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An Artistic Journey with Palacio de Memoria's Primero 2021 Auction

For its first auction for 2021, the Lhuillier-managed auction house has curated treasures and keepsakes to go under the gavel at Primero

Art is transformative and has, within its power, to transport you to new worlds. From the west to the east, the old-world to the modern age—art has continuously evolved over time across the globe. It has always reflected ideas, emotions, and moments that are relevant to the world during certain periods—and as people's lives goes on, so does art.


With this, Palacio de Memoria’s auction house, Casa de Memoria, invites you to embark on a journey to explore the world in different eras through enduring masterpieces, along with exciting bidding experiences, at the upcoming Primero auction on March 20, 2021, Saturday at 2 pm.



For its first quarterly auction for 2021, Lhuillier-managed auction house has curated treasures and keepsakes, composed of paintings, furniture pieces, sculptures, and religious antiques, to go under the gavel at Primero.


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One of the highlight items for bidding at Primero is a pair of Qing Dynasty famille rose ginger jars with pedestals (Lot 24). With the starting bid at Php 420,000, these precious porcelain pieces are decorated with court scenes, while the wooden pedestals are characterized by scroll elements and claw feet—the perfect touch of chinoiserie for any home.


Also, among the must-see highlights are Primero's selection of paintings—where classic meets contemporary, reflecting varying artistic expressions from different eras. Some of these include "Vase of Flowers" by Jose María Armengol Farré (Lot 066), "Joueur de flute et chevre" by Pablo Picasso (Lot 099), "Marilyn Monroe" by Andy Warhol (Lot 141), and "Toro y Toreros" by Salvador Dali (Lot 148), with many of them starting at P60,000.

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"Marilyn Monroe" by Andy Warhol (Lot 141)
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"Joueur de flute et chevre" by Pablo Picasso (Lot 099)

It will also offer vintage furniture, such as a magnificent Italian paper desk in ebonized wood with ivory and bone inlay (Lot 010). This piece, with Renaissance Revival elements, is from the 19th century and has a starting bid of Php 360,000. Other auction lots in this category include a Spanish ivory-inlaid small table with foliage, bird, and fruit motifs (Lot 011); a mahogany veneer cabinet with a 137-piece silver flatware set (Lot 111); and a pair of Baroque-style corner console tables with marble top (Lot 034).


As Palacio de Memoria is home to religious iconographies, Casa's Primero will also be showcasing an unrivaled ecclesiastic collection, including an oil on copper painting of the Holy Trinity (Lot 124); a Santo Niño wooden relief (Lot 147); a 16th century oil on wood painting of the Assumption of Mary (Lot 179); and an Indo-Portuguese Cristo Moribundo carved in ivory (Lot 200).


Other special items at Primero are rare antiques, decorative art pieces, and collectibles such as the letter of King Philip II of Spain to Lazaro Moreno de Leon, Governor of Tenerife and La Palma (Lot 027); a 65-piece set of Wedgwood porcelain tableware (Lot 033); a large oriental relief in carved and gilded wood (Lot 039); and a bronze sculpture of Achilles by Jean de Roncourt (Lot 043).


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With this selection of artworks, antiquities, and heirlooms, Casa de Memoria brings a piece of the world, and a part of history, into your home.


To explore the auction items, visit bit.ly/CasaDeMemoriaOnline. Auction viewings are also available from February 26 to March 19. Preview cocktails will be on March 11, Thursday. For more details, call (02) 8253-3994 or e-mail hello@casadememoria.com. For more information and to register, visit https://www.casadememoria.com. For updates, follow @thecasadememoria on Facebook and @casadememoria on Instagram.