Rare works by national artists Amorsolo, Joya, BenCab to be auctioned

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Masterpieces by Filipino artists, as well as other rare items, will be displayed and sold at Salcedo Auctions’ “The Well Appointed Life” this September. Items in preview include the following: (left to right) "Naked" by Annie Cabigting, "Long-Haired Woman" by BenCab, "Cascade" by José Joya (center, up), untitled work by Fernando Amorsolo (center, down), and untitled work by Jose John Santos III. Photo by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — There are many ways art can reflect the zeitgeist at any point in a country’s history. An early pre-war work by Fernando Amorsolo, for example, can bring to mind an idyllic rural landscape, devoid of the conflict evident in his works after the war. Art, among many other things, can turn political, or reflect the social milieu.

Art, however, may also exist for itself, or for a myriad of other purposes beyond the aesthetic. For Richie Lerma, the director of Salcedo Auctions, art is representative of national culture and heritage, and within that, a certain lifestyle.

In September, Salcedo Auctions is holding a series of events for “The Well Appointed Life,” an upcoming art and collectibles auction featuring rare items and artwork culled from various sources. “The Well Appointed Life [is not] simply about the acquisition of objects,” Lerma says, “but rather about our country’s values, its history, how we protect our culture, and how we see ourselves as a people.”

Among the 500 lots to be auctioned off include paintings by masters such as BenCab, José Joya, Fernando Amorsolo, Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, Lao Lianben, and Mauro Malang Santos, and works by contemporary artists Annie Cabigting, Jose John Santos III, Rodel Tapaya, and Ronald Ventura. The spotlight, however, is on a 30-feet long painting by H.R. Ocampo titled “Ang Kiti” (1967). “Ang Kiti,” a vibrant and dynamic painting that seems to highlight movement, was kept under the wraps until its unfurling in The Peninsula Manila’s Salon Ning this August.

Other interesting items included in the preview are fashion pieces by noted designers such as Alexander McQueen, whose Eiffel Tower print cocktail dress goes for ₱16,000 to ₱18,000, the least expensive item up for auction. In contrast, the most expensive item in the preview is BenCab’s “Long-Haired Woman,” going from ₱8,500,000 to ₱9,500,000.

The paintings, along with the other items, will be open for public viewing from Sept. 15 to 22, at The Gallery at the Peninsula. The auction itself will take place on Sept. 23 to 24, at the hotel’s Rigodon Ballroom.

Salcedo Auctions.jpg A man examines a Madrid first edition of "Historia de la Provincia de Philipinas," lying atop a table made of 20th century polished ebony rosewood, both of which are also to be auctioned. Photo by JL JAVIER

Fernando Amorsolo.jpg Detail from an untitled work of a woman cooking, painted in oil on canvas, by Fernando Amorsolo. Photo by JL JAVIER

Salcedo Auctions.jpg A blue padded silk dress by Mary Katrantzou (left) and an Eiffel Tower print dress by Alexander McQueen. Photo by JL JAVIER

José Joya.jpg Detail from "Cascade" by José Joya. Photo by JL JAVIER

Salcedo Auctions.jpg Timepieces are also to be auctioned off. In photo: a Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Ref. 6263 in stainless steel with a panda dial, a Rolex Daytona Ref. 6265 in 18k yellow gold with a black dial, and a Datograph Perpetual Chronograph set in platinum from A. Lange & Söhne. Photo by JL JAVIER

Salcedo Auctions.jpg Unfurling the 30-foot long "Ang Kiti" by H.R. Ocampo. Photo by JL JAVIER

Salcedo Auctions.jpg A 1934 Ford Model A Coupe. Photo by JL JAVIER