Following the practice of social distancing, Palacio de Memoria’s auction house, Casa de Memoria, also known simply as Casa, will be offering a new experience through two special online auctions marking its fourth anniversary. Part of the proceeds will go toward projects helping the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the “new normal,” we are now easing into and seeing how quickly some things can change. There is a better appreciation of the beauty in permanence, pieces with history and heritage whose styles have stood the test of time, not swaying with every trend and taste.
Casa’s Primero and Segundo anniversary auctions will be held online at, powered by Invaluable, on May 30 and 31, respectively, both at 2 p.m. Although the form of the auction has moved online, Casa continues to showcase a curated selection of beautiful artworks, antiques, and heirlooms of European-Filipino provenance for the most discerning.
As we have spent significant time at home, we understand how important each individual piece is to create the sanctuary that has sheltered and given us comfort. But many people are unable to be at home in these trying times, which is why Casa has committed that proceeds from both auctions will go toward funding the emergency quarantine facility (EQF) at St. Ana Hospital Manila for Covid-19 patients.
Not only does this help frontliners provide the necessary medical attention for their patients, but a comfortable EQF can also help calm patients riddled with stress, anxiety, and even depression. Designed by WTA Architecture and Design Studio, the facility can accommodate 15 beds, a testing box, sanitation and disinfection areas, and a nurse’s lounge.

The Emergency Quarantine Facility for Sta. Ana Hospital Manila is designed by WTA Architecture and Design Studio

The Emergency Quarantine Facility for Sta. Ana Hospital Manila is designed by WTA Architecture and Design Studio.

“Our current situation, while it may be difficult, has taught us the value of helping one another,” says Camille Lhuillier, the general manager of Palacio de Memoria. “These two auctions are special for us as we enable ourselves to reach out to our community while showcasing the beauty and legacy of the illustrious past.”
At the Primero auction on May 30, some treasures that are up for bidding are the rare “Islas Filipinas” map by Francisco Coello and Antonio Morata, an ivory and bronze art sculpture by Louis Barthelemy of ethical provenance, an art nouveau lamp and glass vase by Émile Gallé, and two 20th-century distinct Murano goblets, among over silver, crystals, memorabilia, and decorative art pieces.
The Segundo auction on May 31 presents close to 300 lots of fine European objets d’art and collectibles, as well as artwork by respected local painters.

Napoleon III Pietra Dura Commode

Napoleon III Pietra Dura Commode, one of the European objets d’art lots up for auction

Romeo Tabuena’s Still Life is a tribute to the international artists’ affair with cubism, painted in 1995. The Still Life with Vase and Glass Center by National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz is an oil-on-canvas work.

Still Life with Vase and Glass Center by National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz

Still Life with Vase and Glass Center by National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz

Prolific painter Betsy Westendorp’s Summer Nights in Madrid finds its way to the auction book. Provenance Gallery owner Joanna Preysler notes in an interview with Metro.Style that “Betsy’s works are soothing, healing balm, a much-needed treat for the soul and for the eyes, especially in this time of chaos and disorder. She’s very constant and dedicated to her art.” Westendorp is a Lazo de Dama de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica awardee, bestowed by King Juan Carlos, and a Presidential Medal of Merit for Art and Culture guarantee, given by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“Summer Nights in Madrid” by prolific painter Betsy Westendorp de Brias

Summer Nights in Madrid by prolific painter Betsy Westendorp de Brias

A unique offering expanding the diverse curation of the auction is a lithograph by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso of a historical poster of the exhibit Sala Gaspar, Drawings by Picasso, April 1961, with handmade drawings by the artist. Signed in plate and dated 1961, it is a limited edition. Only 500 copies were made.
To register for the Primero and Segundo auctions, visit Absentee bids can also be placed before the live auction. Interested parties may also opt for telephone biddings. | (02) 8 253 3994 | | Facebook@thecasadememoria | Instagram: @casadememoria

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