Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time and history go under the gavel&block on June 2

Time and history go under the gavel&block at back to back auctions on Saturday, 2 June at Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Starting at 2pm, ’12’ is an all Rolex and Patek Philippe capsule sale featuring twelve important models by the renowned Swiss watch houses. From classic and historical to prestigious and important, vintage pieces as well as modern watches that would take years on a waiting list to acquire come together in this tightly curated collection, whose main highlight is the famed Patek Philippe ref. 5496 Perpetual Calendar in platinum in mint condition. A Rolex Explorer I with gilt tropical dial and a Sea Dweller 2000 open ‘6’ also make the grade, together with a sought after ‘Tudor Monte Carlo.’ Collectors can skip the very long queue by outbidding the competition for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph ‘Daytona Cerachrom’ ref. 116500LN with the coveted white dial.

Featuring a collection of over 200 pieces, the ‘history’ auction at 3pm showcases Philippine paintings and sculptures spanning over a century. Celebrating the rich diversity and intrinsic allure of the country’s heritage are unique pieces such as an exceptional late 19th century letras y figuras, displaying the witty charms of this unique Filipino visual art form that condenses the life story of a wealthy 19th century woman with whimsical vignette details and finely wrought stylized type; an oil on canvas boceto by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo whose impressionistic brush strokes stray away from his classical repertoire to create a lambent vision of modern beauty adorned in a chic mestiza attire; to a verdant landscape that captures the lush vitality of tropical Philippines by the academic master Vicente Rivera y Mir.

The sale also features tribal and ethnographic art from Northern Luzon and Mindanao as well as collectible furniture from across the archipelago, such as an elegantly crafted Thonet marble top console that displays the delicate yet lustrous wooden curlicues of fin-de-siecle Viennese furniture; a 19th century marble top rococo lansena, its original porcelain drawer pulls besting the passage of time in both function and appeal; and this ornate narra comoda designed by the master craftsman Nuguid that will make an imposing statement in any room with its dark patina and heavy baroque moldings. Also in the collection are a superlative polychromed comoda from Bohol that draws the eye to its vivid colors, imposing size and the intricate ornaments carved on its facade; a bastonero whose detailed relief carvings denote the status and wealth of its original owner; and this ‘Comoda Laguna,’ a light wooden piece with distinct inlay designs – embellishments that capture and evoke the cultural terroir.

Time and history continue to make their mark as gavel&block celebrates the inherent and perennial beauty of marquee timepieces and the richness of Philippine culture, as it invites bidders to revel in the joy of collecting this June. Inspired by the idea of history as the outcome of impulse and intuition, and how objects from the past continue to find new meaning today, former Elle Decor Philippines editor Devi de Veyra styles the preview exhibition, which opens on Saturday, 26 May and runs through Friday, 1 June. A #salcedosays table talk and afternoon tea with Elemeterio (Jun) Fulgencio, Consulting Specialist, Furniture, Salcedo Auctions, titled ‘Cabinet Meeting: Appreciating Collectible Philippine Furniture’ will also be held on Wednesday, 30 May, 3pm at Three Salcedo Place. Admission to the talks and to the auctions is free and open to the public.

The online catalogue is available at For inquiries, phone +632 659.4094, 823.0956, +63917 8946550 or email Follow @gavelandblock and @salcedoauctions on Instagram and on Facebook.

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