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14 Aesthetic Picks For The Collector

gavel&block offers the seasoned and the emerging art and design lover lots to covet as its annual kick-off auction


A sea of articles on trends, what’s in and what’s out usually starts the year in most platforms dedicated to art and design.  This time around, we’re telling you not to pay too much attention to trends when it comes to building your art and design collection.   Good gallerists, when counseling new collectors will often encourage acquiring based on their personal connection to the art.  In his Collect Wisely podcasts, New York gallerist Sean Kelly emphasized the value of “collect[ing] with your eyes, not with your ears.”  While it is tempting to enlist in a beeline of collectors eager to scoop up work by the hottest-selling artist, Kelly encourages collectors, “value art, not its value… look for permanence.  Avoid trends,” underscoring the importance of art’s meaning to the collector.  In the end, your personality, taste, character and even your personal narrative, all factors that inform your decisions on who and what to collect, will stay more relevant to you than the numbers that promise generous returns eventually.


Eager to venture into collecting?   In Manila, Salcedo Auctions’ subsidiary gavel&block’s ‘art+design’ online auction offers aficionados an opportunity to start their year with supmtuous acquisitions. Held quarterly, ‘art+design’ gives collectors the freedom to explore and experiment. What piece does the emerging collector like to jumpstart their hobby? What would the established art connoisseur consider acquiring to strengthen their trove? What can the casual art lover pick up to enliven their room? 





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This first quarter’s ‘art+design’ places focus on the value of aesthetics - the principles of beauty and artistic taste that influence one’s preference and perception in appreciating the visual form. This online auction comprising over 400 lots gathers together classic, modern, and contemporary Philippine and international art, décor, furniture, fine prints, crystal, porcelain, silver, jewelry, watches, designer accessories and valuable maps and books.


Here are 14 pieces to consider:



The gavel&block ‘art+design’ online auction will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 11AM. The online catalogue can be viewed via this link. For inquiries, email info@salcedoauctions.com or phone +632 8 8230956 | +63 917 591 2191.