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As part of its year-long celebration of a pioneering decade of Philippine auctions, Salcedo Auctions subsidiary Gavel&Block opens the sale season with art+design. Featuring a curated selection of nearly 300 valuable collectibles, the sale will be held on Saturday, 8 February, 2 p.m. at the Salcedo Auctions headquarters at NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

The art+design auction focuses on the aesthete with an eye for potential — an unparalleled opportunity for emerging collectors to find the perfect piece to start growing their collections and for established connoisseurs to add depth to their troves. It features a diverse line-up of fine and decorative art, crystal, porcelain, silver, rare books, maps and memorabilia.

The auction boasts works from renowned modern and contemporary Filipino artists such as National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, and BenCab, together with iconic pieces by Roberto Chabet and Juvenal Sansó among other established artists.

Buenaventura

Also gracing the auction is a collection that ranges from classic to contemporary design-centered collectibles for the home, including refined heirloom pieces made of jade and semi-precious stones. Cocktail jewelry and crystal by Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Baccarat, Lalique and Rosenthal as well as Limoges bone china and baroque silver epergnes also add character to the sale.

Other art highlights include abstract works such as ethereal watercolors by Nena Saguil; three early paintings by Roberto Chabet and pieces from artists Gus Albor and Romulo Olazo. Folk-genre makes a strong presence in this auction with the likes of Oscar Zalameda, Angelito Antonio, Tam Austria, Cesar Buenaventura, Elias Laxa and Simeon Saulog. They serve as historical counterpoints to works by leading contemporary artists such as Jigger Cruz, Zean Cabangis, and Jayson Oliveria.

Also worth noting in this sale is a pair of drawings by the late performance artist Carlos Celdran, sketches that mirror his cultural activism. The inclusion of Celdran in the sale’s line-up marks his first appearance at a Gavel&Block auction — a recognition of his legacy, and a tribute to a burgeoning artistic career, providing new and established collectors the opportunity to acquire work that history will continue to appreciate and reassess.

Jigger Cruz

“We are excited to open our 10th year with this sale, which emphasizes the joy of collecting,” says managing director Victor Silvino. “Through art+design, we hope that more people will be able to experience the thrill of auctions, discovering a piece to start or add to their existing collections. It’s at the heart of what we do, being the leaders of the fine art and collectibles auction industry in the country, and is the perfect way to open our tenth-year anniversary celebrations.”

Gavel&Block will be holding art+design Vernissage on Saturday, 1 February 2020 on Saturday. The auction will be held on 8 February 2020, 2 p.m. at NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. The public preview runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Saturday, 1 February until Friday 7 February 2020.

Zean Cabangis

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