After its mid-year auction last month, León Gallery once again presents its treasured pieces at the online auction this July 20-21. Among the highlights of the auction include a Mikimoto mini tiara and the sterling silver glassware of President Manuel L. Quezon. A visual feast and multitude of stories await collectors of antique furniture and prized possessions in the leading gallery’s latest auction.

Each piece has the monogram “MLQ”. (Photograph courtesy of Leòn Gallery)

Being part of a legacy

Auctions are typically held at physical locations but Leòn Gallery came up with the idea to do it online. Leòn Gallery Director Jaime Ponce de Leon shares, “The online auction gives clients the convenience of bidding through their mobiles, tablets or laptops, without having to trek all the way to where physical auctions happen.” It may differ from the common practice yet the charm in auctions is not lost.

Among the prized possessions is the sterling silver set of President Manuel L. Quezon is an elegant addition. The set is originally from the dining room of Quezon’s residence. The Quezon City government reconstructed the home and is now called Quezon Heritage House. The glassware sets include claret cups, punch bowl goblets, and dessert bowls. At formal gatherings in pre-war years, the Quezon family used this set of silver. Each of the pieces has the monogram “MLQ” or the initials of the president. This detail authenticates the antique tableware, passing on the identity of a powerful and wealthy family.

Mikimoto mini tiara. (Photograph courtesy of Leòn Gallery)

1970 Miss International Aurora Pijuan’s mini pearl tiara is another highlight of the auction. Mikimoto, the Tokyo-based jewelry company, handcrafted the exquisite tiara. The iconic gold crown encrusted with cultured pearls is a stunning addition to a jewelry collection. The proceeds will go to the Gem-Ver fishermen whose boat sank from the collision with a Chinese vessel.

LEFT: 100 Flowers in Bloom of Andres Barroquinto. Signed and dated 2014 (lower left), oil on canvas. 72″ x 60″ (182 cm x 152 cm). RIGHT: Untitled of Iya Consorio. Resin. 20″ x 22″ (51 cm x 56 cm).

Treasured possessions

Apart from the tiara and monogrammed glassware, there are paintings, antique decor, and furniture to expect at the auction. There are paintings of National Artist Jose Joya, Macario Vitalis, and Fernando Zobel. There are early Filipino furniture, books, and Chinese ceramics on auction as well to add to a growing antique collection. For those seeking unique and contemporary pieces, there is the painting of Andres Barrioquinto and resin of Iya Consorio. These two celebrate the eccentric or absurd through mesmerizing artworks.

Scroll below to see some of the pieces at the Leòn Gallery online auction.

LEFT: Mother and Child of Jose Joya. Signed and dated 1989 (lower left), pastel on paper. 19″ x 12″ (48 cm x 30 cm). RIGHT: Botijo of Fernando Zobel. Signed and dated 1964 (lower right), oil on paper. 12 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ (32 cm x 24 cm).
LEFT: Untitled of Macario Vitalis. Signed (lower left), oil on canvas. 9 1/2″ x 8″ (24 cm x 20 cm). RIGHT: Untitled of Dicher Alarcon. Signed (lower right), oil on canvas. 48″ x 48″ (122 cm x 122 cm).
LEFT: Barrio Scene of Diosdado Lorenzo. Signed and dated 1978 (lower left), oil on canvas. 24″ x 36″ (61 cm x 91 cm). RIGHT: Binondo Church of Elias Laxa. Signed and dated 1967 (lower right), mixed media. 12″ x 16″ (30 cm x 41 cm).

The Online Auction Edition 12 will be held on July 20-21, 2019 starting 11 AM at the ground floor of Eurovilla 1 Legazpi corner Herrera Street, Warehouse 14 La Fuerza Plaza, and 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Register as a buyer at www.leonexchange.com. For more information, visit www.leon-gallery.com or contact info[email protected] or call 856-2781.