Gavel&Block's August Auction is a Wonderful Emporium of Curiosities

A vignette of black-and-white photos from Christian Dior Studio and paintings of modern Filipino artists like Arturo Luz and Vicente Manansala. These are only a few of the prized pieces for auction at Gavel&Block’s Emporium sale on August 10 at NEX Tower. While most auctions feature antique pieces, Gavel&Block places young and first-time collectors at the forefront. Emporium presents an astonishing range of fine art, prints, and vintage pieces.

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OSCAR ZALAMEDA. Untitled (Market Scene). Undated Oil on canvas. (Photograph from Gavel&Block)

The bustle of the marketplace

The Emporium draws inspiration from the market scene. This includes the flea market vendors on Portobello Road and Marché aux Puces de Vanves in Paris. These markets offer a diverse range of furniture, glassware, jewelry, memorabilia, paintings, and curiosities. This variety creates a busy setting for customers that Gavel&Block wants to render in Emporium.

Unlike other auctions targeted towards mature and established collectors, Emporium invites a contemporary audience. Chairman and Principal Specialist Richie Lerma shares, “With emporium, not only can [collectors] discover modern and contemporary art from local and international artists, they also have the chance to bring the art home to hopefully get started on their own personal collections.” Original prints from Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse are among the perfect pieces to add to one’s roster of artists. Other highlights include the Black Collage of Arturo Luz and Untitled (Market Scene) of Oscar Zalameda, another inspiration for the theme.

Scroll below to see the main highlights of Emporium on August 10.

Gavel&Block will be holding the ‘Emporium’ auction on August 10, 2019, at the new Salcedo Auctions showroom Ground & Podium Levels, NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

LEFT: ARTURO LUZ. Black Collage (2000) Mixed media on canvas. RIGHT: ALFONSO OSSORIO. Untitled (1984) Reverse etching A/P. (Photographs from Gavel&Block)
LEFT: ARTURO LUZ. Homage to Aalto (2013) Ipil wood. RIGHT: EDUARD CASTRILLO. Mother and Child (2000) Brass. (Photographs from Gavel&Block)
ESTATE OF VICENTE MANANSALA. Masaganang Ani (From the IRRI mural series) 2014 (Authorized edition based on the oil on canvas, 1962) Giclee print on canvas 10/25. (Photograph from Gavel&Block)

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