Magsaysay-Ho Paintings Auctions – BusinessWorld Online

OVER 100 works are on offer at Salcedo Auctions’ upcoming “Finer Pursuits: Important Philippine Art & Rare Collectibles” live online auction on June 25 at 2 p.m.

Lots for sale include a large painting by Anita Magsaysay-Ho documented in Alfredo Roces’ monograph In honor of women. There is also a rare 1969 mixed media piece by National Visual Arts artist Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera. Scavenger series from the artist’s London period; an Ang Kiukok dated 2002 from a renowned Asian collection; and a 1933 oil-on-canvas fisher family scene by National Visual Artist Fernando Amorsolo.

Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s legacy in defining and developing modern Filipino art is as indisputable as the love for the nation and celebration of femininity she manifested in her paintings. In her practice, Ms. Magsaysay-Ho illustrated women quietly carrying out domestic tasks such as winnowing, selling goods or tending livestock. With half-closed eyes and smiling lips, they embody a secret form of contentment and fulfillment.

Called on Scavenger series, Mr. Cabrera’s extremely rare works carry the archetypal qualities of his later Sabel and Larawan series: crumpled strips of fabric covering dynamic figures, and sharp divisions in the shapes and tones of the background.

Other coins and antiques in the auction include an 18e gargoyle of the century Dinemonyo altar table in Balayong wood; a vintage Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Big Red circa 1979; Cartier fine porcelain and Christofle sterling silver.

Other Philippine artworks in the auction include highly exhibited and published works by National Artist J. Elizalde Navarro The Red Kimono, Tokyo from 1965; by the glass sculptor Ramon Orlina Flight to the New Frontiers (2001); National artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco of the 1960s Untitled (Battle of Mactan) watercolour, appearing in the artist’s monograph and authenticated by his apprentice Salvador Juban; a 1967 acrylic titled Objects VII by Roberto Chabet with his original Luz Gallery label; a Malang gouache from 1982; and a rare pastoral monochromatic watercolor showing rice farmers by national artist Vicente Manansala from 1971.

The live, online auction “Finer Pursuits: Important Philippine Art & Rare Collectibles” will take place on June 25 at 2 p.m. Register to bid and browse the catalog at The auction preview begins June 9 and runs daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Ave., Makati City. For inquiries, email [email protected] or contact 8823-0956, 0917-591-2191.

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