17th century Flemish Bargueño. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CASA DE MEMORIA
The sudden pandemic has forced us to go completely digital, even for art auctions.
Camille Lhuillier, general manager of Casa de Memoria, tells Daily Tribune that such a move marked a transition even on sales and buyers of all ages. “Our first all online auction with Invaluable proved a significant buy-through where the initial bids were at P40,000. What is important for us is to tweak our selection to match the age group that we are selling to,” she said.
The premier auction house is set to hold its third auction of the year digitally. Titled Tercero, Casa de Memoria will feature anew masterpieces of Filipino artists. Lhuillier explains, “The Casa has employed a team of four full-fledged art historians and art majors led by Miguel Rosales who helps us in selecting every auction piece which goes through a significant amount of provenance and research.”
‘Maternité’ by Pablo Picasso
Tercero also offers more paintings and artworks by celebrated artists from the Philippines and from different parts of Europe, which interior decorator Ram Bucoy said can add a contemporary touch to any room. Among these are Maternité by Pablo Picasso (Lot 155), oil on canvas portrait by Aldo Bahamonde (Lot 87), and the Saint Anthony of Padua with Child Jesus (Lot 98).
Statement pieces, like the Isabelino style mirror (Lot 30), can simply be placed on the center of your wall or on top of a dresser to add a bit of personality to your room. Or if you prefer the aura of boldness, there’s the 17th century Flemish Bargueño (Lot 16).
“Trust me, it isn’t frumpy. It brings so much character into a space. Juxtaposing the old and the new can give rooms a more youthful feel,” Bucoy said.
Isabelino Style Mirror
Part of the auction’s proceeds will be donated to the Santa Ana Hospital in Manila. “With these remarkable pieces and more, Casa de Memoria’s Primero and Segundo auctions were truly a celebration of art and charity. Part of the proceeds of the auctions went toward the construction of the Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) at the Sta. Ana Hospital, Manila. The EQF, designed by WTA Architecture & Design, will help care for COVID-19 patients,” Lhuillier added.
The Tercero auction will be held on 26 September, 2 p.m. at Invaluable through bit.ly/CasaDeMemoriaOnline. Phone and absentee bidding are also available.
Oil on Canvas Portrait by Aldo Bahamonde.