Art for Aid: Casa de Memoria Holds Its Fourth Online Auction for Medical Frontliners and COVID-19 Patients

Take home valuable Filipino and European art pieces including works from Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, and be part of a good cause

The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that has been gripping the world is far from over. With resources needing to be replenished at a steady and fast pace, private companies and ordinary citizens have taken it upon themselves to help our country recuperate. Through donation drives and even commissioned artworks, people have surely come up with creative ways on how to raise money for our countrymen’s medical needs. One of which is Casa de Memoria’s clever series of online auctions. Its fourth installment, aptly titled Cuarto, is dedicated to the maintenance of an enhanced quarantine facility for medical frontliners and COVID-19 patients at the Santa Ana Hospital in Manila. 

Cuarto is composed of 180 curated masterpieces, objets d’art, and decorative items for the home. These pieces are made by Filipino and European artists, including Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Émile Gallé, Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo, Romeo Tabuena, among others. The choice lots also include other opulent collectibles from all over the world and from varying eras.

To further entice bidders, Casa de Memoria has partnered with interior designer Chat Fores who has shared some of her top auction picks, along with interesting design insights on how to incorporate these priceless works of art into your abode.

Ornamental embellishments

A room’s design can be elevated with at least one statement piece. Eye-catching pieces, like those at the Cuarto auction, can add some life and vitality to any space. For Fores, the Spanish earthenware vase by Domingo Punter [Lot 068], adorned with a phoenix, would look great in the dining room. The rich green color gives a lushness to the area, and she suggests topping it off with a vibrant tropical arrangement. Another piece that appeals to her is the ornately decorated silver tobacco box [Lot 024] formerly owned by prominent Spanish statesman Don José Antonio Girón de Velasco, which Fores says can be dressed up with flowers or repurposed as a container for cookies and tea bags. “The possibilities are endless!” she exclaimed.

Picture-perfect lithographs

A simple picture can make all the difference on any surface. “It can add a visual feast on your wall,” Fores said. She shared that lithographs from the Cuarto auction, such as “The Old Man and the Sea” by Salvador Dali [Lot 061] and an untitled piece by Fernando Zóbel [Lot 059], are enthralling additions to any home. When hung against a printed or black and white wallpaper, these lithographs will breathe life into your room.

Tasteful tableware

Simple Sunday brunches with your family at home or even ordinary meals can be made unforgettable and more special with magnificent tableware. One of Fores’s favorites is the 20th century Czechoslovakian porcelain dinnerware [Lot 017]. With its black, white, and gray color palette, Fores says this set will match your existing tableware well. To further elevate your dining experience, she also recommends the silver-plated tureen, uniquely placed on a Spanish silver mirrored base [Lot 008], and the large octagonal Spanish silver centerpiece bowl [Lot 165].

Fanciful furniture

The right furniture can also be works of art, and the Cuarto auction offers many of these for your home. Fores points out that the Napoleon III style radiogram with 1950s radio and “Philips” mono record player [Lot 108] would look gorgeous in anyone’s living room as a conversation starter or even the center of attention itself. She adds that she would pair the table with the Napoleon III mirror [Lot 052].

Works of Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo, the renowned Spanish-Filipino artist, museum founder, and philanthropist can also be found at the auction, such as the silkscreen art piece titled “Orilla XV” and two untitled lithographs with abstract details. Filipino painter and printmaker Romeo Tabuenas’s personal sketchbook is also up for grabs. It contains 66 ink, wash, and gouache drawings—three of which are signed. Moreover, his 20th century watercolor painting on paper depicting a peaceful landscape scene with two farmers, carabaos, huts, a boat and coconut trees will also be part of the auction.

More must-see pieces that will surely excite bidders are two 20th century lithographic prints of sketches by renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Art connoisseurs may have their hearts set on “Couleur de Picasso: Antipolis 1946,” which was created for the fifth issue of “Verve,” a magazine founded by publisher Tériade; and the “Bouquet of Peace,” which was originally made for a peace demonstration in Stockholm in watercolor. Art enthusiasts will also be able to indulge in more European culture and artistry at Cuarto with the pieces of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali and French glass designer Émile Gallé. The auction will feature Dali’s 20th century lithograph titled, “The old man and the sea,” and Gallé’s clear art glass pitcher.

In addition to these masterpieces, Cuarto will offer more of history’s most beautiful antiquities, heirlooms, and objets d’art ranging from paintings, furniture, and sculptures to porcelains, memorabilia, centerpieces, and religious iconographies, among many others. With these golden lots, art collectors will be able to get a glimpse of the artistic legacy of international maestros.

Aside from taking part in a greater cause, the pieces included in the auction would make perfect gifts to your loved ones for the coming holidays. “We would like to usher in the holiday season and the new year with a hopeful outlook through our Cuarto auction. The pandemic is the best reason to celebrate a meaningful Christmas this year. Through our Cuarto auction, we hope to spark joy through unique pieces that are perfect tokens of appreciation for loved ones and for sprucing up our homes which serve as our sanctuary in these challenging times,” said Palacio de Memoria general manager Camille Lhuillier.

The online auction will be held on November 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Bidders may explore more auction pieces at Casa de Memoria’s website. And for better appreciation, art aficionados may also attend the intimate auction preview until November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Palacio de Memoria at 95 Roxas Blvd., Tambo, Parañaque. Strict safety protocols are in place at the venue. At the auction on November 28, registered members will have access to a console. If members won’t be able to join, absentee bids can be placed before the auction. Interested parties may also opt for telephone bidding.

For more details, call (02) 8253-3994, e-mail [email protected], or visit Casa de Memoria’s website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You may also connect with Chat Fores on Instagram.

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