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Artists’ works that will be auctioned at art+design (from L-R): Elias Laxa, Oscar Zalameda, Tam Austria, and Oliviera

Salcedo Auctions’ subsidiary Gavel&Block has more cause to celebrate this 2020 as it commemorates 10 years of being the pioneer of auctions in the Philippines, and it encourages both emerging and seasoned collectors to join in the occasion by participating in art+design—its sale season opener with a collection of almost 300 collectibles.

This particular auction focuses on the aesthete with an eye for potential—a chance for aspiring collectors to begin their hobby, and for established connoisseurs to add to their troves. Among the various works that includes crystal, porcelain, silver, rare books, and maps, art+design will have works from renowned Filipino artists such as National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Jose Joya, and BenCab, as well as iconic pieces by Roberto Chabet, Juvenal Sansó, Gus Ablbor, Romulo Olazo, and Nena Saguil, among others.

There will also be classic and contemporary design-centered collectibles for the home, including refined heirloom pieces made of jade and semi-precious stones, cocktail jewelry and crystal by the likes of Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Baccarat, Lalique, and Rosenthal, as well as Limoges bone china and baroque silver epergnes. Folk-genre is present in art+design through displays by Oscar Zalameda, Angelito Antonio, Tam Austria, Cesar Buenaventura, Elias Laxa, and Simeon Saulog.

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A highlight of the sole is a pair of drawings by the late performance artist Carlos Celdran—sketches that mirror his cultural activism—which marks his first appearance at a Gavel&Block auction and serves as a recognition of his legacy, and a tribute to a burgeoning artistic career, providing new and established collectors the opportunity to acquire work that history will continue to appreciate and reassess.

“We are excited to open our 10th year with this sale, which emphasizes the joy of collecting,” says managing director Victor Silvino. “Through art+design, we hope that more people will be able to experience the thrill of auctions, discovering a piece to start or add to their existing collections. It’s at the heart of what we do, being the leaders of the fine art and collectibles auction industry in the country, and is the perfect way to open our tenth-year anniversary celebrations.”

Gavel&Block will be holding a private viewing on Feb. 1, while the auction proper is on Feb. 8 at NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. In between both dates interested participants can preview the items publicly from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The art+design online catalogue is available at For inquiries, email or phone (+632) 8 659.4094, (8) 823.0956, or 0917 107 5581. Follow @gavelandblock on Facebook and Instagram.

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