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Another Day in Paradise

Salcedo Auctions opens a new headquarters on Ayala Avenue



WANDERING ARTIST A photo of Roberto Chabet (left) from a spiral sketchbook of 16 works

WANDERING ARTIST A photo of Roberto Chabet (left) from a spiral sketchbook of 16 works

Obviously meant as a double entendre, Salcedo Auctions recently hosted a vernissage for its latest auction dubbed as “Paradise Found.” And found it they did, both in the collection of pieces that were put on the block last Saturday and in their new headquarters at the NEX Tower on Ayala Avenue.

An inaugural auction in its new home, “Paradise Found” featured Félix Resurrección Hidalgo’s Rooftop in Paris ( ca. 1890s, oil on canvas), Jorge Pineda’s depiction of a rice field before the harvest (1929, oil on canvas), Lao Lianben’s Man of Few Words (2008, acrylic on canvas), Juvenal Sansó’s Blooms in Poetry, and pieces by Fabian dela Rosa and Danilo Dalena, Solomon Saprid, and National Artists Napoleon Abueva and Arturo Luz.

Also put in auction were Philippine contemporary art pieces by Rodel Tapaya, Jose John Santos III, Buen Calubayan, Jigger Cruz, Geraldine Javier, Leslie de Chavez, Alfredo Esquillo, and Winner Jumalon.

“Much of Philippine art draws from the rich natural and cultural resources of our land,” Richie Lerma, Salcedo Auctions director, explains. “From animals and fauna and flora to the customs and beliefs of the Filipino people, the country is a deep well of inspiration for generations of artists.”

Roberto Chabet, Untitled (Ceche Series), watercolor, ink, and collage, 1968

Roberto Chabet, Untitled (Ceche Series), watercolor, ink, and collage, 1968

Together with these art pieces, antique furniture pieces were also put on the block. There was an exquisite dark kamagongnarra escritorio with chest of drawers decorated with brass carrying-handles and ornate, beautifully carved Corinthian columns on the sides. These features are rarely seen in this type of dual-purpose writing desk and chest combination. Its Neoclassical design elements evoke an old world, genteel profile that stands out in any room it is placed.

There were also pieces from the renowned antique furniture collection of Romy and Nini Jorge, including a 19th-century Hepplewhite-style Baliuag altar table in kamagong with narra and lanite inlays and silver mounts, an 18th-century solid ivory Mother & Child, and a pair of exquisite late 18th-century molave altar pillars from Bohol.

An interesting feature in Salcedo Auctions’ new home is its first ever gallery with pieces that are currently not up for auction. At the vernissage, guests were treated to an exhibit of never before seen works by Roberto Chabet.

An interesting feature in Salcedo Auctions’ new home is its first ever gallery with pieces that are currently not up for auction. At the vernissage, guests were treated to an exhibit of never before seen works by Roberto Chabet. These artworks are from the private collection of a Filipino based in New York. Guests had a chance to marvel at these works of art while enjoying food prepared by the Peninsula Manila’s Old Manila executive chef Allan Briones, as well as culinary delights from Private Dining by Chef Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, Aleth’s Kitchen by Aleth Ocampo, Grace Baja, and desserts prepared by Ange dela Cruz’s The Sweet Life by Ange. Of course, what’s a cocktail party without the cocktails, which were generously provided by Chivas Regal and Poblacion-based bar Run Rabbit Run.


Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, Rooftop in Paris, oil on canvas (ca. 1890s)

But why move to a new home? Richie’s answer was practical. “We were running out of space to accommodate all the art and valuable collectibles that were being brought to us to be offered at auction,” he says. “Both storage wise and being able to exhibit pieces properly, it was simply getting too tight and our original space had no more room to expand.”


GRACIOUS HOSTS Karen Lerma and Richie Lerma of Salcedo Auctions, with Joey Mead-King

In choosing the best new home for Salcedo Auctions, Richie adds that certain minimum requirements had to be met. “Location in the heart of the Makati CBD was a major consideration, and of course the size of the space and the height of the ceiling,” he explains. “Access, parking, and of course the overall aesthetics of the building needed to suit our own design sensibilities.”

Salcedo Auctions’s new showroom is at the ground and podium levels of the NEX Tower, located at 8788 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. | email | (02) 659 4094 | (02) 823 0956 | (+639) 17 894 6550 | Facebook and Instagram: @salcedoauctions

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