Casa de Memoria holds first Primero event for 2022

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Casa de Memoria holds first Primero event for 2022
A set of featured lots for the April Primero Auction

A rich and resplendent selection of European and Filipino pieces makes Primero, Casa de Memoria’s first auction for 2022, a delight for the connoisseur. Set for auction are 222 lots that imbue a time sense for history, from unique ivory work boxes, a rare Tabuena sketch book, and a unique maquette filled dresser.  Set for April 30, the Lhuillier-managed auction house vernissage begins on April 7 for viewing.

“As we come back to doing the things we love, like going to exhibits and the theater, we at The Casa put together a selection of what we are known for, European and Spanish pieces that make a difference in one’s home. For the last two years we have been homebound, and now you have the opportunity to attend an auction, have a lunch at our restaurant and tour our grounds,” notes Camille Lhuillier-Albani, General Manager of Casa de Memoria.

Casa de Memoria holds first Primero event for 2022
Camille Lhuillier-Albani, General Manager of Casa de Memoria, welcomes the press during the Primero Auction Press Preview held April 7, 2022

Miguel Rosales, Casa de Memoria’s curator, selected key pieces for the opening auction at the house. A sampling of 222 pieces shows the intricacy and intensity of design from the periods they were resident, some over 200 years old.

LOT 129
“Portrait of a Soldier with a Baton,” by Joseph Marie Vien Le Jeune (1761 – 1848)
Early 19th century, France
90 x 106 cm

An imposing portrait of a Napoleonic soldier, done in oil painting on canvas. Signed and dated 1806. The artist became the director of French Academy in Rome (1775 – 1781), and was appointed as a senatory by Napoleon Bonaparte himself. With an ornately carved and gilt frame. Heralded as a distinguished French citizen, the artist’s remained were interred in the Panthéon in Paris.

Starts at PHP 280,000.00


LOT 097
Napoleon III period Game Table
19th century, France
45 x 86 x 78 cm

With boullework marquetry on top and apron; as well as ormolu masks, mounts, and sabots. Convertible to a console table.

Starts at PHP 120,000.00


LOT 143
French Dieppe Mirror with Ivory Mounts
Late 19th Century, France
51 x 82 cm

An exquisite mirror decorated with an assemblage of ivory mounts carved as foliage, angels, lions, lyre, and various armorial devices. Banner on top bears “MONTIOYE St. DENYS,” the battle-cry of France since the 12th century, but was said to be alluding to Charlemagne’s legendary banner. Likely from 1870s or 1880s Dieppe — a known center of intricate ivory carving in France since the early Renaissance.

Starts at PHP 140,000.00

The collection itself is museum quality and easily obtainable. Each piece will be a highlight in the home. “We see ourselves as caretakers of history, and our auctions provide new residencies for these pieces.  This auction comes at a time as we continue to celebrate 500 years of the arrival of Spain, making the Philippines the trading hub from Asia to Europe,” adds Albani.

Casa de Memoria’s preview is at the storied Palacio de Memoria, built during the Commonwealth Period, the once sea side estate that survived the carpet bombing of Manila. A visit to the Palacio itself is filled with history.

Join the Casa de Memoria’s cocktails on April 21, Thursday, starting at 6pm, and its live auction on April 30, Saturday, 2pm. Casa de Memoria is the auction house of Palacio de Memoria, located along Roxas Boulevard in Parañaque City.

For more information on Casa de Memoria’s auction event, visit, or follow @thecasadememoria on Facebook and @casadememoria on Instagram.

Casa de Memoria holds first Primero event for 2022
A set of featured lots for the April Primero Auction


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