Casa de Memoria holds charity fundraising online auctions

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CASA DE MEMORIA, Palacio de Memoria’s auction house, celebrates its fourth anniversary with two online auctions.

The two auctions — Primero auction and the Segundo anniversary auction — will be held at the official website (www.casadememoria.com) at 2 p.m. on May 30 and 31, respectively.

The auctions will showcase a curated selection of historical artworks, antiquities, and heirlooms of European-Filipino provenance.

The items for sale at the Primero auction include a rare “Islas Filipinas” map by mapmaker Francisco Coello and Antonio Morata; an ivory and bronze art sculpture by Louis Barthelemy of ethical provenance; an art nouveau lamp and a glass vase by Émile Gallé; and two 20th century Murano goblets.

For the Segunda anniversary auction, items for sale include paintings, furniture, sculptures and centerpieces, and religious antiques.

Segundo’s selection of paintings reflect the cultural richness of Europe during the 18th to 20th centuries, such as Pablo Picasso’s Sala Gaspar, and Betsy Westendorp de Brias’ Summer Nights in Madrid. The furniture on auction include a 19th century sofa, and a six-piece set of Carlos IV side chairs which are carved, painted, and gilded beech. Decorative art pieces include a cup-shaped centerpiece in rose quartz, an intricately decorated French amphora, a Peruvian altar piece by Manuel Palomino, and a Baroque-style golden reliquary of the virgin martyr Saint Euphrasia.

Proceeds from both auctions will go to funding the emergency quarantine facility (EQF) in Sta. Ana Hospital Manila for COVID-19 patients. Designed by WTA Architecture and Design Studio, the EQF can accommodate 15 beds, a testing box, sanitation and disinfection areas, and a nurse’s lounge.

“Our current situation, while it may be difficult, has taught us the value of helping one another. These two auctions are special for us as we enable ourselves to reach out to our community while showcasing the beauty and legacy of the illustrious past,” said Palacio de Memoria general manager Camille Lhuillier said in a press release.

Registration for both auctions is through bit.ly/CDMPrimero20. Absentee bids can also be placed prior to the live auction.

For more details, call 8253-3994 or e-mail hello@casadememoria.com. For more information, visit https://www.casadememoria.com/ or follow @thecasadememoria on Facebook and @casadememoria on Instagram. — MAPS





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