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Sanso, Joya, Nena Saguil lead gavel&block’s May edition

Beautiful masterpieces conjure your escape from Manila's stifling heat

The room list includes several works by Juvenal Sanso, including (left) an untitled 15 ½ x 20 ½ inch oil on canvas estimated at Php 1,200,000 - Php 1,400,000, and (right) “As Sea Waves Rise,” 26 3/4 x 20 inches, acrylic on canvas, estimated at Php 350,000 - Php 380,000.

In the insufferable Philippine heat, gavel&block online auction takes art collectors and viewers to a vicarious tropical paradise experience, of lush greens and blooms, cool waters, and a soothing breeze—all conjured through significant Philippine art. This is on May 11, 2 pm.

In the online limelight is Juvenal Sanso’s untitled ethereal painting of a seaside patch with vibrant flora crawling from scraggly rock forms, azure waters in the horizon,  a serene moon over it. The artist’s more recent As Sea Waves Rise is just as soothing, a joyous dance of jagged blues and greens against the scorching yellow of a sun ablaze.

Also a cooling balm to the viewer’s eye and spirit is Rafael Cusi’s untitled watercolor of fishes amid the ocean bed’s flora, with the languid scene above water of boats anchored against varying shades of blues.

Lui Manaig’s Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosity, 41 1/4 x 26 3/4 inches, mixed media, signed and dated ‘2015,’ estimated at P26,000–P28,000 ; Jill Paz’s untitled work (‘Brook #9’), 43 x 43 inches, laser cutter on board, estimated at P40,000–P43,000.

Lui Manaig paints the pool alongside other images in Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosity. There’s also Jill Paz’s bucolic scene in an untitled work (Brook #9), a river fringed with blooms.

Isabel Santos’ ‘Perfumed,’ 48 x 56 inches, acrylic on canvas, estimated at P380,000–P430,000; John Marin’s ‘From Me to You 2,’ 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas, estimated at P45,000–P48,000.

There’s the explosion of blooms in John Marin’s monochrome Me to You 2, and colors depicted in vibrant abstractions by Nena Saguil in an untitled work from 1979, Isabel Santos’ Perfumed, and Kristoffer Ardena’s Carl Lopez. It is also about traversing parched landscapes and discovering the uncharted, as suggested by the sepia tones of National Artist Jose Joya’s acrylic collage, Cave Offspring, from 1985.

Jose Joya’s ‘Cave Offspring’ collage, 22 ½ x 15 inches , estimated at P2,200,000–P2,400,000; Nena Saguil’s untitled mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, estimated at P350,000–P400,000.

These pieces are showcased alongside collectible furniture: a ’60s-era lounge set designed by Italian legend Tito Agnoli for Pierantonio Bonacina, or a classic ambassador set with goldfish motif.

’60s-era lounge set designed by Italian legend Tito Agnoli for Pierantonio Bonacina at P60,000–P65,000; a pair of Qing style cabinets, estimated at P70,000–P75,000.

gavel&block’s room list has other wonderful collectibles, from antiques, decor, religious objects, to fine jewelry and watches. Some highlights from the furniture section include a pair of Qing style Chinese cabinets, a seven-piece Arte Español iron and glass lanai set, and a grand 19th century Gapan comoda. Collectors of ecclesiastical relics can choose from a tightly curated series, among them a mannequin style Sagrada Familia tableau, and two 19th century Santo Cristos depicted in distinctive classical and folk styles.

Omega Speedmaster Racing estimated at P400,000–P450,000; classic Chanel quilted bag estimated at P100,000–P110,000; Hermès cuff estimated at P30,000–P35,000 .

Exciting fashion section highlights include offerings from two of Europe’s enduring luxury marques: classic quilted bags, in black or silver, and a dazzling multi-charm necklace from Chanel, and a series of cuffs in orange, ivory, or blue from Hermès. For men, there’s the highly collectible Omega Speedmaster Racing.

Browse the catalogue, register, or leave your bids via, or see the lots in person at Salcedo Auctions (NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City) from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays to Fridays, and from 9am to 6 pm on Saturdays. With Metrobank as its exclusive banking partner, the online auction starts at 2 pm on May 11. For inquiries, email [email protected] or phone +63 917 107 5581 | +63 917 591 2191 | +63 917 825 7449. For the latest updates, follow @salcedoauctions and @gaveandblock on Instagram and Facebook.

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