Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Household Antiques Heirlooms

Title: Household Antiques Heirlooms
Author: Falice Sta. Maria & Ben A. Laxina
Synopsis: Did you know that our generic term for the oil lamp with a glass chimney, kinke, comes from its original supplier to the Islands, the Quinquet Factory of France? That Luzon was named after lusong, the rice mortar (now a collectible) that early Spanish soldier found under a nipahut?
That Spanish-time money, all being in coin, was so heavy that bills had to be collected in iron chests loaded on wheelbarrows? (Some of the chests still exist.). Or that our so-called Vienna chairs were the first knockdown furniture? You might be amused to note that the macho of the 1800s was daintily shod in highly embroidered cloth slippers.
These are only some of the pithy tidbits in the book by Felice Sta. Maria which inventories the contents of a late 19th century and early 20th century house. The possessions of the rich were dazzling indeed! The writer places the furniture, lamps, glassware, china and silver, art and decorations, toys and clothes and kitchenware in the context of our ancestors’ gracious and festive lifestyle. How disconcerting to find out that we imported everything from bathtubs to thimbles – and that the imports were hardly Europe’s or America’s best! Not a whit of it, however, subtracts from the value and charm that time, grime and nostalgia have bestowed on Philippine antiques.
House Hold Antiques and Heirlooms also traces the history of the antique trade – from Escolta, the prime mercantile district of the 30s where most of the goods originated, to Ermita, antique-and-flea market area where most of the goods end up. Treated only in passing are collectibles like religious carvings, excavated artifacts and ethnic art which deserve separate books of their own.
Year Published: 1983 GCF Books
37 Panay Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Format: Hardbound, glossy, with dust jacket
Size: 12.5 x 9.5
No. of Pages: 285 pages
Condition: New
Weight: 2.83 kilograms

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