2 volumes of Fray Blanco’s ‘Flora de Filipinas’ up for auction at León
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:00 AM March 10, 2014
Leon Gallery Fine Arts and Antiques will hold the “Glorious Easter Auction” on March 22, 2 p.m., at Eurovilla 1 Rufino and Legazpi Streets Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Preview is on March 16-21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Of particular interest to book antiquarians are two complete volumes of “Flora de Filipinas” from 1878 of Augustinian Fray Manuel Blanco that will be auctioned off.
A very rare oil-on-canvas work by Roberto Chabet dated 1961 will be sold alongside a documented 1978 work on canvas of National Artist Vicente Manansala.
Founded in 2010, León Gallery is primarily known as the leading gallery specializing in historically important and museum-quality Philippine art.
Old Master paintings such as those done by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fabian de la Rosa and Fernando Amorsolo lie at the core of León Gallery’s collection. The gallery’s holdings also include modernist works of notable artists such as Fernando Zobel, Romeo Tabuena, Diosdado Lorenzo and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz.
Since the pieces of León Gallery are steeped in history and tradition, hence having “impeccable provenance,” the gallery “persists to have an exemplary level of scholarship, especially in the authentication and documentation of important pieces,” said Jaime Ponce de León, gallery owner. “Thus, authenticity for each artwork is guaranteed.”