This very rare watercolor on Manila paper is an exceptional find - letras y figuras, a uniquely Filipino visual art form that was pioneered by José Honorato Lozano in the last quarter of the 19th century. Commissioned to honor the memory of Juana Reyes, this original painting features the subject's name spelled out in the Latin alphabet using the contoured shapes of elegantly formed human figures, animals, plants, and other objects, with each letter depicting significant milestones in her life, from birth and engagement, to family life and death - the dates inscribed in the ribbons formed in the center of the picture. On the foreground, aspects of her genteel life - to the right, her country home set in what appears to be a hacienda, to the left her town dwelling, a bahay na bato. One also finds here a charming representation of her family tree, an intertwining of two families - hers and that of her husband Eleuterio Joaquin, whose impressive 56-piece hand-painted and personalized fine bone china dinner service is also offered in this sale (lot 62), with the branches giving the names of their offspring. Eminently collectible, this work is an exquisite piece of Philippine artistic and personal history.