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P 123,456 Provenance: Estate of the artist Dona Maria Barbara Padilla y Flores Dona Rosario Paz de Perez Dona Lourdes Perez del Rosario, thence by descent. Literature: De la Paz, Christian L., Private Collections, 2009, p. 241

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The piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Andrew Ang confirming the authenticity of the lot.

This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Name confirming the authenticity of this lot.

Kiukok paints fish with all their bones exposed and intentionally avoided the scale and skin as these would render them too realistic.

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From being dark, foreboding, and even grim, Kiukok's fish series steadily evolved with years to become more celebratory and upbeat. This work from 1975 straddles that transitory period, the cusp, where he moves, as it were, into the light. Property from the Sylvia Roces-Montilla Collection

0 Artist 0000 Ti t l e SignedAndDated Medium Size P 123,456 Provenance: DummyText. Literature: DummyText. This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Name confirming the authenticity of this lot. Signed, dated and inscribed "Al amic gustavo camps", this charcoal work of a street violinist accompanied by a child holding up a platter for alms is, in all likelihood, one of the many interesting denizens that peppered the streets of Barcelona which he called home from for nine years.

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1 Manuel Rodriguez Sr.

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(a.) Bayohan

Signed and dated 1 9 7 1 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Etc hing, artist's co p y 24 3/4 " x 19 1/2 " (62 . 8 c m x 4 9 . 5 c m ) (b.) Warrior

Signed and dated 1 9 7 5 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Etc hing, artist's co p y 24 3/4 " x 19 1/2 " (62 . 8 c m x 4 9 . 5 c m )

(a.) An early work from 1945, this piece is an outstanding example of how Rodriguez is able to meld his mastery of the printmaking technique (a Western form) with that of traditional Filipino imagery, such as the one rendered here in modernist mode: male and female figures pounding grain and formed by geometric shapes. (b.) Another fine example of how Rodriguez deftly brings together Western art styles with a uniquely Filipino subject matter, in this case a tribesman with a shield adorned with traditional patterns, a spear and earrings.

P 12,000 Provenance: Private collection, New York.

2 Mauro “Malang” Santos

1928 F l o w e r Ve n d o r Signed and dated 1992 (lower left) Print, 231/500 10” x 8” (25.4cm x 20.3cm)

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3 Ronald Ventura 1973 Retrace Signed, titled, and d a t e d 1 9 9 9 ( b o t t o m ) Mixed media on p a p e r 12 1/2 " x 9" (31.7c m x 2 2 . 8 c m ) P 60,000

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4 Ang Kiukok

1931 - 2005 Christ III Signed and dated 1 9 9 4 ( u p p e r l e f t ) Pe n and Ink 12" x 9" (30.48cm x 2 2 . 8 6 c m )

P 14,000 Provenance: With Finale Art file.

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5 Jorge Pineda 1879 - 1946 Bamboo in the Fields Signed and dated 1934 (upper right) Oil on canvas 14" x 11" (35.56cm x 27.94cm) P 70,000

6 Tam Austria 1943 Mother and Child Signed and dated 1980 (upper right) Oil on canvas 36" x 48" (91.44cm x 121.92cm) P 160,000

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7 Diosdado Lorenzo 1906 - 1983 Bahay Kubo Signed and dated 1 9 5 3 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on wood panel 25 1/2 " x 28" (64.7 c m x 7 1 . 1 c m ) P 150,000 Provenance: With Galleria Duemilla Literature: A. Guillermo, Diosdado Lorenzo: Art Rebel to Legend, Manila 2009, p. 209.

This work by Lorenzo from 1953 entitled "Bahay Kubo" is a pertinent example of how the artist remained committed to his favorite subject matter, rural landscapes, even as he pursued a more modernist bent. It is said that he was greatly influenced by Italian Naturalism and Impressionism, which is not at all unlikely due to his further studies at the Accademia de Belle Arti and the Scuola Libera, both in Italy.

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Victorio Edades 1895 - 1985 Female Nude Signed and date d 1 9 7 4 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Charcoal on pap e r 11" x 16 1/2 " (27 . 9 c m x 4 1 . 9 c m )

Elias Laxa 1904 -1990 Lake Scene Signed and dated 1973 (lower right) Oil on canvas 28" x 35" (71.1cm x 88.9cm)

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Provenance: A gift from the artist (with dedication in verso).

Provenance: Estate of the artist, thence by descent.

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10 Pacita Abad 1946 - 2004 Joker Signed and dated 1 9 9 0 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Acrylic and oil on c a n v a s 22" x 37" (55.88cm x 9 3 . 9 8 c m ) P 60,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

Pacita Abad travelled extensively as an artist and the periods that comprise her works are marked by the many places she had visited or resided in. "Joker," the title of this piece from 1990, was made during the tail-end of Abad's return and four-year stay in Washington, DC. During this time, she also visited Mexico wherein its rich culture served as an influence in her art.

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11 Angelito Antonio 1939 T h e F i s h Ve n d o r Signed and dated 1984 (lower left) Oil on wood 22" x 18" (55.8cm x 45.7cm) P 10,000

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12 Geraldine Javier

1970 Ang Sipay Signed, Inscribed "Ang Sipay" (bottom) Print (1/6) 1 3 3/4" x 1 1 " ( 3 4 . 9 c m x 2 7 . 9 c m )

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13 Romulo Olazo

1934 Untitled 83 Signed and dated 1 9 8 5 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Mixed media 36" x 48" (91.44cm x 1 2 1 . 9 2 c m )

P 240,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Germany.

This work by Olazo is not all that common as its predominant color is yellow -- bright, bursting -- as opposed to his penchant for monochromatic hues.

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14 Jose Joya

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S i g ned and dated 1977 (lo w e r r i g h t ) C h arcoal on paper 7 3 / 4 " x 10 1/2 " (19.69cm x 2 6 . 6 7 c m )

Provenance: Private collection, Navotas. Both pieces are accompanied by certificates issued by Mrs. Josefa Joya-Baldovino confirming the authenticity of the lots.

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House S i g ned and dated 1977 (lo w e r r i g h t ) C h arcoal on paper 7 3 / 4 " x 10 1/2 " (19.69cm x 2 6 . 6 7 c m )

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15 Vicente Manansala 1910 - 1981 Tr e e s Signed and dated 1979 (upper right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 3 0 1/2" x 2 4 1/2" ( 7 7 . 4 c m x 6 2 . 2 c m ) P 70,000 Provenance: Private collection, Makati.

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16 Lee Aguinaldo 1933 - 2007 Yellow Circulatio n N o . 3 1975 Ac rylic 24 1/50 " x 24 1/50 " ( 6 1 c m x 6 1 c m ) P 120,000 Literature: M.V. Herrera, et. al, The Life and Times of Lee Aguinaldo, Quezon City 2011, p. 262 The painting is accompanied by a certificate issued by Galeria Duemila confiriming the authenticity of the lot.

“Yellow is a very favorable vibration for mental or intellectual activity as it promotes a clear state of mind. Yellow heightens your awareness and alleviates depression, sadness, or any kind of despondency.” (T. Yun Kim, The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy.”) The late Lee Aguinaldo was an avid student of Josef Albers’s theory on the interaction of color, of which his series “Homage to the Square” was the visual exemplar. Appropriating the geometric shape, Aguinaldo produced his own series titled “Circulation.” (The other series he was famous for was titled “Linear.”) Within the tight and disciplined confine of the square, Aguinaldo held in opposition one dominant color hemmed in by the tension of another, closing in from all four sides. The result is the extraordinary radiance that emanates as if from within a molten light, summoned by the artist’s masterly and controlled handling of the brush, which gradates the distribution of pigment to fine degrees of either warm or cold hues and tones. As one of the pioneers of Philippine abstraction, Lee Aguinaldo left an enduring legacy of artworks – refined, contemplative, intensely minimalist but redeemed by his exquisite taste for bold and braze colors. - Cid Reyes

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17 Ferdinand Cacnio

1960 Kubo by the Lake Signed and dated 2012 (base) Mixed media 1 4 " x 7 1 / 2 " x 1 2 1 / 4 " ( 3 5 . 5 6 c m x 1 9 . 0 5 c m x 3 1 . 1 2 cm) (no base)

P 40,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by the artist confirming the authenticity of the lot.

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18 Fernando Zobel

1924 - 1984 Lines and Circles I Signed and inscribed "P/A" (lower left) Etching, artist's copy 5 3/4" x 7 3/4" ( 1 4 . 6 c m x 1 9 . 6 c m )

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19 Marina Cruz 1982 Flower Girls Signed and dated 2 0 1 1 ( r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 60" x 48" (152.2 x 1 2 1 . 9 2 c m ) P 80,000

Marina Cruz’ multimedia works delve on the unearthed and retrieved—from infant dresses to empty domestic spaces to old photographs. By gently probing into the past, she explores the challenge of giving visibility and materiality to such absence. Flower Girls is one such representation wherein Cruz paints a portrait of two grave girls clothed in white. For Cruz, materialization does not end with the evidence but in the active performance--hence the artist’s intervention of “sewing” and “stitching” another layer, as if to confirm the authenticity of the proof.

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20 Manuel Rodriguez Jr.

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Mountain Run Signed 1993 (lower left) Oil on canvas 35" x 24" (88.9cm x 60.96cm)

P 40,000 Literature: M. Duldulao, Twentieth Century Philippine Artists,’ Vol. 1, China 1995, p. 181

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21 Demetrio dela Cruz 1971 Baka S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 2 0 1 1 ( l o w er left) Oil on canvas 7 3 1/2" x 7 3 1/2" ( 1 8 6 . 6 9 c m x 186.69cm) P 90,000 Provenance: With Pinto Gallery.

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J. Elizalde Navarro regarded himself first and foremost as an abstractionist. As such he has always held as a primary influence on his works the art of the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, regarded, together with Piet Mondrian, as the pioneer of abstraction.

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1924-1999 Unforgettable V i s i t t o M a n h a t t a n , N e w Yo r k Signed and dated 1 9 5 4 ( l e f t ) Oil on canvas 57" x 35" (144.78 c m x 8 8 . 9 c m )

P 280,000 The painting is accompanied by a certificate issued by the artist confiriming the authenticity of the lot.

Kandinsky was obsessed with geometric forms, in particular the circle, which he believed to be “a link with the cosmic”. In 1926, he painted a work titled “Several Circles”, a groundbreaking work that showed the path to endless possibilities. Navarro himself found a deeply spiritual affinity with the circle, which later, in his own distinctive style, he evolved and applied in round, flat discs of multicolored acrylic globules, massed and orchestrated in a pointillistic manner. “The Unforgettable Visit” memorializes the very first time the artist set foot in New York where, at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), he beheld for the first time, and was spellbound by the sight of Kandinsky’s life – changing works. – Cid Reyes

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Serafin Serna 1895 - 1985 Dalagan g B u k i d Signed a n d d a t e d 1 9 5 4 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on ca n v a s 21" x 26 2/5 " (53 cm x 67 cm)

Miguel Galvez

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Provenance: Private collection, Baguio.

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1912 - 1989 Lavanderas Signed (lower right) Oil on canvas 18" x 24" (45.72cm x 60.96cm)


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25 Teodoro Buenaventura 1863 - 1950 Untitled Signed and dated 1 9 2 9 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 28" x 33" (71.1cm x 8 3 . 8 c m ) P 90,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Makati.

Teodoro Buenaventura is considered as one of the early masters of classical realism. In 1899, he opened a school in his home, the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura, where, among those he mentored, was Isidro Ancheta, Jorge Pineda, and Fernando Amorsolo. As a sizable number of his oeuvre was shamefully destroyed during WWII, an early work of this caliber - of beautiful, almost fairly-like maidens lounging by a stream in a forest - comes only once very so often.

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Gabriel Custodio 1912 - 1993 A s inan sa Cavite S i g ned and dated 1966 (lo w e r r i g h t ) O i l on canvas 2 3 1 / 2 " x 34 1/2 " (59.6cm x 8 7 . 6 c m )

Solomon Saprid

P 18,000 Custodio was a highly-skilled painter in the academic representational mold. Conservative in style, he favored subjects such as rural scenes and landscapes, such as this work which is a depiction of nipa huts surrounding salt beds.

Sabungero Brass 11 1/2 " x 6 1/2 " x 7

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1917 - 2003

(29.21cm x 16.51cm x 19.05cm)

P 12,000 Provenance: Ramon V. Mitra, thence by descent. Ramon V. Mitra, former Speaker of the House, senator, and statesman, was an avid fighting cock aficionado who bred and developed his own crossbreed line of Oriental gamecock -- Mitra 54, Mitra 55, and Mitra 56 -that successfully defeated other Western breeds. The sculpture by Saprid, so rightfully representative of Mr. Mitra, has witnessed turning points in history, being by his desk for a very long time.

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28 Jerry Elizalde Navarro

1924 - 1999 Paradis '98 Signed and dated 1 9 9 8 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Ac rylic on canvas 48" x 60" (121.9cm x 1 5 2 . 4 c m )

P 450,000 The painting is accompanied by a certificate issued by the artist confiriming the authenticity of the lot.

National Artist J. Elizalde Navarro was renowned for the great variety and diversity of his works. So encompassing was his graphic skills that they ranged from the conservative and classical down to Pop and Abstraction, all of which left their distinctive mark in Navarro’s oeuvre. The incorporation of text imagery, recalling early Picasso’s “Ma Joli,” was a trademark of Navarro’s Pop iconography. A superb example is the work titled “Paradis” (1996). The painting is inscribed with the word “Paradis” (French for paradise) and animated by seemingly unrelated images of a spaceman, a floating planet Earth, an elephant, a deer. Not known to many is that Navarro was a dance enthusiast, watching mainly on cable TV many dance performances. He was engrossed by the dynamics of choreography and challenged himself to translate an art of time and motion into the static medium of painting. “Paradis” was an actual dance performed in Manila sponsored by the French Embassy. It is an exultant work brimming with a fond memory and brilliant chromatic exhilaration. - Cid Reyes

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29 Mauro “Malang” Santos

1928 Tr e s M a r i a s S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 2 0 0 4 ( l o w e r r i g h t) Gouache on paper 11" x 8" (27.94cm x 20.32cm)

P 18,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by West Gallery confirming the authenticity of this lot.

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30 Dominador Castañeda

1904 - 1967 Beach Combers Signed and dated 1945 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 7 1/2" x 1 0 1/2" ( 1 9 . 0 5 c m x 2 6 . 6 7 c m )

P 12,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

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31 Benedicto Cabrera 1942 Mag-ina Signed 'Cabrera' a n d d a t e d 1 9 8 3 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Acrylic and pastel o n p a p e r 19 1/2 " x 14 1/2 " (4 9 . 5 3 c m x 3 6 . 8 3 c m ) P 240,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Makati.

This work is highly reminiscent of his Sabel series, which has become the artist's vehicle for the transmission of intensely emotional moods. But instead of a solitary figure, you have the image of a mother and child.

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32 Alfredo Carmelo

1896 - 1985 Wa r I I D o g F i g h t I Signed and dated 1945 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 1 5 " x 1 8 1/2" ( 3 8 . 1 c m x 4 6 . 9 c m )

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Wa r I I D o g F i g h t I I Signed and dated 1945 (lower left) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 16" x 20" (40.6cm x 50.8cm) OO

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Provenance: Estate of the artist Thence by descent to his daughter, Susie C. Garcia Acquired from the above by the present owner. As an ace aviator - he bore the distinction of being the first Filipino to fly solo in the Philippines - it is not surprising that these two paintings of WWII fighter planes in action - one in an air to ground attack while the other in the midst of a dog fight - are rendered in technical accuracy that results in action-packed imagery.

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33 Hugo Yonzon

1924 - 1994 Balete Signed (lower right) Oil on canvas 3 3 1 / 2 " x 3 8 1 / 2 " ( 8 5 c m x 9 7.7cm)

P 18,000 Provenance: Private collection, Makati.

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34 Cesar Legaspi

1917 - 1994 "Heroes" Signed and dated 1 9 7 9 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on wood 17 1/2 " x 22 1/2 " (4 4 . 4 5 c m x 5 7 . 1 5 c m )

P 120,000 Provenance: With Finale Art File Acquired from the above by the present owner.1994 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Dennis K. Legaspi confirming the authenticity of this lot.

A shining example of the works he produced in mid-career, this portrait of Filipino heroes Antonio Luna and MH del Pilar was produced in 1979, the year Legaspi was appointed head of the elite collective of visual artists called The Saturday Group. Combining portraiture and the unconventional cubist style he's known for -- he injects the inherently emotion-less cubism with human emotion, in this case a sense of celebration and nationalistic pride -"Heroes" is undeniably vintage Legaspi.

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35 Wire Tuazon 1973 SK Writing Incident Oil on canvas 2 4 1 / 2 " x 1 8 1 / 2 " ( 6 2 . 2 3 c m x 4 6 . 99cm) P 8,000

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36 Loreto Racuya

1940 Market Scene S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 9 5 ( l o w e r l e f t) Oil on canvas 2 3 1 / 2 " x 2 3 1 / 2 " ( 5 9 . 6 9 c m x 5 9 . 6 9cm)

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37 Federico Aguilar Alcuaz

1932 - 2011

Still Life Signed and dated 1 9 6 3 ( v e r s o ) Oil on canvas 32" x 25" (81.28cm x 6 3 . 5 c m )

P 280,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Christian Aguilar confirming the authenticity of this lot.

Alcuaz has been described as an "abstract artist of the highest order" and this still life, one of his favorite subjects, validates this. It is dramatic, passionate, and most of all, radiant of the intensity of Alcuaz's artistry and mastery of the brush.

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38 Emmanuel Garibay 1962 To w n F i e s t a S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 9 5 ( l o w e r r i g h t) Oil on canvas 36" x 48" (91.4cm x 121.9cm) P 60,000 Garibay is best known for his depiction of common people and places but with strong political undertones. His works often serve as biting commentary on the ills of society and struggles of everyday existence, as this trancelike piece from 1995 clearly illustrates.

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39 Ricarte Puruganan

1912 - 1998 D a ncing Girls S i g ned and dated 1995 (lo w e r l e f t ) A c r ylic on canvas 3 4 " x 48" (86.3cm x 121.9 c m )

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40 Jose Joya 1931-1995 Untitled Abstrac t S t u d y Signed and dated 1 9 5 9 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Oil on canvas 15 3/4 " x 18 1/2 " (4 0 c m x 4 7 c m ) P 240,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Makati. The painting is accompanied by a certificate issued by Josefa Joya - Baldovino confiriming the authenticity of the lot.

In 1958, a year prior to the execution of this work, Joya had earned his MFA from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art where he studied under the tutelage of Hungarian art teacher Zoltan Zepeshy, the same professor who taught Anita Magsaysay-Ho decades earlier. This era -- the mid to late fifties -- saw Joya’s early forages into the abstract and the birthing of a style that would prove to be his ultimate strength as an artist.

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Botong Francisco 1912 - 1969 L a Jota Montadena Wa tercolor on paper 1 0 1 / 4 " x 6 3/4 " (26.04cm x 1 7 . 1 5 c m )

Botong Francisco 1912 - 1969 Sayaw Panasahan Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 1 0 3/4" x 6 1/2" ( 2 7 . 3 1 c m x 1 6 . 5 1 c m )

P 90,000

P 90,000

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A gift from the artist to Ben Infante. Acquired from the above by the present owner.

A gift from the artist to Ben Infante. Acquired from the above by the present owner.

While the National Artist gained renown for his sweeping murals depicting celebratory and historical slices of Philippine rural life, it is not to say that his smaller works display a lesser virtuoso. As is beautifully depicted in this watercolor study for a magazine publication, showing a couple in traditional Filipino costume performing the social dance of Tarlac called the La Jota Montadena, Botong showcases a rarely seen lightness of hand that evokes the gracefulness of his subjects -- and a soft touch that perfectly captures the shadow and light, the creases and the folds in the almost satiny fluidity of the couple's garb.

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43 Benedicto Cabrera 1942 Shapes and Squ a r e s Signed, titled, and d a t e d 1 9 7 0 ( v e r s o ) Ac rylic on board 22 7/16 " x 21 1/4 " ( 5 7 c m x 5 4 c m ) P 450,000

By the time this painting was made in 1970, Bencab had already relocated to London where he had started a family and enrolled in special studies in printmaking at the Chelsea School of Arts in London. This year also marked a major turning point in his art practice when he was invited to mount an exhibition at the Room Gallery in London, his first show outside the Philippines.

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44 Romeo V. Tabuena

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Harvest Signed and dated 19 6 0 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on Board 8" x 15 1/2 " (20.32cm x 3 9 . 3 7 c m )

P 40,000 Provenance: Private collection, Cebu. An outstanding rendition of a harvest scene by Tabuena, master Neorealist, with its burst of colors and its interplay of shadows.

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Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo

1940 Patintero Signed and dated 1992 (lower left) Oil on canvas 29" x 39" (73.66cm x 99.06cm)

P 40,000 Sylvia is one of the eight children of Master Fernando Amorsolo who also ventured into painting. She served as her father’s studio assistant and thus was able to see and imbibe first hand her father at work. Still, while she is also into genre subjects similar to that of her father, the style and execution is very much her own.


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46 Jorge Pineda

1837-1907

Chongka Signed and dated 1 9 3 3 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 24" x 30 1/2 " (60.9 c m x 7 7 . 4 c m )

P 240,000 Provenance: Refugio “Puring” Aquino. Acquired from the above by the present owner.

Jorge Pineda was considered the leading illustrator of his time, which he owed to having been mentored by Teodoro Buenaventura. As a painter, he was a contemporary of Fernando Amorsolo yet he pursued a different trajectory in terms of subject matter. In his genre scenes, he favored traditional Filipino games like the Sungka, which he wonderfully captured in this work from 1933. Leon Gallery is delighted to present this work descending from a very important private collection. Refugio "Puring" Aquino, wife of the industrialist Rafael Aquino, was a prominent socialite and one of the most influential art collectors of her time. It has been written that her collection consisted of, among others, pieces by Carlos "Botong" Francisco and major works by Fernando Amorsolo. In the late 70's, she decided to dispose of a part of her holdings which the Central Bank then acquired.

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Lynyrd Paras

1982 Lahat Malabo Signed and dated 201 0 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Acrylic 10" x 15" (25.5cm x 3 8 . 1 c m )

Cesar Legaspi

P 7,000

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Lynyrd Arwyn Paras stands out among his contemporaries due to his unwavering commitment to the art of portraiture, where his subjects, all based on real life individuals, are depicted in close up and almost always occupy the whole canvas. Layering is also a technique that Lynyrd employs, and this can be best observed in this piece and how he frames text and other visual details within an image.

Provenance: Ted Gonzon Tarriela, Aquired from the above by the present owner.

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1917 - 1994 Nude Signed and dated 1976 (left) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 2 1 1/2" x 3 0 " ( 5 5 c m x 7 6 . 2 c m )


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49 Romeo V. Tabuena

1921 Nightfall Signed and dated 1 9 7 6 ( u p p e r l e f t ) Acrylic 28" x 24" (71cm x 6 1 c m )

P 120,000 Provenance: Private collection, Hawaii.

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50 Randy Solon

1971 Blue Motion Signed and dated 2011 (lower right) Acrylic 48" x 60" (121.9cm x 152.4cm)

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51 Elmer Borlongan

1967 Ading Signed and dated 2003 (lower left) Pastel on paper 1 5 3/4" x 1 1 1/4" ( 4 0 c m x 2 8 . 5 8 c m )

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52 Rodel Tapaya

1980 Lost Sa w Signed a n d d a t e d 2 0 1 2 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Acrylic 48" x 36 " ( 1 2 1 . 9 2 c m x 9 1 . 4 4 c m )

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Rodel Tapaya’s penchant for narrating mythologies in one frame is evident in Lost Saw. Albeit, in this piece, the story is not anywhere near folklore memory, a deep well of ideas where he usually gets inspiration. Two men are lost in the midst of the dense woods, looking for their saw. On their heads is a sorry crop of cut tree trunks. Lost Saw is the artist’s version of a dreaded urban myth—that of man as the architect of his own destruction.

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53 Rocky Camus 1983 Forming Angles 2012 Balayong wood  with metal base. 11" x 11" x 13 3/4 " (27.94cm x 27.94cm x 34.93cm) P 3,000

54 Eduardo Perrenoud, Jr 1913 - 1995 Market Scene S i g n e d , d a t e d , a n d i n s c r i b e d ' M a n i l a 1 9 7 2 ' ( l o w e r left) Oil on canvas 25" x 36" (63.5cm x 91.4cm) P 50,000 Provenance: Private collection, New York.

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Perrenoud, a graduate of the UP School of Fine Arts, studied under the likes of Fabian de la Rosa, Teodoro Buenaventura and Fernando Amorsolo, the styles of whom inevitably influenced his artistic works. This Market Scene from 1975, a lively, bustling, genre piece, is one such example.


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55 Romulo Galicano

1945 Bab a e n g T ' b o l i Sign e d a n d d a t e d 2 0 0 5 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Oil o n c a n v a s 40 4/25 " x 3 1 1/10 " ( 1 0 2 c m x 7 9 c m ) Signed and dated (lower left)

P 350,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Makati.

Galicano is a portraitist of note who describes his style as technically academic yet abstract in philosophical approach. Vertical lines accentuate his works, which he says is a reconciliation of opposite poles. He took private art lessons from Martino Abellana, considered the Amorsolo of Cebu. In this outstanding piece, Galicano masterfully captures the image of a T'Boli woman, one of the indigenous peoples of South Cotabato in Southern Mindanao, and the richness of her costume and her beadwork accessories.

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56 Ronald Caringal

1980 I R e m e m b e r F i n d i n g M y W h i t e E l ephant 2008 Oil on canvas 36" x 36" (91.44cm x 91.44cm)

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57 Yasmin Sison 1973 Rafi 2 Signed and dated 2007 (verso) Oil on canvas 24" x 24" (60.96cm x 60.96cm) P 16,000

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58 Ronald Ventura 1973 "Anatomy" Mixed media 2 2 3/10 " x 1 2 1/2 " x 5 1/10 " (56.64cm x 31.75cm x 12.95cm) P 80,000 Provenance: With Drawing Room.

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59 Vicente Manansala 1910 - 1981 F i s h Vendor S i g ned (front) and dated 1 9 6 9 ( v e r s o ) O i l on canvas 9 " x 7" (22.86cm x 17.78c m ) P 140,000 Provenance: A gift from the artist to Jose Guevarra. Acquired from the above by the present owner. Literature: A. Aparicio, O.P., editor, Lumina Pandit : A Collection of Historical Treasures, Manila, 2010, p. 406

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Contained in a beautifully intricate wooden frame, this depiction of a fish vendor in oil-on-board is classic Manansala. It showcases his signature melding of rural romanticism and urban chaos, employing his signature transparent cubism, a style he personally developed where shapes and figures in different degrees of faintness brilliantly overlap to magically create human forms and atmosphere. This particular piece was a gift by the artist to the revered journalist Jose "Joe" Guevarra whose column at the Manila Bulletin is considered an institution in Philippine publishing. The National Artist's signature appears in the work itself and at the back.


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60 Vicente Manansala 1910 - 1981 Mother and Chil d Signed (front) and d a t e d 1 9 6 9 ( v e r s o ) Oil on canvas 9" x 7" (22.86cm x 1 7 . 7 8 c m ) P 140,000 Provenance: A gift from the artist to Jose Guevarra. Acquired from the above by the present owner. Literature: A. Aparicio, O.P., editor, Lumina Pandit : A Collection of Historical Treasures, Manila, 2010, p. 406

The National Artist famously like to bring the cultures of the provinces and the city together. One such masterpiece result is this mother-and-child painting that shows a woman from the barrio cradling her infant, seemingly lost and homeless in the grey urban landscape. One of two gifts by the artist to the highly regarded columnist Jose "Joe" Guevarra, who is known for his incisive commentaries on politics and the issues of the day, the artwork-contained in an intricately carved wooden frame--employs Manansala's signature transparent cubism in which tones, shapes and patterns delicately combine, overlapping each other, to form figures and scenery.

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Buen Calubayan 1980 M o nopoly (Barcode ser i e s ) 2 0 07 O i l on wood 3 5 1 / 2 " x 6" (90.17cm x 15 . 2 4 c m )

Federico Aguilar Alcuaz 1932 - 2011 B a g u i o Tr a i l Signed and dated 1987 (lower right) Oil on canvas 26" x 34" (66cm x 86.3cm)

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Monopoly brings us back to the jumpstart of Buen Calubayan’s artistic trajectory. Before his venture into somber autobiographical portraiture and antiseptic curatorial explorations, Calubayan’s body of work was heaving mass of rage against institutions—from the Church to the Market. Monopoly is from the Barcode Series, a set of five chiaroscuro portraits painted on narrow slabs of wood and then put together to conjure the image of a barcode—a universal sign of value for money. Monopoly is a fragment of Calubayan’s damnation of man to consumerism, made evident by a face melting away to an overwhelming capitalist-induced homogeneity.

Provenance: Gift from the artist to the present owner.

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This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Christian Aguilar confirming the authenticity of this lot Alcuaz, renaissance man and international artist, renders in this piece from 1987 a series of steps, heading upward, that are situated within a densely forested area. From the image being depicted, one can imagine the steps leading up to a large house that probably enjoys a breathtaking view of the environs below. Its style – the brush strokes and color palette in particular – are distinctively Alcuaz. Though it is difficult to determine the setting, it could very well be from one of the many places that the artist has visited as a season traveler.


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63 Macario Vitalis 1898 - 1990 Untitled Signed (lower righ t ) Ca. 1950 Oil on board 24 3/4 " x 31" (62.8 7 c m x 7 8 . 7 4 c m ) P 120,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Paris

It has been mentioned that the pinnacle of Vitalis' art practice was the postwar period and his Paris years, where he produced still lifes and abstracts. Impressionism was a strong influence but eventually his style evolved into more prismatic pieces. This work from 1950 is a most remarkable interpretation of a mother tutoring her child as another lady looks on. It's highly impressionistic in execution and is redolent of cool pastel colors.

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64 Mia Herbosa

1970 N u d e N e w Yo r k e r Signed and dated 1999 (lower right) Oil on canvas 16" x 10" (40.64cm x 25.4cm)

P 30,000 "Nude New Yorker" is a product of Mia Herbosa's stint at the Art Students League of New York, her veritable training ground as a painter. Rendered from life, this portrait reveals the beauty of the human body despite common notions of physical imperfection. The crimson background equally provides a masterful touch to the artist's archetypal approach to portraiture.

65 Tony Mahilum

1948 Old Philippines Signed and dated 2001 (lower left) Oil on canvas 1 7 1/2" x 2 4 " ( 4 4 . 4 5 c m x 6 0 . 9 6 c m )

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66 Fernando Amorsolo

1892 - 1972 "Po r t r a i t o f a L a d y " Sig n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 5 0 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil o n c a n v a s 40" x 2 8 " ( 1 0 1 . 6 c m x 7 1 . 2 c m )

P 300,000 Leon Gallery is grateful to Mrs. Sylvia Amorsolo- Lazo for confirming the authenticity of this lot.

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1945 Beautiful Ga r d e n Signed (lowe r l e f t ) Oil on canvas 19” x 30” (48 . 2 6 c m x 7 6 . 2 c m )

Serafin Serna 1895 - 1985 Nude Signed and dated 1975 (lower right) Pastel on paper 19" x 25" (48.2cm x 63.5cm)

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69 Federico Aguilar Alcuaz 1932 - 2011 "S till Life" Signed and dated 1 9 5 9 ( u p p e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 25 3/4 " x 32" (65.4 1 c m x 8 1 . 2 8 c m ) ) P 280,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Christian Aguillar confirming the authenticity of this lot.

Another fine example of Alcuaz's command of the still life. Produced in 1959 the same year he won the Prix Francisco Goya in Barcelona.

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70 Ronald Ventura 1973 Hands and Grids Signed and dated 2003 (lower left) Oil on canvas 15" x 15" (38.1cm x 38.1cm) P 160,000 IIn 2003, the year of this piece, Ventura was chosen as one of the Thirteen Artists Awardees by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. At this juncture, his renderings of perfect anatomy was already prevalent in his works. Therefore this piece - inspired most likely by Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam - attests to this statement.

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71 Costantino Zicarelli 1984 Untitled Portrait for a Dead Mother Oil on canvas 72" x 48" (182.88cm x 121.92cm) P 30,000 Literature: De la Paz, Christian L., Private Collections, 2009, p. 245 One of Costantino Zicarelli’s early forays into art is a series of portraits based on old photos of his ancestors. Untitled Portrait for a Dead Mother is borne of this autobiographical streak, mainly an exercise of the new-fangled on the technicalities of the craft. But the earnestness of the personal portrait becomes just a primer for this experimental multimedia artist, who went on to break the solemnity of his confessional by scribbling graffiti over his own work—informing us of Zicarelli’s tendency to transgress private holy grounds as his artistic identity.

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72 Joan Mir贸

1893 - 1983 Dan s l a L u e u r O b l i q u e Sign e d ( l o w e r r i g h t ) 1 9 7 6 Mixe d m e d i a 14" x 1 1 1/2 " ( 3 5 . 5 6 c m x 2 9 . 2 1 c m )

P 90,000 Provenance: Private collection, Barcelona. Ariane Lelong-Mainaud of the Miro Foundation (ADOM) has confirmed in an e-mail that the certificate was issued by Jacques Dupin.

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73 Oscar Zalameda 1930 - 2010 Sailboats Signed and dated 1966 (lower left) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 20" x 24" (50.8cm x 60.9cm) P 100,000 Provenance: Ms. Ning Basa. This early watercolor work by Zalameda features one of his favorite subjects: sailboats. Executed in 1966, or around the same year he was invited to hold a one-man show at the Malaca帽ang Palace, it is redolent of blues, whites with a tinge of brown flesh tones.

74 Norma Belleza 1939 B a l l o o n Ve n d o r Signed and dated 1983 (lower right) Oil on canvas 30" x 38" (76.2cm x 96.52cm)

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75 Santiago Bose 1949 - 2002 "Heart Assembla g e " Mixed media 51 1/2 " x 50 3/4 " ( 1 3 0 . 8 1 c m x 1 2 8 . 9 1 c m ) P 120,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Manila.

Iconic Philippine artist Santi Bose’s prolonged travels abroad informed his mixed media pieces with a deep sense of displacement—one that he actively resisted though mixing signs and symbols of colonial/neocolonial interventions and images of folk and local traditions. Bose harnessed the irony and wry humor of every incongruent detail to deconstruct and reconstruct cultural identity as vigilance and resistance. Curiously, this noise is not visible in Heart Assemblage, an unabashed image of a huge heart cleanly divided into sixteen quadrilateral pieces by wooden frames. In and around the heart are letters from the ancient Filipino alphabet. Bose, the founder of a thriving artist community in Northern Philippines, painted the mountains of his home in the horizon, pointing to a coming to terms with the sparse and essential.

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76 Joaquin Pallares 1853 - 1935 La Carta Signed (lower left) O i l o n b o a rd 1 4 1/2" x 1 0 3/4" ( 3 6 . 8 3 c m x 2 7 . 3 1 c m ) P 60,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Barcelona. The piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Marçal Barrachina i Tomas confirming the authenticity of the lot. A Spanish painter who specialized in a genre of works. He began his studies at the Escuelas de Bellas Artes de Zaragoza y Madrid under the tutelage of Marco and Antonio José Palao and later took up special painting courses in Madrid, where he was a pupil of Vincent Palmaroli and Paul Gonzalvo. He furthered his training in Paris, where he began to work for the art dealer Adolphe Goupil. He remained in the French capital until 1881, when he moved to Rome.

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77 Gabriel Custodio 1912 - 1993 Ruins of Intramuros Signed and dated 1954 (lower left) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 2 7 1/2" x 2 0 1/2" ( 6 9 . 8 5 c m x 5 2 . 0 7 c m ) P 18,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

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19th Century Untitled Signed F. Moreno a n d i n s c r i b e d O l o n g a p o 1 8 9 7 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Watercolor on hard p a p e r 18" x 24" (45.72cm x 6 0 . 9 6 c m )

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This still life is considered by many as a form of the Tipos del Pais for they magnify another aspect of human life - events of the day in periodicals, diaries, and letters. When read carefully, the newspaper of the day with its date tells of the occurrences of what transpired in the very period of the paintings execution. As in the more familiar form of the Tipos del Pais, pioneered by Damian Domingo, it tells of the Filipinos’ existence in the form of a visual album of the various inhabitants of the land. Here, it is a conveyance of life in the personal, economic and political sense and obviously as subjects of the King of Spain. Leon Gallery is honored to present this very rare watercolor from a very distinguished private collection. Signed F. Moreno, and inscribed Olongapo 1897, no information is known of the artist but an extant work (perhaps the only other one in existence) is in the Dr. Eleuterio Pascual Collection.

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1948 Church Signed and dated 1971 (lower left) Oil on canvas 1 5 3/4" x 1 1 3/4" ( 4 0 c m x 2 9 . 8 5 c m )

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80 Dennis Gonzales 1948 Politiko Signed and dated 1999 (upper left) Oil on canvas 60" x 72" (152.4cm x 182.88cm) P 90,000 Literature: De la Paz, Christian L., Private Collections, 2009, p. 241.

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81 Rodel Tapaya

1980 Untitled Signed a n d d a t e d 2 0 1 1 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on ca n v a s 79" x 59 " ( 2 0 0 . 6 6 c m x 1 4 9 . 8 6 c m )

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82 Federico Aguilar Alcuaz 1932 - 2011 Abstract Signed and dated 1968 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 18" x 28" (45.7cm x 71.1cm) P 30,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Christian Aguilar confirming the authenticity of this lot. This fascinating watercolor on paper piece is one of the artist's intrusions into abstract themes and is proof of his ability to explore new vistas as an artist.

83 CJ Tanedo 1979 Music Signed and dated 2009 (lower left) Oil on canvas 24" x 18" (60.9cm x 45.7cm) P 14,000

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From the tradition of CJ Tanedo’s oeuvres of hazy rendering of surreal worlds, Music portrays an inert child painted with a clown’s face. Tanedo’s usual execution of human skin, with Renaissance glow brought about by soft collusion of warm colors, is not apparent in here, revealing an attempt to thwart the cliché of his subject. In this piece, Tanedo wrenches out light, literally and figuratively, swathing innocence with shadows. Music plays according to the rhythm of Tanedo’s ominous Biblical meta-narrative of the damned man infused all throughout his body of works.


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84 Onib Olmedo

1937 - 1996 "Man with the R e d B a n d " Signed and dated 1 9 7 8 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 30" x 30" (76.2cm x 7 6 . 2 c m )

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85 Mauro “Malang” Santos

1928 Pamilya Signed and dated 1996 (lower right) Oil on canvas 7" x 5 1/2" (17.78cm x 13.97cm)

P 12,000 Leon Gallery is grateful to West Gallery for confirming the authenticity of this lot.

86 Daniel de la Cruz Angel Brass 3 5 " x 4 1 1/2" x 9 24.13cm) 85

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87 Galo B. Ocampo 1913 - 1985 Sarimanok Signed and dated 1 9 5 1 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on masonite bo a rd 32" x 24" (81.2cm x 6 0 . 9 c m ) P 400,000 Provenance: Gift from the artist to the father of the present owners

This piece by Ocampo from 1951 is done in the cubist style and features a dancing woman and the mythical colorful Sarimanok of the Maranaos. Here, Ocampo melds a modern artistic style to interpret a traditional Moro theme (with his inclusion of a star and the crescent moon) and the result is a work that is dynamic and in motion. It was in the fifties that Ocampo earned a string of awards -- 2nd prize from the UN Art Club in 1949-50 and 1st prize, 1955-56, AAP-Rotary Competition.

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88 Pablo Amorsolo

1898 - 1945 Road by the Sea Signed and dated 1944 (lower left) Oil on canvas 1 5 " x 2 1 1/2" ( 3 8 . 1 c m x 5 4 . 6 1 c m )

P 120,000 Provenance: Cong. and Mrs. Ronaldo B. Zamora. Acquired from the above by the present owner. Literature: M. Duldulao, A Century of Realism in Philippine Art, Hong Kong (1982, 1988, 1992), p. 78 Pablo Amorsolo, like his older sibling Fernando, first studied art under the wing of their uncle Fabian de la Rosa. In the 30's he was one of the most popular and prolific editorial cartoonists of that era and his illustrations, 'tis said, contributed to the rise of genre art. This landscape piece from 1944, a calming seaside scene, is special as a massive fire would destroy a bulk of his works in 1945.

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89 Jose Joya 1931-1995 Argosy Signed, dated 1979 and titled "Argosy" (verso) Acrylic 22" x 14" (55.88cm x 35.56cm) P 260,000

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90 Cesar Legaspi

1917 - 1994 Waterfall Signed and dated 1 9 9 2 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 17 1/2 " x 22" (44.4 5 c m x 5 5 . 8 8 c m )

P 120,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Manila.

While the distinct style of Legaspi can be gleaned from this work -- a careful inspection of the rock formations will show this -- it is very much one of a kind as it features an outdoor scenery, particularly a waterfall, which is rather uncommon in his body of work.

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Tam Austria 1943 Mother and Chilld II Signed and dated 1985 ( u p p e r r i g h t ) Oil in canvas 23 1 / 2 " x 35 1/2 " (59.69 c m x 9 0 . 1 7 c m )

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1929 - 2001 Church of Villadolid, Negros Signed and dated 1993 (lower left) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 1 6 3/4" x 2 4 3/4" ( 4 2 . 5 5 c m x 6 2 . 8 7 c m )


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93 Romulo Olazo

1934 Diaphanous 589 Signed and dated 1 9 8 4 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 36" x 36" (91.44cm x 9 1 . 4 4 c m )

P 220,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by the artist confiriming the authenticity of the lot. An early and notable example of Olazo's Diaphanous paintings in black and white of which he has become acclaimed for. In this piece we see bold, thick, strong, strokes that form translucent overlapping layers. It is at once intense yet exuding of lightness.

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94 Justiniano Asuncion

1816 - 1901

I n dia Mestiza de China S i g ned and inscribed "Indi a M e s t i z a d e C h i n a " ( l o w e r ) 1 9 t h Century Wa tercolor on paper 1 0 3 / 4 " x 8 1/4 " (27.3cm x 2 0 . 9 c m )

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Justiniano Asuncion or "Capitan Ting" as he was fondly called was one of the foremost Filipino painters that emerged from the 19th century. Having honed his artistic talents at the Academia de Dibujo which was opened by Damian Domingo, Asuncion's metier as a painter revolved around religous paintings and tipos del pais - portraits that depict native Filipinos in costumes and traditional attire. There are extremely few surviving works by Justiniano Asuncion that are signed. Majority of his works have remained attributions. These two signed works - "India Mestiza de China" and "Espanola,� both from the collection of Ramon Menendez Pidal - are pertinent examples of his mastery of tipos del pais where each of the subject's clothing - the embroidery, the prints, and the colors - are exceptionally rendered. Apart from being fine works of art, each piece serves as an excellent document of a bygone era - its mores, traditions, and perhaps the standing of women in society.


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95 Justiniano Asuncion 1816 - 1901 Española Signed and inscrib e d " E s p a ñ o l a " ( l o w e r ) 19th Century Watercolor on pap e r 10 3/4 " x 8 1/4 " (27 . 3 c m x 2 0 . 9 c m ) P 450,000

Ramón Menéndez Pidal (1869-1868) was a scholar whose work on the origins of the Spanish language as well as critical editions of texts, generated a revival of the study of medieval Spanish poetry and chronicles. Professor of Romance philology at the University of Madrid (1899–1939), he was also director of the Centre of Historical Studies.

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96 Karen Flores

1966 Luha S i g ned and dated 1994 (lo w e r r i g h t ) O i l on canvas 3 6 " x 24" (91 cm x 60 cm) (a.)

Lihi Signed and dated 1994 (lower right) Oil on canvas 36" x 24" (91 cm x 60 cm)

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(c.) L a k a s S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 9 4 ( l o w e r r i ght) Oil on canvas 36" x 24" (91 cm x 60 cm)

P 60,000 Flores was instrumental in establishing the Grupong Salingpusa, where she collaborated with Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani (who would later become her husband), Ferdie Montemayor among other like-minded artists. A 13 artists awardee in 2000, she is recognized for her explorations into feminist themes and archetypal Filipino figures. In this series of works three key words are emphasized: Lakas (strength), Lihi (infanticipation), and Luha (tears).

97 Fil Dela Cruz

1950 Pond S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 9 3 ( l o w e r right) Acrylic 26" x 38" (66cm x 96.5)

P 4,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by the artist confirming the authenticity of this lot.

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98 HR Ocampo

1911 - 1978 Hat Weavers Signed and dated 1 9 4 5 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Oil on canvas 11" x 13 1/2 " (27.9 4 c m x 3 4 . 2 9 c m )

P 140,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist thence by descent Private collection, USA Acquired from the above by the present owner. The period of 1945 to 1963 in the artistic life of HR Ocampo, otherwise known as his transitional period, was one that was marked by an outburst of creativity and inspiration, as his works exhibited a bigger penchant for abstraction and stylization, and his style was clearly more developed and mature. “Hat Weavers”, produced in 1945, shows this maturity in his art, where a traditional image of women hat weavers is rendered in a more abstract form: the face is indistinguishable and the limbs are more abstract in execution.

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The painting was acquired directly by Colonel John De Long from HR Ocampo. Col. DeLong was stationed in the Philippines during World War II and assigned at the Muntinlupa Prison in charge of prisoner assignments. It was in the summer of 1945 that Col. DeLong met HR Ocampo and acquired a total of 15 works- drawings and paintings- to which this work is one of them. The painting was inherited by his daughter, Suzanne, in San Diego, California.

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1922 - 1983 F i s hing Village S i g ned and dated 1964 (lo w e r r i g h t ) O i l on canvas 3 1 1 / 2 " x 60 1/2 " (80.01cm x 1 5 3 . 6 7 c m )

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101 Benedicto Cabrera 1942 Contemplation Signed “Cabrera” a n d d a t e d 1 9 8 5 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Ac rylic and ink on p a p e r 15 1/2 " x 10" (39.3 7 c m x 2 5 . 4 c m ) P 120,000

This work by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera is a notable example of his impressive skill in illustration and draftsmanship.

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102 Jerry Elizalde Navarro

1924 - 1999

T h e Racer S i g ned and dated 1995 (up p e r r i g h t ) P a stel on brown paper 22" x 27" (55.8cm x 68.5cm)

Navarro goes pop art in this fun, colorful, and cartoon-esque painting of a victorious racer inside his race car and bearing the checkered flag. This work - which he personally dedicated to a certain Capt. Boy, likely a close friend - shows a lighter and more playful side of the artist as it gives us a glimpse into his brand of humor: of note is the translation of the Goodyear brand into Filipino. Moreover, it also helps remind us of his many contributions in graphic design and advertising.

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103 Mario Parial 1944 Mother and Child Signed and dated 2010 (lower right) Oil on canvas 1 6 1/4" x 1 6 1/4" ( 4 1 . 2 8 c m x 4 1 . 2 8 c m ) P 8,000

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104 David Medalla 1942 L'amant De l'Op e r a Signed and dated 1 9 8 5 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 22 1/2 " x 18 1/2 "(5 7 . 1 5 c m x 4 6 . 9 9 c m ) P 80,000 Provenance: Private collection, Paris. Acquired from the above by the present owner.

David Medalla, known for his kinetic and performance art and who has been described as an artist of “multifarious disciplines and polymorphic practices�, thrusts through the international art scene when he was invited to participate in the prestigious Documenta V held in Germany, which thereafter led him to travel extensively across Europe. His works as a visual artist are inspired by literature and his love for poetry. In 1985, the year this work was made, Medalla returned to the Philippines after a 15-year absence to mount a multimedia exhibit at the Pinaglabanan Galleries, one of the leading art spaces at that time. Stamped with the whimsy and tongue-in-cheek socio-political commentary the art world has come to associate with his works, this piece has the international artist indulging in playful self-mockery. Depicting a jollylooking man in a tropical setting, and wearing a straw hat and clothing that resembles the furry covering of a brown monkey, he goes on to name the work "L'amant de l'Opera" (which is French for opera lover), poking fun at the sophisticated aspirations of his race. As he personally scribbled in the sketch that accompanies the finished work, "L'amant de l'Opera" is also the title of the poem that inspired the painting.

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David Medalla 1942 L ' amant De l'Opera (stu d y ) S i g ned and dated 1982 (bo t t o m ) P e n and ink 2 6 2 / 5 " x 15" (67cm x 38cm )

Ramon Estella 1913 - 1991 Untitled Signed and dated 1978 (lower right) Oil on canvas 2 8 " x 1 2 1/2" ( 7 1 . 2 c m x 3 1 . 7 5 c m )

P 30,000

P 60,000

Provenance: With Kulay Diwa Gallery. Acquired from the above by the present owner.

Provenance: Gift from the artist to the present owner.

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There is perhaps no other way to describe Ramon Estella than that of Renaissance man. Estella was a prolific screenwriter and filmmaker who actively made films in the pre-war era before he decided to pick up the paintbrush in the late 50's. As a visual artist, he counted as colleagues such prominent modernists as Hernando Ocampo, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, Romeo Tabuena and Victor Oteyza. Together, they branded themselves as the “Neo-Realists” who converged at the Philippine Art Gallery of Lyd Arguilla. Estella's style delved into Cubism and Expressionism, though it is said that he loved to experiment and fuse varying styles.


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107 Anita Magsaysay - Ho

1914 - 2012

Untitled Signed and dated 1 9 7 5 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Mixed media on c a n v a s 47 1/2 " x 47 1/2 " (1 2 0 . 6 5 c m x 1 2 0 . 6 5 c m )

P 1,400,000 Provenance: Dolores McKenzie. Acquired from the above by the present owner.

At the center of Anita Magsaysay Ho’s paintings are women, typically women working together in the fields, harvesting produce, tending to livestock, etc.. They are in motion, never ever idle and rarely ever solitary.  It has been written that Anita’s paintings are projections of the self, and like her subjects she, too, was constantly evolving as an artist -- possessing an inner strength and quiet power. The ink blot series, from which this painting belongs, is a style that Anita experimented with in the early seventies. Here, her highly organized compositions give way to experimentation and chance by flicking ink blots into the canvas, surrounded by women that are lighter in form. Brief a foray as this series was, Anita is said to have loved spontaneity that these works produced.

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108 Virginia Ty-Navarro

1922 - 1996

(a.) Untitled

B r a ss 1 1 " x 11" x 15

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B r a ss 1 1 " x 11" x 15" (27.9cm x 2 7 . 9 c m x 3 8 . 1 c m ) w i t h b a s e

P 14,000

109 Norma Belleza 1939 Mother and Child Signed and dated 1985 (upper left) Oil on canvas 32" x 32" (81.2cm x 81.2cm) P 40,000

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Belleza is known for her folk genre subjects executed in bright, cheery colors best exemplified by this work from 1985 that features a mother and child at the market and surrounded by a cornucopia of produce and wares for sale. It is suffused with motherly love and treasured Filipino values.


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110 Lao Lian Ben 1948 Secret.3 Signed and dated 1 9 7 7 ( l o w e r r i g h t a n d v e r s o ) Mixed media 56" x 48" (142.2cm x 1 2 1 . 9 c m ) P 180,000

Provenance: Private collection, Manila. Even perhaps before the word “Zen” became a buzzword, Lao had already been producing minimalist abstract works that exude a sense of serenity and calmness with strong Oriental undertones. In this meditative work from 1977, we see his penchant for black, white, and shades of gray, as well as his pioneering use of found objects which formed part of his early output.

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Eduardo Perrenoud, Jr 1913 - 1995 Farm Sce n e Signed and d a t e d 1 9 7 7 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Oil on canv a s 19" x 19 1/2 " ( 4 8 . 2 c m x 4 9 . 5 c m )

Romeo V. Tabuena

P 25,000

1921 Bridge Signed "RVT" (lower right) Ca. 1949 Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" ( 8 . 9 c m x 7 c m )

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Gatherers Signed "RVT" (lower right) Ca. 1949 Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 3" x 3" (7.62cm x 7.62cm)

P 12,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

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113 Fernando Amorsolo

1892 - 1972 Lavanderas Signed and dated 1 9 6 1 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 24" x 34" (60.96cm x 8 6 . 3 6 c m )

Throughout his long and fruitful artistic life, Amorsolo remained true and committed to his portrayals of Filipino customs and genre scenes while maintaining his skill in balancing light and shadow thus achieving unparalleled naturalness and realism. This piece is one such example, as we see beautiful Filipina women bathing in a stream, one of his favorite subjects.

P 900,000 The painting is accompanied by a certificate issued by Sylvia Amorsolo- Lazo confiriming the authenticity of the lot.

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114 Eduardo Castrillo 1942 Growth S i g n e d an d d a t e d 2 0 0 5 Brass 4 8 1/4 " x 1 8 3 / 4 " x 1 9 " ( 1 2 2 . 5 5 c m x 4 2 . 6 3 c m x 4 8 . 2 6 c m ) w i t h b a s e P 40,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by the artist confirming the authenticity of the lot. "Growth" is Eduardo Castrillo's nonpareil example of his superb versatility. The bravura of his techniques seen in the flexous movement of the composition. It represents the moral maturity of one's being, a true triumph of the human spirit.

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115 Rodel Tapaya

1980 Ang Espiya ni P e d r o s o Signed and date d 2 0 0 9 ( l o w e r r i g h t a n d v e r s o ) Acrylic on canva s 30" x 40" (76.2c m x 1 0 1 . 6 c m )

P 50,000

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Local folklore and mythology were subjects that Tapaya took an interest in early on. Yet as his artistic vision and style evolved, he then began explorations into layering and patterns. In this piece entitled "Espiya ni Pedroso," we see the melding of his initial fascination with folkore ( a dark and foreboding forest) with that of his experiments into layers (the overlapping of brushstrokes and paint drops).


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Property formeRly in the Mauro Malang Santos collection

116 Ang Kiukok

1931 - 2005 Yellow Table wit h F r u i t Signed and dated 1 9 7 6 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Oil on canvas 24" x 24" (60.96cm x 6 0 . 9 6 c m )

P 500,000 Provenance: With West Gallery. Private Collection, Makati. Literature: Roces, Alfredo, “Kiukok: Deconstructing Despair,” Mandaluyong City, 2000, fig. 100

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117 Ramon Orlina 1944 Mother and Child Signed and dated 2003 (bottom) Asahi glass 1 2 1 / 2 " x 1 0 " x 4 1 / 2 " ( 3 1 . 7 5 c m x 2 5 . 4 c m x 1 1 . 43cm) P 40,000

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118 Jose Joya 1931-1995 Round Ceramic Plate Signed (bottom) Ceramic plate 13" (33cm) diameter P 30,000 Provenance: Joya Family Collection. Acquired from the above by the present owner. Exhibited: Makati City, Ayala Museum. Images of Nation: Abstracting Joya, Makati City. Literature: Images of Nation: Abstracting Joya, p. 42 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mrs. Josefa Joya-Baldovino confirming the authenticity of this lot. This undated work shows us the artist's exploration into new territories and different mediums, in this case ceramic art on plates, but still strong in the abstract mode.

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19th Century Crucifix 19th Century, Filip i n o Ivory, silver, and k a m a g o n g Christ : 22" x 19" ( 5 5 . 8 8 c m x 4 8 . 2 6 c m ) Overall : 45" x 30 1/4 " x 9 1/2 " ( 1 1 4 . 3 c m x 7 6 . 8 4 c m x 2 4 . 1 3 c m ) ]

P 350,000

With base

The term santo, sometimes imagen, is a folk term meaning a Christian religious image that may be carved, molded or painted. In the Philippines, such religious images were produced between 1565 to 1898 by Filipino and Chinese craftsmen, with the resulting pieces bearing Spanish, Filipino and Chinese features. In Spanish Manila, ivory soon became a sought-after medium for carving religious images owing to its expensive and luxurious look as well as the smoothness and gloss of its surface. By the nineteenth century, a certain decadence and elaborateness in the carving of religious images in ivory prevailed, thus becoming the standard. 19th Century Manila saw the rise of the Illustrado Class stemming from European education of sons and daughters. The Filipino began to know how to live, hence the appreciation for the fineries of life. Instead of sending the Philippines' fine produce to the Acapulco trade for Spanish or Latin American consumption, the Filipinos began to emulate the same reasons for sending them. Thus, it was in the 19th Century that the Bahay na Bato, the illustrado residence, evolved to being the stage of local artistry and craftsmanship. It is doubtless that in the international collecting arena, the HispanoPhilippine religious ivory is the most sought after. Be it in Europe or the Americas, the "Pinoy" hand is recognised. There is something with the "Pinoy" ivory that makes it standout.

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Leon Gallery is honored to present one sterling representation of the Hispano-Philippine art. The lot, from the Ramon and Cecile Blanco-Mitra Collection, is uniquely the paramount model of fine ivory obra-maestra as well as contemporaneous silver craftsmanship. In perfect condition, both art forms in one is an exquisite embodiment of 19th-Century Philippine art. Source: http://ustmuseum.ust.edu.ph/collections Esperanza Bunag Gatbonton, Philipine Religous Carvings in Ivory, Intramuros Administration, Manila, 1983`

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120 Alfred Galura

1967 Blooms Signed and dated 2006 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 14" x 21" (35.56cm x 53.34cm)

(a.) P i n k

(b.) W h i t e

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Blooms Signed and dated 2004 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 14" x 21" (35.56cm x 53.34cm)

(c.) S t i l l

Life Flowers Signed and dated 2006 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 14" x 21" (35.56cm x 53.34cm)

P 12,000

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121 Victorio Edades 1895 - 1985 Barrio Scene Signed (lower right) Ca. 1975 Oil on wood 1 2 1/4" x 1 7 4/5" ( 3 1 . 4 c m x 4 5 . 2 c m ) P 80,000

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122 Norma Belleza 1939 Angelito Antonio 1939

Front

"Untilted" Signed and dated 1995 (lower right) O i l o n w o o d ( f o l d i n g s c re e n ) 4 0 " x 2 0 1/2 " ( 1 0 1 . 6 c m x 5 2 . 0 7 c m ) e a c h p a i n t i n g 6 3 " x 2 5 1/4 " ( 1 6 0 . 0 2 c m x 6 4 . 1 c m ) e a c h p a n e l 252" x 102" (1008cm x 259.08cm)

Verso

P 130,000

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Property from the Butz and Popsy Aquino Collection

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Romeo V. Tabuena

1921 Farm Exodus Signed and dated 19 5 3 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Watercolor on paper 10 1 / 2 " x 14 1/2 " (26.6 7 c m x 3 6 . 8 3 c m )

Romeo V. Tabuena

P 16,000

P 16,000

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1921 Pastol ng Kalabaw Signed and dated 1953 (lower left) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 1 3 5/8" x 2 3 9/16" ( 3 4 . 7 c m x 5 9 . 9 c m )


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125 Jose Santos

1970

(a.) "Train"

Signed and dated 1 9 9 4 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Pa stel on paper 9 1/2 " x 12" (24.13 c m x 3 0 . 4 8 c m ) (b.) "Girl

with Para s o l " Signed and dated 1 9 9 4 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Pastel on paper 12 1/2 " x 10" (24.1 3 c m x 2 5 . 4 c m )

P 70,000 Provenance: Acquired by the present owner from the artist. In this couple of very early works from current art auction darling Jose John Santos, one can already glean the origins of the  sepia-toned touches in his later works, his fascination for old photographs, which have won devout admiration from collectors in his home country and abroad. Perhaps the only two existing Santos pastel-on-paper in the Market today, these are certifiable rarities. These two artworks also reveal that very early on, even while he was still working as a professor at the University of the Philippines, his eye for capturing the iconic in the everyday was already remarkable.

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126 Edwin Wilwayco

1952 I n Nature's Realm II: Blu e P a r a d i s e I I I S i g ned and dated 2013 (lo w e r r i g h t ) O i l on canvas 3 9 " x 39" (99.06cm x 99.0 6 c m ) `

P 40,000

Edwin Wilwayco's "In Nature's Realm II: Blue Paradise III" is a paramount example of the artist's abstract expressionist leanings. Based in Rhode Island, the piece is reflective of the nippy waters of the Atlantic. The composition is complemented with swift strokes that mirror the whirring winds of the sea. The piece likewise spiritually evinces the artist's deft use of the color blue.

Property from the Nikki Coseteng Collection

127 Ang Kiukok

1931 - 2005 "Fish 2" Signed and dated 1977 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 1 1 1/2" x 1 7 1/2" ( 2 9 . 2 1 c m x 4 4 . 4 5 c m )

P P160,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

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128 Andres Barrioquinto

1975

Cold As Ice Signed and dated 2 0 1 1 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 36" x 36" (91.44cm x 9 1 . 4 4 c m )

P 120,000

Evolution is a word that can best describe the current state of Andres Barrioquinto's art practice. Whereas early in his career Barrioquinto intentionally shied away from Realism, he has now embraced it, in an attempt to stand apart from his contemporaries. His output, he also says, is now more personal. In this portrait which formed part of his Shadow Dancer exhibition, Barrioquinto draws inspiration from Japanese art details, prints and designs tattoo-like elements that flood and surround this work."

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129 Martino Abellana

1914 - 1988 Fisherman S i g n e d a n d i n s c r i b e d " C a rc a r, C e b u , P. I . " Oil on canvas 17" x 21" (43.1cm x 53.3cm)

P 30,000 Provenance: Private Collection, New York. Abellana has been dubbed as the “Amorsolo of Cebu” and “the dean of Cebu artists.” As a painter, Abellana intentionally avoided pursuing his artistic career in Manila, even after studying at the UP College of Fine Arts. Instead, he immediately returned to his hometown of Carcar, Cebu, a heritage town which served as the point of inspiration in all of his works, such as this piece, a realistic depiction of a fisherman out at sea.

Property from the Erlinda Enriquez-Panlilio Collection

130 Jose Blanco

1932 - 2008 Fisherman Signed and dated 1963 (lower left) Oil on wood 2 1 " x 1 3 1/2" ( 5 3 . 3 4 c m x 3 4 . 2 9 c m )

P 50,000

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Jose Blanco was the patriarch of a clan that produced a whole progeny of talented artists. Growing up as a fisherman in Angono - which is, after all, a bucolic fishing town - Blanco had a penchant for depicting rural folk and rural scenes. This piece that features a fisherman is most outstanding as it captures the emotions of the subject where one can almost glean the hardships and hardwork he has endured.


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With frame Property fRom the heirs of Lourdes PErez del Rosario

131 Félix Resurrección Hidalgo

1855 - 1913

Barcos… en el H o r i z o n t e Signed and dated 1 8 9 3 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Oi l on canvas 24 3/4 " x 39 3/4 " (6 3 c m x 1 0 1 c m )

P 1,400,000 Provenance: Estate of the artist Dona Maria Barbara Padilla y Flores Dona Rosario Paz de Perez Dona Lourdes Perez del Rosario, thence by descent.

Leon Gallery is privileged to offer at auction one of the most important and best-preserved works by Felix Resureccion-Hidalgo. It was in 1893 at the Universal Exposition in Chicago, USA, where his entry, "Adios al Sol" (Farewell to the Sun), was awarded the silver medal. It was in that very same year that this piece by Hidalgo, which features lapping waves underneath overcast skies, was produced. When Felix Resureccion Hidalgo died in 1913 leaving a fortune of real estate, shares of stock, and paintings, leaving without legitimate descendants nor recognized natural heirs, the mother of the deceased, Dona Maria Barbara Padilla y Flores, inherits. The next year she dies leaving the Hidalgo-Padilla fortune to her heirs. The bulk of the paintings then went to the “sobrinos” of Felix, namely Don Felipe Hidalgo, son of Jose; Don Eduardo Hidalgo Paz and Dona Rosario Paz de Perez, children of his sister Pilar who was married to Maximo Paz.

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Mia Herbosa

1970 Te rracotta Horse S i g ned and dated 1998 (lo w e r l e f t ) O i l on Board 1 6 " x 20" (40.6cm x 50.8c m )

Cris Cruz

P 30,000

P 40,000

"Terracotta Horse" represents the quintessential brushstrokes of Mia Herbosa. Together with its strong Oriental flavor, the artist rightfully reveals her Filipino roots by adding a portrait of her ancestor in the background. The composition is a serene ode to the people who have inspired her to become an artist.

Provenance: With Finale Art file.

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1935 Wild Scent Signed and dated 1997 (lower right) Wa t e rc o l o r o n p a p e r 2 1 " x 4 4 1/2" ( 5 3 . 3 c m x 1 1 3 c m )


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134 Ronald Ventura 1973 La Guapa Signed and dated 2 0 0 3 ( v e r s o ) Oil on canvas 60" x 30" (152.4cm x 7 6 . 2 c m ) P 450,000 Provenance: Private Collection, Manila. This breathtaking work by Ventura is an exemplification of the virtuoso artist's mastery of hyper realism as evidenced by the perfectness of the physical features of the subject – the limbs and the face bathed in in pure white – and his ability to render them with keen accuracy. Of particular note as well are intricate details on the dress – the curved lines, the shapes and motifs that bring forth a near obsession for attention to detail.

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135 Emmanuel Garibay 1962 Embrace Signed and dated 1999 (lower left) Acrylic on canvas 4 8 3/4" X 4 8 3/4" ( 1 2 3 . 8 c m x 1 2 3 . 8 c m ) P 90,000

136 Julie Lluch 1962 Jose Garcia Villa Signed and dated 1995 Te r r a c o t t a 2 3 1/2" x 1 0 1/2 x 9 1/2" ( 5 9 . 6 c m x 2 6 . 6 c m x 2 4 . 1 c m ) P 30,000

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137 Jigger Cruz 1984 "Colors" Signed and dated 2 0 1 3 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 22” x 36 “ (55.88c m x 9 1 . 4 4 c m ) e x c l u d i n g f r a m e 32 1/2 " x 44 1/2 " (6 0 . 9 6 c m x 3 3 . 0 2 c m ) P 30,000

From painting warm flat fantastical paintings, Jigger Cruz took a break for two years and then resumed sometime in 2011. Upon return, a noticeable change took form through his surfaces that began to bubble. Cruz’s perplexing palimpsests layer voluptuous masses of color paint over another carefully-painted image brazenly copied from canons. Working with the notion of defiance as defacement, Cruz deconstructs his genre through a tangible separation of materials—paint and surface, the latter encompassing both canvas and academic practice. Cruz draws attention away from the surface semiotic-hunting praxis. Instead, he rechannels it towards the exploration of art production, exploring its limitations by fetishisizing the onerous details that, curiously, never constitute in themselves the marketable art aura. Such a statement is encapsulated with an ornate classical frame, mockingly sealing his self-reflexive critique with the weight of an institutional history that both informs and restricts his practice.

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138 Soler Santos

1960 Abstract 1 S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 9 6 ( b o t t o m) Oil on canvas 7" x 5" (17.8cm x 12.7cm) (a.)

(a.) A b s t r a c t 2 S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 9 6 ( b o t t o m) Oil on canvas 7" x 5" (17.8cm x 12.7cm)

P 7,000 Provenance: With Crucible Gallery.

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Property from the Nikki Coseteng Collection

139 Ang Kiukok

1931 - 2005 " F i sh 1" S i g ned and dated 1975 (lo w e r r i g h t ) I n k on paper 8 " x 11" (20.32cm x 27.94 c m )

P 80,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist. The piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Andrew Ang confirming the authenticity of the lot.

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Kiukok paints fish with all their bones exposed and intentionally avoided the scale and skin as these would render them too realistic. From being dark, foreboding, and even grim, Kiukok's fish series steadily evolved with years to become more celebratory and upbeat. This work from 1975 straddles that transitory period, the cusp, where he moves, as it were, into the light.


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140 Juvenal Sanso 1929 Imaginary Lands c a p e Signed 'Sanso' lo w e r r i g h t Ca. 1975 Acrylic on canvas 39 x 25½ in (99 x 6 4 . 8 c m ) P 80,000 Provenance: Christie’s Paris, June 5, 2003, Sale 5060, Lot 142 Private collection, New York. Leon Gallery is delighted to present this work from a remarkable collection. Valerian Rybar was considered the “world’s most expensive decorator” in 1972. His clients were the ritziest in town: Samuel and Mitzi Newhouse, Guy and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, Elizabeth Arden, the Plaza Athénée Hotel. (Rybar lived with his partner, JeanFrancois Daigre, until his death in 1990 at age 71.) -New York Home Design, June 2013

Valerian Rybar, Elizabeth Arden, Oscar de la Renta at the Elizabeth Arden Ball, Newport, Rhode Island, 1964 140

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141 Cesar Legaspi

1917 - 1994 Untitled Signed and dated 1990 (bottom) Ink on paper 11" x 7" (28cm x 17cm)

P 6,000 This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Dennis K. Legaspi confirming the authenticity of the lot.

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142 Federico Aguilar Alcuaz 1932 - 2011 "Dos Bendigos" S i g n e d , d a t e d 1 9 5 9 a n d i n s c r i b e d " A l A m i c G ustavo Camps" (lower left) C h a rc o a l o n p a p e r 2 3 1/2" x 1 7 1/2" ( 5 9 . 6 c m x 4 4 . 4 c m ) P 16,000 Provenance: Gustavo Camps. Acquired from the above by the present owner. This piece is accompanied by a certificate issued by Mr. Christian Aguilar confirming the authenticity of this lot Signed, dated and inscribed "Al amic Gustavo Camps", this charcoal work of a street violinist accompanied by a child holding up a platter for alms is, in all likelihood, one of the many interesting denizens that peppered the streets of Barcelona which he called home for nine years.

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143 Fernando Zobel 1924 - 1984 Orange Revenan t Signed and dated 1 9 6 3 ( v e r s o ) Oil on canvas 39 1/2 " x 31" (100 . 3 3 c m x 7 8 . 7 4 c m ) P 1,100,000 Provenance: With Luz Gallery Private Collection, USA The piece is accompanied by a certificate by Don Rafael Perez - Madero confirming the authenticity of the lot.

A Fernando Zobel of the Philippine period and exhibited at the Luz Gallery when it was acquired in 1964, the painting, redolent of Mark Rothko and Franze Klein was a transition from the Serie Negra (1958-1962) to the Dialogos (Dialogs with artists) and to the Serie Blanca. Not only the year 1963 an important year of Zobel in the context of his output, it was also a turning point in his life. It was in this year that he visited the ancient hill town of Cuenca, Southeast of Madrid, and Zobel reported himself “quickly entranced by the mood, the style, the charm of the city and its inhabitants.” The trip would alter the course of his destiny.

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Diosdado Lorenzo 1906 - 1983 S e l f Portrait S i g ned and dated 1975 (lo w e r r i g h t ) P a stel on paper 1 4 1 / 4 " x 11 1/4 " (36.2cm x 2 8 . 5 8 c m )

Mauro “Malang” Santos

P 12,000

P 40,000

Provenance: Gift from the artist to Carlos Quirino, thence by descent.

Provenance: Ms. Ning Basa.

Literature: A. Guillermo, Diosdado Lorenzo: Art Rebel to Legend, Manila 2009, p.150.

Leon Gallery is grateful to West Gallery for confirming the authenticity of this lot.

A self-portrait of one of the leading members of the Thirteen Moderns who, during his long tenure at the University of Santo Tomas School of Fine Arts, taught the likes of Jerry Elizalde Navarro and Ang Kiukok. Dated 1950, Lorenzo was aged 49 when this casual, relaxed portrait was made.

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1928 Colorful Flowers Signed and dated 1990 (lower right) Acrylic 40" x 13" (101.6 cm x 33 cm)

This abstract work by Malang from 1990 exudes a happy, positive energy that emanates from his use of vibrant colors that almost burst through the canvas. Here we see elements from nature – leaves and trees – in varying shapes and forms that constitute an almost playful image.


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146 Benedicto Cabrera 1942 Barefoot Gentle m a n Signed and dated 2 0 0 7 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Ac rylic 36" x 24" (91cm x 6 0 c m ) P 1,100,000

Bencab's skill in illustration cannot be denied, having honed his talents early on in his youth and in his employment in the publishing industry. With a penchant for capturing people -- again, a preoccupation that harks back to his youth -- this work of a gentleman seated in pose shows us his love and keen interest in people from all walks of life.

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147 Lee Aguinaldo 1933 - 2007 Room Mixed media 1 4 " x 1 7 1 / 2 " ( 3 5 . 5 c m x 4 4 . 4 c m) P 25,000 Provenance: Anna Abad Santos. Acquired from the above by the present owner. This work possess the almost dogged desire by Lee for precision in his lines, capturing an empty room, where one can see the depth, the shadows, the perspective, all done with a mastery of draftsmanship.

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148 Alfredo Liongoren

1944 Untitled S i g n e d a n d d a t e d 1 9 7 7 ( b o t t o m) Acrylic on canvas 2 4 1 / 2 " x 2 4 1 / 2 " ( 6 2 . 2 3 c m x 6 2.23cm)

P 30,000 Acrylic sand impasto, a medium which Liongoren experimented on in the mid 60's (or then the enfant terrible of Philippine art) is the artist's enduring material for his abstract landscapes. Muted colors from garnet to mauve in the textural surface create unsentimental compositions evoking somber and sober lyrical mood.

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149 Jorge Pineda

1837-1907

Las Buyeras Signed and dated 1 9 0 4 ( l o w e r l e f t ) Oil on canvas 71" x 58" (180.34 c m x 1 4 7 . 3 2 c m )

P 700,000

illustrations. This is a clear testimony to the betel-nut chewing tradition practiced in all regions of the Philippines – from the Cordilleras in the North to Tawi-Tawi in the South; in the mountains as well as on the plains; among the Christianized and Islamized folks as well as the animistic groups. The Las Buyeras by Jorge Pineda won a Bronze medal at the St. Louis World’s Fair Exposition of 1904. Perhaps to the spectators, the painting’s significance lies as much in the subject represented as in the artistry of the creator. ‘Local color’ was, after all, what they were looking for in this Exposition where the Philippines was introduced to the American lay person for the first time.

1904 brought pride for the Filipino nation as medals were bagged by Filipino artists in the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair Exposition in Chiacago, USA. The Gold went to Juan Luna, the Silver to Felix Resureccion-Hidalgo and the Bronze to Jorge Pineda.

At 25 years old at the time of the exposition, the mastery of genre painting and his inclination towards delightful settings and scenery has manifested. It is classic Pineda, where we see how he turns the spotlight on a seemingly mundane scene, which he captures in a pleasant, casual, but nonetheless realistic manner. Whereas Amorsolo's works spoke of exuberance, Pineda's pieces gleamed of restraint and subtle elegance.

Las Buyeras or Betel nut vendors was a frequently depicted subject in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century paintings and magazine

Source: Rosa Maria Magno Icagasi, Art Subject in 19th Century Philippine Art, p.104

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150 Onib Olmedo

1937 - 1996 Mother and Child II Signed and dated 1993 (lower left) Oil pastel on paper 2 7 1/2" x 2 2 " ( 6 9 . 8 5 c m x 5 5 . 8 8 c m )

P 80,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by Mia Herbosa.

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151 Antonio Austria

1936 Pool Players Signed and dated 1978 (lower right) Oil on canvas 2 4 1/2" x 2 5 1/2" ( 6 2 . 2 3 c m x 6 4 . 7 7 c m )

P 80,000 Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

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152 Alfredo Buenaventura (a.) Market

Scene 1 signed (lower righ t ) Oil on canvas 18" x 24" (45.72cm x 6 0 . 9 6 c m )

(b.) Market

Scene 2 Signed and dated 1 9 6 6 ( l o w e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 18 " x 24" (45.72cm x 6 0 . 9 6 c m )

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153 Andres Barrioquinto

1975 The Man Comes A r o u n d Signed and dated 2 0 0 6 ( u p p e r r i g h t ) Oil on canvas 30" x 24" (76.2cm x 6 0 . 9 6 c m )

P 60,000

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154 Alfredo Esquillo, Jr.

1972

D a ang Ligid Krus 1 9 96 O i l and saw dust on canva s 7 3 " x 65" (185cm x 165cm )

P 400,000

Treasures Vol. I, No. 4 Spring 1998, cover

Asian Art News VOLUME 10 NUMBER 2 MARCH/APRIL 2000, p. 68

Painting timeline: 1996 - ASEAN ART AWARDS, Fourth Prize, Bangkok, Thailand PHILIPPINE ART AWARDS, Juror’s Prize, Manila, Philippines 1997 - Claude Tayag purchased painting from Hiraya Gallery 1998 - (June 13-August 30) – painting was loaned to Asian Art Museum of San Francisco “At Home and Abroad: 21 Contemporary Filipino Artists”. Documented with photograph in the museum’s exhibition catalog (cover and inside page). 2009 - (February) – painting loaned to Bencab Museum for its inaugural exhibition. 2013 - Painting loaned to Metropolitan Museum of Manila

Not only is it probably one of the most well-traveled pieces of Filipino art, having made the rounds of important exhibitions around the world, it has also won plum prizes, first at the ASEAN Art Awards in 1996, and then at the Philippine Art Awards the same year where it won the Juror's Prize. Art aficionados consider this a seminal piece in that it triggered a revolution in modern contemporary art even with its strong social realist style, capturing an All Saint's Day scene where cemetery visitors appear to celebrate the memory of those they have lost, even as they are caught in a maze, trapped in a labyrinth of their various and conflicting devotions. This large work was recently hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and its importance have been confirmed as early as the mid - 90s - at the time when auction houses abroad started taking notice of our modern contemporary art and when the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco invited it to their 1998 show "At Home and Abroad: 21 Contemporary Filipino Artists." In 2009, it was also loaned to the National Artist BenCab for the opening of his museum in Baguio.

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magnificent september auction