European Art, Filipino House
Today, contemporary Filipino art is flourishing everywhere around the world with galleries displaying the fine crafts and work that has been auctioned off at high prices in Europe. However, it is the opposite for one residence as they show that even the best of European art is still the most popular and expensive piece of work to buy. Europe's finest artwork is still present at the Casa de Memoria, where different works were sold this year in their annual auction. The auction included some impressive decorative art which dates from various eras as old as the 17th century.
Among the many European antiques being sold, a 19th-century French Ebony Cabinet was sold for $400,000, and an 18th-century Italian, ivory lined, ebony wood cabinet was sold for $300,000. The cabinet was notable for its engraved, Renaissance-style carved decor including images of medallions, vases, flora, and other themes along the panels. Another piece, a 17th-century Belgian oil painting on a wooden canvas depicting a religious event sold for $180,000. Religious art was common in the 17th-19th centuries and with only a handful of them still available out there, it is still a popular piece for art collectors.
But the collection of European art also included 20th century pieces that bridges the contemporary with the past. A modernest painting byPortuguese artist Peter Charters d'Azevedo was sold for $220,000. A homemade set of dinner utensils that was created as a throwback to Euro-style culture in the early 20th century was sold for $320,000.It is a set with approximately 153 pieces with renderings of whirling green son the box in a Neoclassical style. All of the art sold were authentic with the assistance of professional European art experts and preservationists, who also helped restore the older artworks being sold.
Not all of the art was sold; those that were still left is currently on display at the Casa De Memoria. The gallery's director stated her goal is to showcase European art and its splendor it has always been renowned for and that it can also be bought and shown in Filipino homes instead of just museums. According to her, there is a growing trend in which Filipino home are now fixing the home with contemporary and vintage art pieces, mixing in Asian and European styles. This has made a noted impression for its uniqueness and type of setting.
For visitors of the Casa De Memoria, they may come out feeling influenced and impressed with the artworks they see and feel. With the auction behind them, The next plan for the museum is to continue the showcase European art's flexibility in future auctions that is more theme-oriented. While the artwork does not flash out the major names of Picasso and Da Vinci, just the work itself is impressive and buyers will know the quality done in preserving it and its high value overall
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