LEÒN XIII, the 13th online auction of León Gallery under the Leonexchange platform, will be held on Oct. 19 and 20 starting at 11 a.m. All bidding will be purely online at www.leonexchange.com.
Among the highlights of the auction are antiques from home of Martin Jesus Tadeo Imperial “Sonny” Tinio, Jr., including tables in all shapes and sizes of valuable hardwood, inlaid with mother of pearl and bone or topped in marble alongside intricately designed mirrors, art nouveau frames, wooden sculptures, and an array of canes embellished with gold, gemstones, and ivory. Tinio designed Casa Manila in Intramuros; restored ancestral homes in Taal, Batangas and Kawit, Cavite; and, is remembered as an antiquarian, collector, genealogist, historian, interior designer, scholar, and writer.
Also to be auctioned are paintings Aleah Angeles; Angelito Antonio, who was among the first batch of CCP’s Thirteen Artists Awardees; Norma Belleza, a feminist proponent of folk art; Dex Fernandez, known for his “Garapata” trademark and an Asian Cultural Council grantee; muralist and designer Froilan Calayag; Zhou Ling, known for her feminist Earth Mother imagery in the Yunnan Art School style; abstractionist Jigger Cruz; and Juvenal Sanso, the Filipino-Spanish master acclaimed for his impressionistic landscapes, among others.
Among the collectibles on the block are crystal and silver pieces, chinoiserie, Filipino period furniture, fine China, coffee table books, and rare photographs.
An exhibition of the pieces up for auction will open to the public on Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Leòn Gallery in Warehouse 14 La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave. and at the G/F Eurovilla 1 Legazpi corner Herrera St., Legazpi Village, Makati City.