Masterpieces of National Artists and more go on sale at ‘Under The Tree’ auction

Published November 10, 2021, 4:34 PM

by John Legaspi

Salcedo Auctions brings the season’s best collection at a live and online auction

For its annual year-end sale, Salcedo Auctions is presenting the best Philippine art scene has to offer with its showcase of masterpieces by distinct National Artists at the “Under The Tree: The Wish List.”

Happening on Nov. 27, 2021, the auction is set to present a rich, diverse, and thoughtfully curated lineup including the works by National Artists BenCab, Fernando Amorsolo, Victorio Edades, J. Elizalde Navarro, Arturo Luz, and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, together with key pieces by leading modernists Romulo Olazo, Juvenal Sansó, Romeo Tabuena, Lao Lianben, and Nena Saguil.

Benca’s ‘Untitled (Two Sabels),’ 2004, and Victor Edades’ ‘Untitled (The Muse),’ 1930s

Major highlights include Edades’ ravishing 1930s oil on canvas painting of an unidentified young lady, are a large and elegant monochromatic BenCab acrylic on canvas painting depicting two of the master’s iconic Sabel muses, and a rare 1961 Barcelona period work by Alcuaz titled “Night in Marantz,” a surrealist landscape that shows the strong influence of his Spanish abstractionist contemporaries Saura and Tapies. As in all major sales of Philippine collectibles, exquisitely crafted antique hardwood furniture and ecclesiastical pieces are on offer, such as a pair of 19th century Ilocos four-post comodas, an 18th-century pair of molave altar/retablo columns, as well as an imposing retablo minór. Sure to gain the attention of history aficionados is the only known to exist image that shows Antonio Luna together with the supposed object of his admiration, the mestiza Nellie Boustead.

A lot of 2 rare Ilocos 4-post comodas and the only photograph known to exist featuring both Antonio Luna and Nellie Boustead,1888-1890, Paris

No holiday sale is ever complete without valuable timepieces, which is why Salcedo Private View, the auction house’s private sale arm, is mounting simultaneously “Under the Tree: The Watch List,” which showcases coveted examples of haute horlogerie by leading brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, and IWC.

With 2021 coming to a close, Salcedo Auctions expresses its gratitude for the public’s strong support and its continued growth by giving back in the spirit of the Season through its collaboration with the social enterprise Bid for the Future (BFF), which is working with Lamana PH to offer Ishinomaki stools painted by some of the country’s leading contemporary visual artists to empower local communities and protect the environment through their support of the conservation efforts of the Masungi Georeserve.

“Under the Tree: The Watch List” takes place on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, simultaneously at 2 p.m. live at Salcedo’s NEX Tower sale room and online via An online auction by the auction house’s subsidiary Gavel&Block titled “Holiday” featuring a wide selection of decorative art and furniture, as well as ephemera and collectibles will also take place on the same day starting at 11 a.m.