TIME AND HISTORY go under the gavel at Salcedo Auction gavel&block’s back-to-back auctions on June 2.
Starting at 2 p.m. is “12,” an all-Rolex and Patek Philippe capsule sale featuring 12 models by the renowned Swiss watch houses. 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 highlight is a Patek Philippe ref. 5496 Perpetual Calendar in platinum in mint condition.
A Rolex Explorer I with a 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.
Starting at 3 p.m. is the “History” auction, featuring over 200 pieces including Philippine paintings and sculptures spanning over a century.
There are late 19th century letras y figuras, displaying the witty charm of this unique Filipino visual art form that condenses the life story of a wealthy 19th century woman with whimsical vignette details and stylized type; an oil on canvas boceto by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo whose impressionistic brush strokes stray from his classical repertoire to create a modern beauty adorned in mestiza attire; to a verdant landscape 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 a Thonet marble top console; a 19th century marble top rococo lansena; and an ornate narra comoda designed by the master craftsman Nuguid. Also in the collection are an imposing polychromed comoda from Bohol; a bastonero whose detailed relief carvings denote the status and wealth of its original owner; and a “Comoda Laguna,” a light wooden piece with distinct inlay designs.
Former Elle Decor Philippines editor Devi de Veyra styled the preview exhibition, which is on view until June 1 at Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.
A talk and afternoon tea titled “Cabinet Meeting: Appreciating Collectible Philippine Furniture” with Elemeterio Fulgencio, Salcedo Auctions’ consulting specialist for furniture, will be held on May 30, 3 p.m.
Admission to the talks and to the auctions is free and open to the public.
The online catalogue is available at salcedoauctions.com. For inquiries, call 659-4094, 823-0956, 0917-894-6550 or e-mail info@salcedoauctions.com.