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Up for auction–furniture from famous Legarda house in San Miguel, Manila

Also to be auctioned off online by Leónexchange is the silver medal certificate won by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s ‘La Parisienne’ in the 1889 Paris Expo
/ 05:01 AM April 16, 2018

Paris Expo 1889 silver-medal certificate of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo

Excellent furniture made during the first quarter of the 20th century and which graced the famous house in San Miguel, Manila, of Alejandro Roces Legarda will be auctioned off León Gallery’s 7th online auction on April 27-28, starting at 2 p.m.

All bidding will be through the Leónexchange platform at


Jaime Ponce de León of León Gallery said the highlight of auction would be “the contents of the famous residence of Dr. Alejandro Roces Legarda and Dona Ramona Hernandez.”

“Baras Church,” by Carlos “Botong” Francisco

The Legarda Ancestral House was built in 1937 and was among the first Art Deco houses in Manila. Houses flanking both sides of the Legarda Ancestral House as well as other houses on the street belong to the other members of the Legarda-Valdes-Prieto clan.

“The house on San Rafael Street in San Miguel is also known as ‘Cocina de Tita Moning’ which housed the magnificent “La Inocencia” by Felix Resureccion Hidalgo,” Ponce de León explained. “The furniture of the home are exquisite examples from the 1920s to the 1930s.”

Among the paintings in the auction are exquisite works by Juvenal Sansó, Arturo Luz, Hernando R. Ocampo, as well as watercolors by Carlos V. Francisco.

“Flowers,” by Malang

Among the furniture and objets d’art are pieces from the collections of the National Artist Jose Joya and the respected antiquarian, art critic and jeweler Ramon N. Villegas.

Also included in the sale is the 1889 Certificate of Silver Medal award of Felix Resureccion Hidalgo at the Universal Exposition in Paris for the work “La Parisienne.”

Batangas altar console table

Also to be bidded out is the philatelic cover envelope addressed to Don Pedro Paterno by Ferdinand Blumentritt.

Lalique and silver, Chinoiserie, early Filipino furniture, China, books and photographs are all part of this well rounded sale.
There will be a preview exhibit of the works to be auctioned off, according to Ponce de León.

Interior of the Legarda House, with Hidalgo’s famous painting, “La Inocencia”

“The interior curation of the exhibition which begins on Monday, April 23, is by the talented interior decorator Antonio Paolo del Rosario,” the León Gallery owner said. –CONTRIBUTED


Exhibition will run until April 26 at León Gallery, Eurovilla 1, Makati City. Call 8562781; visit

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