Philippine Antique Furniture and Prints

Philippine Antique Furniture and Prints

During the Spanish era many Christianized upper middle class families had “mesa altars” made from Philippine hardwood like narra,kamagong,baticulin, and molave for their houses. They would put carvings of saints also known as “santos” on top with votive candles and flowers so they could have a place for their daily prayers.Other families had small chapels built inside their houses.

Antique prints showing life in the Philippine islands from the 16th to the 18th centuries where mostly ,lithographs and engravings done by foreign travelers or ship historians.Most of these prints ended up as illustrations in books about the Philippine and Pacific islands documenting the life, times, customs, the flora and fauna.Found in antiquarian shops in Europe,they have now become rare and hard to find

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