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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF WWW.PALACIODEMEMORIA.COM Garden View of Palacio de Memoria.

Art events are back and in the most inventive spaces at that. With eased quarantine restrictions while health protocols are still being observed, art buffs and the general public are trooping back to exhibition sites to enjoy art creations in various forms again.

Museum-quality pieces, for instance, are at the heart of the famous Casa de Memoria auction events staged at historic Palacio de Memoria along Roxas Boulevard in Parañaque City.

The timeless pieces from the Philippines and Europe are housed in this apt venue that is rich with history especially since the well-preserved structure was built during the Commonwealth Period. The once seaside estate survived the carpet bombing of Manila in 1945.

Chinese export porcelain
Armorial plate
19th century, China
19.5 x 2 cm
Starts at P20,000

Casa de Memoria’s first auction for 2022 will have 222 lots that include ivory work boxes, a rare Romeo Tabuena sketch book and a unique maquette-filled dresser. They have been especially curated by Miguel Rosales who selected key pieces for the opening auction. A media handout describes the items as chosen for their “intricacy and intensity of design from the periods they were resident, some over 200 years old.”

The auction nas been set for 30 April by the Lhuillier-managed auction house. Vernissage began on 7 April and is ongoing.

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de la Paloma, attributed to Sebastian Muñoz (1654 — 1690)
17th Century, Spain
69 x 80 cm
Starts at P160,000

Camille Lhuillier-Albani, general manager of Casa de Memoria, noted, “As we come back to doing the things we love, like going to exhibits and the theater, we at The Casa put together a selection of what we are known for, European and Spanish pieces that make a difference in one’s home. For the last two years we have been homebound, and now you have the opportunity to attend an auction, have a lunch at our restaurant and tour our grounds.

Vizagapatam Rectangular Ivory Workbox
Late 18th to 19th Centuries,
Anglo-Indian
45.5 x 27.5 x 10.5 cm
Starts at P120,000

“We see ourselves as caretakers of history, and our auctions provide new residencies for these pieces. This auction comes at a time as we continue to celebrate 500 years of the arrival of Spain, making the Philippines the trading hub from Asia to Europe.”

 

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY
OF CASA DE MEMORIA
Camille Lhuillier-Albani, general manager of Casa de Memoria, during the Primero Auction Press Preview held 7 April.

Join the Casa de Memoria’s cocktails on 21 April, Thursday, starting at 6 p.m.; live auction on April 30, Saturday, 2 p.m. For more information: visit bit.ly/thecasa26, or follow @thecasadememoria on Facebook and @casadememoria on Instagram.

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