, a Boaya warrior necklace, and an exquisite Tagakaolo costume.

The ‘Important Philippine Art & Furniture, including Tribal & Ethnographic Art’ auction is co-presented by Exclusive Banking Partner HSBC Premier. The auction preview is ongoing Tuesday to Sunday through 11 March from 9AM-5PM at NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue. For inquiries, email [email protected] or phone +63 917 591 2191. Follow @salcedoauctions on Instagram and Facebook.


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