About León Gallery


León Gallery first opened its doors in 2010, quickly gaining a reputation for specializing in museum-quality and historically important Philippine Art. It is also a purveyor of meticulously selected Philippine antiques, dating from the Pre-Spanish period to the 19th Century.

Antique furniture, His-pano-Filipino ivory, ceramic and porcelain, carpets and jewelry constitute the gallery’s special heirloom and estate pieces. At the core of León Gallery’s expertise are works of the Filipino Old Mas-ters, such as Juan Luna y Novicio, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo y Padilla, Fabian de la Rosa y Cueto and Fernando Amorsolo y Cueto.

The Gallery has gone on to widen its field with the works of the Filipino Moderns, in-cluding Fernando Zóbel de Ayala y Montojo, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Diosdado Lorenzo and Romeo Tabuena, to name a few.

Exhibitions


In 2014, León Gallery organized the landmark exhibition, ‘The Jim and Reed Pfeufer Collection: A Four-Decade Friendship with Fernando Zóbel.’ Featuring 73 works, the show was a look into the mind and artistic process of the maestro, Fernando Zóbel, as seen through sketches, private corre-spondence, and significant works amassed by his close friends, Reed Champion of the Boston School and her husband, Jim Pfeufer.

In February 2016, León Gallery assembled the largest collection of works by Alfonso Ossorio — a Filipino by birth, confidante of Jackson Pollock, and an influential member of the American school of Abstract Expression-ists — to be seen in the Philippines. Entitled ‘Afflictions of Glory: Alfonso Ossorio’, it was the first-ever exhibit of Ossorio works in the country and commemorated his 100th birth year.

This was followed by another milestone in June 2016: ‘Filipinos in the Gilded Age: An Exhibition of Important Ivory, Furniture, and Paintings’ that assembled an astounding number of works from the turn of the centu-ry, including several recently repatriated masterpieces. A catalogue also ac-companied the exhibit which re-created the world of the 19th century, and in particular, drew inspiration from Luna’s Paris atelier.

León Gallery led the way in the field of bringing the concept of ‘curated auctions’ to the country, with ‘Two Navels.’ Inspired by the seminal work of Philippine National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, it sought to con-tinue the dialogue on the question of Filipino identity. Opening in August 2016, it celebrated the eve of Joaquin’s 100th birth year. As its first exhibition for 2017, León Gallery was privileged to present an iconic art collection in ‘Trove : The Coseteng Collection’, which spanned the life and art of the modern master Hernando R. Ocampo from 1945 to 1978. 74 works of stunning canvases, watercolors and works on paper — many of which had never been seen in public — told the magnificent story of this legendary Neo-Expressionist.

It partnered with the Asian Cultural Council to conceptualize a special show entitled ‘The World Is Too Much With Us : José Joya’ for Art Fair Philippines in February 2017. Joya was the first grantee of the Asian Cul-tural Council, then known as the Ford Foundation.

The following month, León Gallery went on to ‘The Sons Return’, an ex-hibit of two ex-patriate artists who returned to become among our most be-loved National Artists: Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, more popularly known as “Bencab” and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz.

In August 2017, it staged the landmark exhibition titled ‘Mid-Century Moderns: Important Modernist Painting from the Philippine Art Gallery,’ again, the first of its kind in more than three decades. The PAG was the country’s first-ever gallery focusing entirely on abstract art, and was estab-lished in 1952. Its roster featured the Philippines’ first non-objective artists and the legendary ‘Neo-Realists’ who sought to express the new reality af-ter World War II : H.R. Ocampo, Vicente S. Manansala, Cesar F. Legaspi, Romeo V. Tabuena, Victor Oteyza, and Ramon A. Estella. For the 2018 edition of Art Fair Philippines, the gallery organized ‘Else-where : 100 Years of Filipino Artists Abroad,’ featuring Miguel Zaragoza, Fabian de la Rosa, Nena Saguil, Macario Vitalis, Cesar F. Legaspi, Napole-on Abueva, among others.


Jaime Ponce de Leon
Founder and Director

Auction Highlights


‘The Filipino’ bas-relief in wood, both garnering P17.5 Million or USD 337,000. Museum-quality Filipino antique furniture continued to capture the pub-lic’s imagination : In the recent June sale, a record was achieved for the Arnedo Table, on which heroes, princes and presidents dined, at P7.6 Mil-lion or USD 146,000. León Gallery has also had the privilege of auctioning the most expensive piece of furniture in the country, the splendid Gabaldon cabinet at P15 Million or USD 306,000.

Philippine abstract art continued to perform well at the recent June 2018 auction with a series of modern as well as contemporary artists setting their own records : First was Roberto Chabet whose grey ‘Blind Window’ cap-tured all the shades of desperation of Lee Harvey Oswald moments before (and after) he assassinated the ultimate American president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1964. This piece brought in a stunning P9.3 Million USD179,000, fitting for the man credited with shaping the careers of sev-eral generations of Filipino abstract artists.

Chabet had handpicked Marciano “Mars” Galang to be one of the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s very first 13 Artists. Thus, his enormous work ‘Morning Calm’ finally established this significant but under-rated artist in the auction world, bringing in an unprecedented P 2.1 Million, USD 40,000.

Other high-profile results included a world’s record for Mark Justiniani for “Ang Hari (The King)” at P6.4Million (USD123,000) and Florencio Con-cepcion for “Abstract” at P2.3Million (USD44,000); while Manuel Rodri-guez Sr’s pointillist “Planting Rice” reaped almost P3Million (USD58,000) and Danilo Dalena’s coquettish “Dancing Boots”, brought in an unprece-dented peak of P6.4Million (USD123,000.) All of these were brand-new benchmarks.

Allied Activities


León Gallery always puts the highest value on the authentication and doc-umentation of its art pieces, supported by an exemplary level of research and scholarship as well as impeccable provenance. Its roster of consultants include scholar Ramon N. Villegas (whose last exhibit before his untimely death was for León Gallery), antiques expert Martin Imperial Tinio, Jr., his-torical and cultural consultant Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, and furniture, ivory and silver cognoscente Augusto M. R. Gonzalez III. The gallery has also earned the reputation of publishing catalogues and books of the highest quality to accompany all of its exhibitions. Recently, León Gallery has also enhanced its presence by bringing its excit-ing auctions online. In recognition of its various initiatives, León Gallery was named as one of the World’s Top 250 Auction Houses in 2016 by the influential Blouin Art Magazine.

Our Mission


Our mission is to make contemporary and historical pieces of Filipino art accessible to the world. We’re for art education, appreciation, and growth.


Art is an important foundation to the Filipino culture and history. It has the power to move, inspire, and encourage hope. We believe it is important to grow in a society surrounded by this power to constantly grow in conversation with ourselves and society. This is why we made it our mission to become the simple and convenient link between buying and selling contemporary and historical pieces of art. We understand the level of responsibility and trust required by this role. Hence, our pool of experts work hard from the authentication and documentation process, storage and preservation, to the actual pricing and bidding, so there is little for you to worry about.


Since 2010, we have specialized in collecting important museum quality and historical pieces of work. Our collections expand from Old Master Paintings such as those done by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, and Fernando Amorsolo, to modernist works done by Fernando Zobel, Diosado Lorenzo, and Federico Aguilar. We are also a purveyor of Philippine antiques, from the pre-Hispanic to the Hispanic era. Antique furniture, ivory, orientalia, pottery, and rugs are included in the gallery’s special heirloom and estate pieces. Find what you love and take a piece of history with you.

Simplicity and Covenience


We want to make buying and selling historical pieces of art easier for you. You can choose from Old Master Paintings, classic modernist works, antique furniture, or younger contemporary works. You may attend our live auctions at León Gallery, bid on the phone, or place an absentee bid. However, buying art does not always have to mean being caught up in the whirlwind of crazed bidders and auctioneers chanting at tongue-twisting speeds. Hence, you can place bids online from the comfort of your own home. In addition to our auctions, we regularly publish art books in collaboration with curators and other artists and host private exhibits that connect you with the right people.

How To Buy

How To Buy | How To Sell


Browse

Stay up to date with upcoming sales by visiting our website or downloading our PDF catalogue to learn more about the pieces, track upcoming sales, or even spot new work. You may also take part in pre-auction viewings which typically take place a few days prior to the auction.

Register and Bid

If you prefer to bid in person, you will need to register in advance. Simply bring a valid ID and collect your paddle. New clients are asked to register at least one week in advance to allow us enough time to get everything in order for you.

Online

Experience the thrill from the comfort of your own home. Those who would like to bid online may register at LeonExchange.com.

By Telephone

To place bids over the phone, register your information at our gallery, and we will call you when the bidding begins.

Absentee Bid

If you are unable to come in to bid in person, online, or on the phone, you may submit your highest bid using one of our León Gallery Absentee forms.

Online Only Auctions

León Gallery offers sales which are only available online and typically have a 2-week bidding window. You may check out more information and keep up with these auctions through our website.

How To Sell

How To Buy | How To Sell


Getting Started

Our experts at León Gallery will be at your side through the entire auction process. Once your piece has been approved for auction, our specialists will help you with pricing, cataloguing, and finding the perfect buyer. Pricing can be done in person, online, or on the phone. Once you receive a valuation, a seller’s agreement and shipping arrangements will be made. It’s as easy as that.

Request for Valuation

Because we value convenience and simplicity, we provide several options to have your work evaluated. You may come in and personally bring in your pieces, give us a call, or upload photos online and send us the details. If your submission is approved, we’ll arrange a meeting to sit down with you to discuss the value of your work, and when the best time to sell it. If it doesn’t fit in our regular auction calendar, we can create private events specifically for you. We’re here to answer any of your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Completing the Sale

You can monitor the status of your piece by attending the live auction, checking our website for the final bid, or giving us a call. After the auction, you will be notified if we found a buyer for you and how much your piece was sold for. Your payment will be sent to you within the following weeks along with a settlement statement listing down the details of the sale.

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