Deco Deconstruction, 2017, by Ronald Ventura. SALCEDO AUCTIONS
BY FIEL ESTRELLA

An art collection is a true luxury, one that starts conversations and allows you to indulge in your tastes and surround yourself with beautiful, engaging, and unique pieces. Art at its most effective catches the eye and nourishes the soul—it’s all about inspiration and discovery. And through some venues, it, too, can inspire and enrich lives in more substantial ways, recognizing brilliant minds and helping to further their education.

One such event, titled “Benefit,” is a partnership between Salcedo Auctions’ Gavel & Block and International School Manila. The art auction aims to raise funds that will go to ISM’s Vicky SyCip Herrera Filipino Scholarship, named in honor of a well-loved guidance counselor who made a difference in the lives of students at the school for 38 years.

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From top: Lithographs by Salvador Dali, Untitled #129, by Romulo Olazo

ISM directly funds scholarships for 16 exceptional students every year, or four each in grade levels 8 to 12. The Vicky SyCip Herrera scholarship aids in the education of four additional students, or one in each grade. For 57 years, ISM has helped over 150 scholars reach their goals and achieve great feats, moving on to study at top universities in the Philippines and abroad, and eventually to successful careers in their chosen fields.

At “Benefit,” participants have a chance to acquire incredible works of art by renowned Filipino artists and National Artists, spanning different decades and a wide variety of art movements. These include Eduardo Castrillo, Romulo Olazo, Ang Kiukok, Nena Saguil, and Fernando M. Zóbel. There are two pieces by Arturo Luz—a timeless cubiform sculpture, and a collage from his Desert Series. Artist Ronald Ventura has donated Deco Deconstruction, a limited-edition digital print on Hahnemühle FineArt paper.

 

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Still Life Table with Fruits, 1973, by Ang Kiukok
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Lithographs by Henri Matisse

 

International offerings include documented lithographs by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali and French post-impressionist Henri Matisse. There are also Filipiniana prints and maps by Pedro Murillo Velarde, Rigobert Bonne, and Jean-François de La Pérouse.

Even the community at ISM is chipping in with donations from parents and alumni, and original paintings from senior fine art students. Alongside jewelry are embroidered pillows by Inigo Elizalde, T’nalak fabric footstools by Maricris Floirendo-Brias, and a painting by Alan SyCip.

 

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Clockwise from top left: A round footstool covered in T’nalak fabric by Maricris Brias; Yoda swivel chairs by Kenneth Cobonpue; a 20th-century Art Deco-style loveseat; a wooden sculpture by Arturo Luz; a hand-embroidered pillow by Iñigo Elizalde; The Moving Form, a free-standing brass sculpture by Eduardo Castrillo

 

Finally, there is an array of rarities, tribal and ethnographic art, and antiques and estate furniture to choose from. Highlights include a Dancing Bu’lul (ca. 1930), an early 20th-century Kalasag shield with spear from the Bontoc municipality of Mountain Province, and a Chalapong, Hagabi, a miniature bench used by Ifugao priests for rituals and ceremonies of prestige (ca. 1930s-50s).

For enthusiasts of furniture and antiques, there’s a 1930s Art Deco narra settee with its original solihiya, a 19th-century narra altar table from Nueva Ecija, and a 1920s Chinese hardwood mahjong table from the Paterno collection. Also up for grabs are Kenneth Cobonpue Yoda swivel chairs used by heads of state during the 2015 APEC summit.

If you’ve got some extra space in your home or office and you’ve always dreamt of owning pieces by the above mentioned originators, then these highly covetable objects are simply priceless. More than that, these art investments are twice as good for your soul, because you’re doing your part in giving worthy students the ultimate must-have: a great education.

“Benefit” will be held on May 5, 2018, at The Conservatory of the Peninsula Manila, located at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City. Bidding for items begins at 2 P.M. The auction preview runs until May 4 at the Peninsula’s Gallery on the third floor, and the online catalogue may be viewed at salcedoauctions.com.

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