MAKATI CITY, Philippines – Works by H.R. Ocampo, Arturo Luz, Justin Nuyda and Roberto Chabet, among many others, will be offered at Salcedo Auctions’ Important Philippine Art Sale on Saturday, March 14, on the company’s 10th anniversary. A fine jewelry and watches sale will follow on Sunday, March 15. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Salcedo Auctions, the Philippines’ premier auction house, expounds on the theme of its marquee Important Philippine Art sale in March with an expanded selection that features not just significant works of art, but also the collections of individuals who are redefining the nation’s art legacy.
Opening the sale is a trio of oil on canvas works by national artist H.R. Ocampo, all of which are from his seminal abstractionist period in the 1960s and provide a unique insight into the development of his style. These are complemented by artworks from the collection of renowned jewelry artist Celia Molano, who many not be known to many and who counted Ocampo, Ang Kiukok and Arturo Luz among her closest friends. Included here are striking oil-on-canvas works gifted to her by Ang, and rare preparatory drawings, paintings and sculptures by Luz.
Widely acclaimed abstractionist Justin Nuyda adds a second collection to the sale with a donation of four artworks specially made for this auction. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2019, Nuyda decided to pay tribute to his doctors for taking outstanding care of his health, naming each painting after them to express his gratitude. To repay their kindness and benefit others by “paying it forward,” the proceeds of these works will go toward assisting the Kythe Foundation in their admirable efforts to improve the quality of life of hospitalized children with cancer and chronic illnesses.
The third collection featured in the sale includes rare early works by Roberto Chabet, the Father of Philippine Conceptual Art, which he left with longtime friend and fellow artist, Luis Romero. In 1969, Chabet lived with Romero and now national artist Jose Joya as they all pursued studies in New York City. When Chabet was appointed director of CCP, he left with them many finished works and studies. Among these are pieces from the Ceche series that will be up for bidding, left untouched and in safekeeping in New York until their recent return to Manila.
Art aficionados can also look forward to a sterling lineup of works by national artists Fernando Amorsolo, Cesar Legaspi, Vicente Manansala, Napoleon Abueva, Jose Joya and Ben Cab. Also included are works by modern masters Lee Aguinaldo, Nena Saguil and contemporary stalwarts Ronald Ventura, Lao Lianben, Rodel Tapaya, Elaine Navas, Mark Justiniani, Ramon Orlina, Elmer Borlongan, and Emmanuel Garibay, among many others.
A stunning selection of fine jewelry also adorns the March 15 sale, including a resplendent 18K white gold emerald fringe necklace composed of five Zambian emeralds, a striking Asscher-cut diamond crucifix, and an exquisite pair of 18K white gold drop earrings lined with Asscher-cut diamonds.
Completing the entire selection are highly collectible designer watches such as a Patek Philippe Advanced Research Aquanaut Travel Time, ref. no. 5650G-001, from an edition of 500; an elegant Maria Gaspari diamond bracelet, and a Patek Philippe Nautilus Flyback Chronograph, ref. no. 5980R-001.
“It’s definitely an exciting juncture in Salcedo Auctions history. Beyond being able to offer these coveted pieces, we’re both excited and honored to be able to share the stories of the collectors who have chosen to bring them to us. As true patrons of the arts, it’s really more than acquiring works. These pieces hold rich stories and symbolize deep, lifelong connections.” said Richie Lerma Salcedo, chairman and chief specialist at Salcedo Auctions.
The Important Philippine Art and Fine Jewelry & Timepieces auctions are co-presented by List | Sotheby’s International Realty, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.