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Casa de Memoria Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary with Segundo Auction

This May, the auction house proudly exhibits the works of world-class Filipino and European artists


Casa de Memoria celebrates its 5th anniversary of offering fine Filipino-European objets d’art this month of May. Over the years, the Lhuillier-managed auction house has been organizing quarterly auctions with enviable pieces to elevate the home. 


The Segundo auction this year will take place on May 22, 2021, Saturday, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The auction will feature exquisite pieces from the 17th – 20th century from renowned Filipino and European artists.


 “Art defines our culture, history, and heritage. As we celebrate our 5th year with the Segundo auction, Casa de Memoria proudly exhibits the works of world-class Filipino and European artists,” said Casa de Memoria general manager Camille Lhuiller-Albani.


Casa de Memoria, or The Casa, is the only auction house in the Philippines specializing in European antiquities, paintings and objet d’arts while remaining committed to telling the story of a rich Filipino past. Harkening to a by-gone era, The Casa embodies and exudes the heritage ethos of the deep history of Manila, once known as “The Pearl of the Orient,” and a true jewel of Asia in a modern context.


Casa de Memoria provides a sense of history with an expert team meticulously curating each piece and reviewing it for its provenance.


At the Segundo auction, there will be an extensive array of religious artworks, such as the oil painting of Santísima Trinidad, a mid to late 19th century oil painting on canvas depicting the Holy Trinity attributed to Filipino painter Justiniano Asunción (1816 - 1896) and the St. Jerome oil painting from 18th to 19th century on wood by Juan Arzeo. Another oil painting at the auction is a 19th century icon painting on wood depicting St. Barbara by Filipino artist, Antonio Malantic.


A 19 th century oil canvas painting of the Holy Trinity attributed to Filipino painter Justiniano Asunción
An 18 th to 19 th painting on wood depicting St. Jerome by Juan Arzeo


More sets of paintings will also be available at the auction like the three-piece reverse glass paintings depicting Quotidian scenes from the 18th century and a pair of watercolor paintings of the picturesque Cagayan river and Jolo watercolor by Capt. Eduardo Moreno Esteller, a Spanish soldier stationed in the Philippines.


A set of 3-piece reverse glass painting depicting Quotidian scenes
A pair of watercolor paintings of the picturesque Cagayan river and Jolo watercolor by Capt. Eduardo Moreno Esteller


Bidders can also look forward to the historic Philippine Map from the 18th century, as well as portraits sketched by Filipino artist, Romeo Tabuena (1921-2015), and Manuel Montoya’s depiction of a courtyard scene in the 19th century.


An 18 th Century engraved map of the Philippines and neighboring countries signed by Isaak Tirion
A signed pencil drawing on paper of an indigenous man and A seated figure pencil drawing on paper by Romeo Tabuena in the 20 th century


Also up for bidding are the sophisticated ivory boxes from the 19th century, the English ivory trinket box, and the Anglo-Indian Sadeli box, which has minute parquetry out of dyed horns, bones, pewter, and mother of pearl with a wooden interior.


A 19 th century Anglo-Indian ivory trinket box called Sadeli Box


Take home an art piece and you will be supporting a worthwhile cause as Casa de Memoria will donate part of the auction proceeds to a local charitable institution to help those badly affected by the pandemic.


The auction preview began its run on April 28 and will continue until May 21, 2021. You may set an appointment to view the items in person at hello@casadememoria.com.


To explore the auction pieces online, visit bit.ly/CasaDeMemoriaOnline. For more information or to view the catalog, visit www.casadememoria.com, call 8253-3994, or e-mail at the aforementioned email above. For updates, be sure to follow Casa de Memoria on Instagram and Facebook.