Casa de Memoria celebrates anniversary with auctions for a cause


    AS the world practices social distancing, Palacio de Memoria’s auction house, Casa de Memoria, or simply the Casa, will be offering a new online experience filled with art, celebration and goodwill as they hold two special auctions, mark their fourth anniversary and donate part of the proceeds to charity to help victims of COVID-19.

    Casa’s Primero auction and Segundo anniversary auction will be held online at, powered by Invaluable, on May 30 and 31, 2020, respectively, both at 2pm. These exciting auctions will showcase a curated selection of some of history’s most beautiful artworks, antiquities, and heirlooms of European-Filipino provenance.

    Proceeds from both auctions will go toward funding the emergency quarantine facility (EQF) in Sta. Ana Hospital Manila for COVID-19 patients. The EQF, designed by WTA Architecture and Design Studio, can accommodate 15 beds, a testing box, sanitation and disinfection areas, and a nurse’s lounge.

    “Our current situation, while it may be difficult, has taught us the value of helping one another. These two auctions are special for us as we enable ourselves to reach out to our community while showcasing the beauty and legacy of the illustrious past,” said Palacio de Memoria general manager Camille Lhuillier.

    At the Primero auction, some treasures that are up for bidding are the rare “Islas Filipinas” map by mapmaker Francisco Coello and Antonio Morata, an ivory and bronze art sculpture by Louis Barthelemy of ethical provenance, an art nouveau lamp and a glass vase by Émile Gallé, and two 20th-century distinct Murano goblets, among other silver, crystals, memorabilia, and decorative art pieces.

    In celebration of the Casa’s fourth anniversary, the Lhuillier-managed auction house will hold the Segundo auction with distinctive pieces spanning paintings, furniture, sculptures and centerpieces, and religious antiques.

    Segundo’s selection of paintings reflect the cultural richness of Europe during the 18th to 20th centuries, such as Pablo Picasso’s “Sala Gaspar” and Betsy Westendorp de Brias’ “Summer Nights in Madrid.”

    It will also bring valuable Spanish Neoclassical furniture pieces to the modern times like a 19th century sofa and a six-piece set of Carlos IV side chairs. Both of which are in carved, painted, and gilded beech.

    Other must-see items at the Segundo auction are decorative art pieces and collectibles such as a cup-shaped centerpiece in rose quartz and an intricately decorated French amphora. It will also be offering some of the rarest ecclesiastical art pieces, including a Peruvian altar piece by Manuel Palomino and a Baroque-style golden reliquary of the virgin martyr Saint Euphrasia.

    To register for Primero and Segundo auctions, visit Absentee bids can also be placed before the live auction. Interested parties may also opt for telephone bidding.