They’re Manila society’s favourite pair of dandies. Their daring, exuberant taste, their unabashed delight in texture, colour and print, are transparent and provide no longer simplest of their model however within the environs they devise—whether or not it’s their retail outlets ac+632 and Firma, or their fantastical Bel Air place of abode stuffed with commentary items and objets d’artwork from their travels. 

Only in the near past, they put their inventive procedure to paper by the use of the e-book, “The Artwork of Window, Show and Design” from Vibal Basis. The tome is wealthy with pictures in their magical tableaus and their inspirations drawn from many cultures. 

With their incredible eye for the odd, and their knowledgeable observations on arts and tradition (their column within the Megastar is at all times an attractive, informative learn), Chito and Ricky are the easiest tastemakers for the approaching Leon Gallery Impressive Midyear Public sale this coming June fifth. 

We requested the 2 just lately—If a tender collector had been to invite them what they’d suggest from the brand new catalog choices, what would their most sensible 5 selections be? Right here, they percentage their indeniable, thrilling listing: 

Rodel Tapaya’s “The Smart Monkey and the Silly Massive” 

Lot 13

Rodel Tapaya, The Smart Monkey and the Silly Massive, 2008, acrylic on canvas

It’s a pleasing portray of mischievous monkeys that outsmart an enormous in a primordial woodland executed in Tapaya’s colourful, fantastical taste. This artist who’s represented in world museum collections at all times creates new worlds for us to find and discover. It’s playful but enigmatic and compelling – a metaphor for modern energy struggles in society filtered via people stories that deliver us again to our roots to query what’s taking place round us nowadays.

Lorenzo Guerrero’s “Santa Filomena Virgen Martyr”

Lot 99

Lorenzo Guerrero, Santa Filomena Virgen Martyr, 1873, oil on canvas

Lorenzo Guerrero created a picture of Sta. Filomena that lingers on your creativeness: That second of serene rapture, bathed in a ray of celestial mild, as she appears to be like heavenward caressing the arrows that pierced her and the anchor that plunged her to the depths of the ocean, amongst many tools of torture that she triumphed over. In contrast to this patroness saint of misplaced reasons, no longer most of the works of this classical grasp survived the ravages of wars and fires all the way through the remaining century and a part.  What makes it much more valuable is its impeccable provenance. 

Trainer to Juan Luna and Fabian Dela Rosa, two of the greats of the succeeding era, Guerrero used to be a Renaissance guy who cultivated and promoted the entire vary of the humanities, from the literary to the musical. He imparted this pastime to his scholars which incorporated his nephew, Dr. Alfredo Guerrero, the primary proprietor of the portray. From Dr. Guerrero the paintings fittingly handed directly to Don Benito J. Legarda, Jr., every other Renaissance guy himself—an eminent pupil and historian who wrote on economics and finance in addition to Philippine structure and furniture. He additionally used to be a lover of tune and the appearing arts. The remaining of a breed of creditors who had get right of entry to to quite a lot of the most efficient Philippine artwork and antiques, his fantastic, cultivated style is certainly obvious on this arresting piece.

A “Palitera/ “Palillera” (Toothpick Holder) 

Lot 71 

A “Palitera/ “Palillera” (Toothpick Holder) 2d Quarter of the nineteenth c. (1825-50), Forged silver (80%), Pampanga, Bulacan

We simply love the Victorian sensibility on this sublime palitera. Vintage Philippine-made silver is difficult to return by means of and a silver palitera much more so, with a brief listing of extant items within the palms of collector-owners. Regarded as “the Holy Grail” of vintage Philippine home silver, this nearly 200-year-old fantastic specimen epitomizes the genteel and luxurious way of life of a bygone technology with the Victorian predilection for rituals in all sides of existence from eating to entertaining. There used to be an artwork to residing, even within the after-dinner necessity of toothpicks, some in silver and gold and a few in painstakingly carved picket blossoming into stunning floral bouquets.  The palitera itself is beautiful, with a pineapple and gradated ranges of foliage, atop an urn and plinth with intricate floral piercework.

Romulo Olazo’s “Diaphanous #8”

Lot 127 

Romulo Olazo, Diaphanous #8, 1977, oil on canvas

Obtaining one of the crucial Diaphanous collection of this necessary Filipino fashionable grasp is a should for creditors. There’s at all times that lightness and ephemeral transcendence and this one, particularly, conveys a way of puzzle. Nuanced layers of translucence and opacity are expertly manipulated to expose and hide monochromatic patterns that recede and advance, transferring like a dance at the canvas—phase phantasm, phase truth.

Florencio B. Concepcion’s “Transcendental Mirrored image”

Lot 36

Florencio B. Concepcion, Transcendental Mirrored image, 1997, oil on canvas

Concepcion’s summary expressionist works display a mastery of colour and the melding of hues to provide stirring harmonies that simply makes your thoughts wander. It’s open to interpretation, nearly like a Rorschach symbol that pulls you in and is going deep into your psyche, uncovering truths and feelings you could no longer were acutely aware of. This actual piece has wealthy colours executed with subtle strokes that deliver you to a spot of quiet contemplation.

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