In this age of fast fashion and consumerism, it’s nice to go back to a slower pace and appreciate items that have been meticulously made. In The Nonesuch: Fine Collectibles and Rarities, we’ll get to see more of Filipino craftsmanship in a fair highlighting art, antiques, furniture, jewelry, books, maps and prints, rare objects, and other collectibles.
The fair will be an exploration of quality and rarity, with a vetted selection by Gino Gonzales, a set designer who recently bagged the silver prize at the 2017 World Stage Design by the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gonzales, together with the organizers of Art Fair Philippines and Art in the Park, gathered some of the country’s top antiques exhibitors, including Gallery Deus, Gallery Joshua, Gallery of Prints, Leon Gallery, Maria Angelica Rare Finds, Maria Closa, Natalya Lagdameo, Nicole Whisenhunt, Osmundo, Tawalisi Antiques, and Unang Panahon for a weekend of traditional art and culture.
The items are a mix of statues, Kalinga beads, jewelry, and religious carvings called urna. Many of the items are sourced from all over the Philippines, with some items dating back to the 5th century.
Parallel to the fair is The Nonesuch Salon, a series of talks on art, culture, and collecting led by experts.
Floy Quintos, a specialist on traditional art and culture of the indigenous people of the Philippines, will speak on the Ifugao bale (house); while Ino Manalo, culture and heritage advocate and administrator, and executive director of the National Archives, will speak on religious urnas. Meanwhile, Prof. Ambeth F. Ocampo, Filipino historian, academic, and journalist, will speak on collecting and stewardship. Emmanuel Breguet, the General Manager of Breguet France and the brand’s historian and archivist, will also be present to discuss the brand’s heritage.
The Nonesuch: Fine Collectibles and Rarities will be held from October 27 to 29 at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City. Visitors can opt to purchase a three-day pass for P1,000, or a daily pass for P350. Ticket holders are also eligible to attend the Nonesuch Salon.
This story is in partnership with The Nonesuch: Fine Collectibles and Rarities. For more information on the pieces and the exhibitors, visit The Nonesuch’s website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.