Casa de Memoria’s Auction 15 is set on March 9 at new venue
The auction experience is further enhanced by its location on Roxas Boulevard. Roxas Boulevard, or Dewey in its day, was home to gentrified estates, with access to Manila Bay. The pre-war seaside estate will now be home to the annual five themed auctions, beginning in March. The remaining four auctions will be expanded in the restored seven-story mansion, with scheduled events in May, July, September, and November. The Spanish Revival styled villa is envisioned to be an art space and living museum -- housing the collection, providing a venue for lectures and dining experience. Angelique “Angie” Lhuillier, is enthusiastic with the new space. The auction house director notes “Palacio de Memoria is the perfect homage to an age gone by, a touch of Europe, sold, auctioned at manageable pricing. It is without a doubt the first European auction house in the country, providing an international experience to buyers.” “My sister, Angie (Lhuillier) and I are committed to telling a story of a great Filipino past. The Palacio harkens to a time in our history where Manila and the Philippines was the true Pearl of the Orient. This home and its grounds will provide collectors and lovers of history a vignette of an era gone by,” emphasizes Camille Lhuillier, Marketing Manager for Casa de Memoria. Noted heritage advocate who posts in Manila Nostalgia and ANC X, Isidra Reyes comments about the awe-inspiring experience while visiting the Palacio. “The very gracious Camille (Lhuillier) welcomed and toured us around the house starting with the grand foyer highlighted by a unique 18-light, six foot tall Murano chandelier adorned with red rosettes, arched doorways, exquisitely marbled posts and the terrazzo flooring patterned with Tinikling dancers amidst rustic Philippine scenery.”
Highlights of the auction begin with a Bolivian Episcopalian Chair. This piece, from the ninth century sets the tone for the over 170 lots. The detailed high-back armchair in wood with silver overlay is stunning. The upholstered seat back in crimson red fabric is surrounded by detailed reliefs showing various motifs: birds, lions, flowers, fruits, scallop, foliages, sogueado, as well as images of angels, Saint Michael, and the Immaculate Conception. Equally a feast for the eyes will be the recent addition of Tiffany China, an Ivory Cristo and a Galle Vasse.
For more information, the catalog will be available online at www.casadememoria.com, and on Instagram @casadememoria. For inquiries please call 772-0414 or send an email at [email protected].