‘Magnificent’ auction features Justiniano Asuncion, ‘Botong,’ Galo’s ‘Sarimanok,’ Navarro’s ‘Paradis’


Leon Gallery will hold the Magnificent September Auction on Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at the AIM Conference Center, JV del Rosario Foundation Bldg., Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

The auction will feature highly important Philippine art from the 19th century. Modern and contemporary works will also be bid out.

Highlights are “Barcos… en el Horizonte,” by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, consigned directly by the descendants of Hidalgo; a large 48”  x 48” oil work by Anita Magsaysay-Ho; and Jorge Pineda’s (1837-1907) “Chongka,” a 1933 oil-on-canvas, and “Bamboo in the Fields,” a 1934 oil-on-canvas.

“BAHAY Kubo,” by Diosdado Lorenzo

Also to be auctioned off are Justiniano Asuncion’s (1816-1901) “India Mestiza de China” and “Española,” both 19th-century watercolor-on-paper, from the collection of Spanish scholar Ramón Menéndez Pidal (1869-1868), professor of Romance philology at University of Madrid (1899-1939).

Notable works by National Artist Vicente Manansala to be auctioned off are “Fish Vendor” and “Mother and Child,” both 1969 oil-on-canvas works contained in intricately carved wooden frames, from the collection of the late journalist-columnist Joe Guevarra. Manansala’s “Trees” (1979)  will also be bid out.

National Artist Cesar Legaspi’s (1917-1994) “Waterfall,” a 1992 oil-on-canvas, will also be be bid out.

“PARADIS ’98,” by Jerry Elizalde Navarro

Other notable works: Manuel Rodriguez Sr.’s “Bayohan” and “Warrior,” 1971 and 1975 etchings from the Father of Philippine Printmaking; Pineda’s (1879-1946) “Bamboo in the Fields,”  a 1934 oil-on-canvas; Tam Austria’s 1980 “Mother and Child”;  Diosdado Lorenzo’s (1906-1983) “Bahay Kubo,” a 1953 oil-on-wood.

Others: Lee Aguinaldo’s “Yellow Circulation” 3; National Artist J. Elizalde Navarro’s (1924-1999) “Unforgettable Visit to Manhattan, New York,” a 1954 oil-on-canvas, and his “Paradis ’98,” an acrylic-on-canvas; Serafin Serna’s (1895-1985) “Dalagang Bukid,” a 1954 oil-on-canvas; Miguel Galvez’s (1912-1989) “Lavanderas,” an oil-on-canvas; Teodoro Buenaventura’s (1863-1950) “Untitled,” a 1929 oil-on-canvas;

Gabriel Custodio’s (1912-1993) “Asinan sa Cavite,” 1996 oil-on-canvas; Solomon Saprid’s (1917-2003) “Sabungero,” a brass work, from the Cecille Mitra collection (her husband, Speaker Ramon V. Mitra, was a cockfight aficionado); Dominador Castañeda’s (1904-1967) “Beachcombers,” a 1945 watercolor-on-paper; Alfredo Carmelo’s (1896-1985) “World War II Dog Fight” I and II, both 1945 watercolor-on-paper; Legaspi’s  “Heroes,” a 1979 oil-on-wood;

National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz’s (1932-2011) “Still Life,” 1963 oil-on-canvas, and “Baguio Trail,” a 1987 oil work; Ricarte Puruganan’s (1912-1998) “Dancing Girls,” a 1995 acrylic-on-canvas;

“DANCING Girls,” by Ricarte Puruganan

National Artist Botong Francisco’s (1912-1969) “La Jota Montadena” and “Sayaw Panasahan, both watercolor-on-paper; Romeo V. Tabuena’s “Harvest,” a 1960 oil-on-board, and “Nightfall, a 1976 acrylic; Eduardo Perrenoud Jr.’s (1913-1995) “Market Scene,” signed, dated and inscribed “Manila 1972,” an oil-on-canvas;  Romulo Galicano’s (b. 1945) “Babaeng T’boli,” a 2005 oil-on-canvas;

Macario Vitalis’ (1898-1990) “Untitled,” an oil-on-board; Oscar Zalameda’s (1930-2010) “Sailboats,” a 1966 watercolor-on-paper; Gabriel Custodio’s (1912-1993) “Ruins of Intramuros,” a 1954 watercolor-on-paper; Godofredo Mendoza’s (b. 1948) “Church,” a 1971 oil-on-canvas; Onib Olmedo’s (1937-1996) “Man with the Red Band,” a 1978 oil-on-canvas; Galo B. Ocampo’s (1913-1985) “Sarimanok,” a 1951 oil-on-masonite-board; Pablo Amorsolo’s (1898-1945) “Road by the Sea,” a 1944 oil-on-canvas;

Tam Austria’s (b. 1943) “Mother and Child II,” a 1985 oil-on-canvas; Rodolfo Ragodon’s (1929-2001) “Church of Villadolid, Negros,” a 1993 watercolor-on-paper; and  Romulo Olazo’s (b. 1934) “Diaphanous”  589, a 1984 oil-on-canvas.

“HEROES,” by Cesar Legaspi

Contemporary works to be auctioned off are by Ronald Ventura, Randy Solon, Jigger Cruz, Rodel Tapaya, Constantino Zicarelli and John Santos.

But perhaps the most notable contemporary work to be bid out is Esquillo’s “Daang Ligid Krus” (1996), a 73” x 65” work that won the Asean Art Award and the Philip Morris Art Award, and probably the most traveled Philippine artwork for having been exhibited abroad, such as at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 1998. The work is owned by artist Claude Tayag.

A foreign work in the auction is Joan Miro’s (1893-1983) “Dans La Lueur Oblique,” a 1976 mixed-media.  Lito B. Zulueta

Preview of lots will be on Sept. 23-27.  Complete catalog access at  Call tel. 8467416 or e-mail

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