Yule­tide Trea­sures

Casa de Me­mo­ria breathes mem­ory into the hol­i­days


Walk­ing into a room decked in luxe dé­cor and rich an­tiques set for an in­ti­mate hol­i­day din­ner can feel like en­ter­ing a Charles Dick­ens novel. There’s a res­o­nance of the clas­si­cal, as if an el­e­gant hol­i­day carol were play­ing as one takes in the sight. Noth­ing feels as fes­tive quite like the musky scent of wood and spices or a ta­blescape of bril­liantly col­ored plat­ters and ster­ling cut­lery. Such is the feel­ing evoked by Casa de Me­mo­ria’s up­com­ing hol­i­day auc­tion.

There’s some­thing ro­man­tic, too, about giv­ing a gift that has seen its fair share of his­tory. Take, for ex­am­ple, a hard­bound tome of il­lus­tra­tions and paint­ing tech­niques, a won­der­ful keep­sake to be­stow upon a friend with an ex­ten­sive li­brary of art books. Or a brooch in­laid with pre­cious gems, for a sweet­heart to cher­ish you by. The presents we give, after all, are our re­flec­tions of those who re­ceive them. Gift-giv­ing lets our loved ones know that we see them as equally en­dur­ing trea­sures.

The Casa de Me­mo­ria se­lec­tion is a rec­ol­lec­tion of the tra­di­tions of hol­i­days past: boun­teous feasts laid upon fine painted china; a fam­ily sit­ting by the Christ­mas tree, a gold-rimmed teacup full of thick hot choco­late in hand; the vel­vety petals of poin­set­tia in a vase on the man­tel. As al­ways, trea­sures and trin­kets abound within the house of mem­o­ries, ly­ing in wait for a cu­ri­ous eye to re­veal their ten­der sto­ries to. Casa de Me­mo­ria’s Auc­tion .0009 will be avail­able for view­ing at the Casa de Me­mo­ria show­room from Nov. 8 to 15. The cock­tail pre­view will be held on Nov. 9, Thurs­day, at 6 p.m. The Hol­i­day Auc­tion will be held on Nov. 18, Satur­day, at 2 p.m.

Casa de Me­mo­ria, 156 Jupiter St. cor. Comet St., Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City. casade­memo­ria.com

A table set­ting with ster­ling sil­ver­ware from Great Bri­tain dated 1913, porce­lain teapots and jars from 19th cen­tury France, and porce­lain plates with bird mo­tifs from 20th cen­tury Por­tu­gal, all from Casa de Me­mo­ria’s Auc­tion .0009 col­lec­tion.

Fine china with land­scape mo­tifs from the Qing dy­nasty, dated early to mid-19th cen­tury and Por­tuguese dec­o­ra­tive plates with religious-themed il­lus­tra­tions from the 20th cen­tury

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