It’s no secret that Pepper Teehankee loves collecting art. “I bought my first piece with my mom at 11,” says the lifestyle columnist and society chronicler. He also famously loves dogs, of course, and he has a wall in his home where these two passions meet: a wall dedicated to portraits of his dog Pierre painted by some of the best Filipino contemporary artists. “I can't describe what art I'm drawn to,” Pepper tells ANCX. His collection, he says, is just “too eclectic.”
Perhaps a wishlist from the upcoming León Gallery Kingly Treasures Auction will give us a clearer idea what Pepper really looks for in art pieces. Pepper has graciously agreed to be one of our tastemakers for the most important of the León auctions this year, happening on the 28th of November at 2PM. The catalogue features some truly covetable artworks and antiques as only León Gallery is able to gather.
We asked Pepper to pick his favorites from the treasures on offer, not only to serve as guide for our readers interested in bidding, but to offer a glimpse into what really draws this guy to art.
Lot 26 & 27
Dino Gabito, Shroud: Ides of March l and Ides of March II
“I've followed the talented Dino Gabito's career from the start. I’d love to have these two on my walls...if I could afford it.”
H. R. Ocampo, Tempo Rubato (Robbed Time)
“It's a unique piece and more colorful than the usual H.R. The beautiful piece is distinctly Ocampo yet stands out among his works.”
Fernando Amorsolo, Lavanderas
“I never had an Amorsolo oil painting ever and this classic ‘Lavanderas’ would be a great addition to anyone's collection.”
Fabian de la Rosa, Dalagang Filipina in Native Dress
“I love works on paper and this amazing watercolor of a Filipina wearing a native dress is simply exquisite.”
Very Rare Juan, Antonio and Andres Luna Private Papers
“I'd bid for the lot not caring about the rest... I just want the poignant letter (with a sketch) written by Juan Luna to his son.”
The Léon Gallery Kingly Treasures Auction 2020 is the third major alliance between León Gallery, the country’s most trusted auction house, and ANCX.ph, the urban man’s guide to style and culture, the online lifestyle site of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. The auction will take place on the 28th of November at 2PM.