León Exchange will hold its ninth online auction on Oct. 19-20 and among lots that will go under the hammer are exquisite furniture and accessories from the collection of the late businesswoman, style maven, and philanthropist Presentacion “Presy” Lopez-Psinakis.
Lopez-Psinakis was the only daughter of tycoon Eugenio H. Lopez Sr., founder of the Lopez Group of companies.
She married Greek-American Steve Psinakis, and living for a time in Greece, put up a famous Asian boutique that showcased handicrafts, objets d’art, and antiques from the Philippines and other Asian countries.
During martial law, she helped her brother, Geny Lopez Jr., and Sergio Osmeña III, escape from political imprisonment by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
After the Edsa Revolution, she headed the Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation Inc., which provided financial assistance to public school students.
She was also a travel businesswoman and board member of ABS-CBN, the biggest Southeast Asian TV network. She passed away on July 25, 2017. She was 81.
Jaime Ponce de León of León Exchange said Lopez-Psinakis’ sophisticated and very informed taste reflected on her furniture and accessories.
There are Chinese carved flower vase with peonies,
Puyat-style dining table, including 14 dining chairs, a finely carved Chinese elephant ivory tusk, Persian carpets, a marble-topped Gessoed Baroque Demilune console table, a camphor chest, a kamagong altar table, and a French Empire dresser with marquetry.
“One can indulge his or her taste for the exquisite at various price points at the upcoming online auction and all that from one’s armchair or boudoir,” Ponce de León said. “The online auction gives clients the convenience of bidding through their mobiles or laptops, without having to trek all the way to where physical auctions happen.”
For art lovers and beginning collectors, the visual art section of the online auction offers extensive choices from old masters to modernists and contemporary favorites.
Araceli Dans “Pagsikat ng Araw”; Cesar Buenaventura’s “Still Life” and “Landscape”; Romeo Tabuena’s “Barrio Scene”; Federico Aguilar Alcuaz’s “Portrait of a Lady; Juvenal Sansó’s “Rock Crevice”; a Cesar Legazpi’s “Nude”; and Vicente Manansala’s “Landscape.
“There is something for all art collectors and enthusiasts as well as for those who simply want to live with beautiful and stylish things,” Ponce de León said. –CONTRIBUTED
Previews of lots for the 9th León Exchange Online Auction will start Oct. 16, at León Gallery in B14 La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. Visit www.leonexchange.com.