• Casa de Memoria makes room for European art

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    Local art scene is thriving and Filipino artists are enjoying the best of this golden age. While most galleries and auction houses choose to put the spotlight on contemporary pieces made by local living artists, one particular auction house is out to prove one and all that there’s still a room for fine European pieces among the homes and hearts of collectors.

    Samuel Powell, Jacqueline Lhuillier Hess and Clinton Campos Hess

    Samuel Powell, Jacqueline Lhuillier Hess and Clinton Campos Hess

    Casa de Memoria, an auction house located in Barangay Bel-Air in Makati headed by entrepreneur Angelique Lhuillier Miranda, specializes in curating European and Asian antiquities and heirlooms that hold deep historical meanings and have been passed down from generation to generation.

    “We put a lot of care in curating the pieces that we hold,” shares Angelique Lhuillier Miranda. “We have a team of research specialists who are dedicated to validating the authenticity of each piece and really learning the history behind it. People nowadays are forgetting the fact that one of the things that make art beautiful is its significance to society and to the events that help shape the world to how it is today. We want to reintroduce this concept to everyone for better appreciation of the pieces.”

    Grace Halcon, Carmen Teves-Lhuillier, Jessica Armas, Richard Bert, and Amy Hitchins

    Grace Halcon, Carmen Teves-Lhuillier, Jessica Armas, Richard Bert, and Amy Hitchins

    The auction house recently held an all-painting exhibit that focused mainly on religious, contemporary and modern pieces. Personally curated by Miranda and her team, the collection once again brings people’s focus on the importance of each piece in relation to history.

    Among the lots sold is a 19th century oil painting of Madonna And Child, a 20th century oil painting by renowned Spanish painter Ricardo Cejudo Nogales, and an untitled work by one of Portugal’s most prolific artists, Artur Bual.

    The event sold close to half of the 120 lots that were made available for the auction. Those that were not sold were on display at Casa de Memoria’s showroom on Jupiter Street including a 19th-century German painting of Venus, the Roman goddess of love; beauty and sexuality, by an unknown painter; and a 20th century acrylic on hardboard painting of Praca do Comercio by Silva Vieira.

    Marken Aboitiz, Andre Lhuillier and Michael Hearn

    Marken Aboitiz, Andre Lhuillier and Michael Hearn

    All of the paintings included in the auction were professionally restored by Casa de Memoria’s team.

    “Our vision has always been to serve as a temporary home for these artworks, a home where their longevity grows. We pride ourselves with having some of the best restoration team in the country. We can restore and clean any kind of art you may have,” ends Miranda.

    Casa de Memoria is located at the corner of Jupiter and Comet Streets in Bel-Air, Makati. Auction .0004 will be held on November 27. For more information, visit CasaDeMemoria.com.

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