The Well-Appointed Life is an auction event that has, over the past seven years, caught the imagination of the country’s most esteemed collectors and become itself an event on the country’s cultural calendar.
This season’s collection—themed “The Worlds We Create”—features some of the most significant names in Philippine art—perhaps none more so than Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, whose featured work, “Marina”, is a recently discovered 1900 oil on canvas that may arguably be the artist’s most beautiful seascape.
The other major highlights in the collection include works from by some of the country’s other old masters and master artisans, along with those from contemporary artists and international designers.
Among them is a 1975 oil on canvas by National Artist H.R. Ocampo entitled “Excursion to Pinaglabanan”, which is a tribute to Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, and the Katipunan militia’s successful capture of a Spanish military base. Also present are works from National Artists: “Blue Harbor” by Jose Joya; “Last Supper” by Carlos “Botong” Francisco; Fernando Amorsolo’s “Lavanderas”; and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz’s “Autumnal Flowers”.
Those interested in furniture design will find an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman Classic among the lots, along with mention a distinguished trove of antique Philippine hardwood furniture—such as the Pampanga master inlaid 4-post comoda made of narra and kamagong and a rare 20th century sacristy altar cabinet.
“The Worlds We Create” takes place on Saturday, 18 September 2021 live at its NEX Tower sale room and online simultaneously at 2pm.
The online catalogue as well as the bid registration and venue of the online auction is accessed on the Salcedo Auctions website (salcedoauctions.com).
This article, Hidalgo’s ‘most beautiful seascape’ is among the works of rare Philippine art up for auction, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.