Growing interest for European high society’s heirlooms

There’s a certain charm that comes with owning items that tell stories of years past. Especially so if said items once belonged to families and individuals who once wielded power and influence in Europe.

“This is something that more collectors are realizing,” says Angelique Lhuillier, owner of Casa de Memoria, an auction house in Brgy. Bel-Air. “Beautiful old things that hold memories—there’s something very special about them. It’s like owning a piece of history.”

Samuel Powell
Lhuillier’s conclusion came following Casa de Memoria’s recently held fourth auction, where a great majority of the lots sold once belonged to prominent European families. According to her, more than anything, it confirmed her belief that there is a market for European heirlooms in the country.

From left: Grace Halcon, Carmen Teves-Lhuillier, Jessica Armas, Richard Bert and Amy Hitchins
Clinton Campos Hess, Jacqueline Lhuillier Hess and Jocelyn Campos Hess
Among the lots sold were a vintage Chesterfield seat, a Russian malachite perfume burner set, an Underwood typewriter, a Haviland Limoges porcelain service set, a 100-year-old Vista Alegre crystal service set from Portugal, and an 18-karat gold Italian charm bracelet whose provenance dates back to the early 20th century. The said bracelet’s charms carry the form of Kingdom of Italy’s crown emblem, as well as oval figures with filigree embellishments.

Samuel Powell, Jacqueline Lhuillier Hess and Clinton Campos Hess
Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier and Andre Lhuillier
“After our fourth auction, what we realized is that there are local collectors who find European antiquities and heirlooms so interesting that they keep coming back to purchase items—across different art disciplines—with special historical significance,” Lhuillier adds.

Jacqueline Lhuillier Hess, Ferdi Salvador and Allana Montelibano
From left: Allana Montelibano, Jenny Yrasuegui, Beatriz Lucero Lhuillier, Nicole Whisenhunt and Reagan Ang
Casa de Memoria is located at the corner of Jupiter and Comet St. in Bel-Air, Makati. 

For more information, you may visit or @CasaDeMemoria on Instagram and @TheCasaDeMemoria on Facebook.

Topics: European high society , European heirlooms , Angelique Lhuillier , Casa de Memoria
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