Decorative art in the spotlight at Don Presley Auction’s March 19 sale

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Original Art Deco harlequin lamp designed by J.B. Hirsch, circa 1920s, 10 3/4in x 15 1/2in x 6in. Estimate $2,500-$3,000. Don Presley Auction image


SANTA ANA, Calif. – The antiques trade lost veteran auctioneer Don Presley early this year, but the company that bears his name is carrying on with an auction March 19 that is loaded with the fine quality antiques he loved to handle. While many of the major names in decorative arts – Daum, Galle, KPM, Lalique, Tiffany and more – are found throughout the 192-lot catalog, the auction features some seldom-seen objects of comparable high quality. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A prime example of the fine pieces included in the auction is a 1920s Art Deco harlequin lamp (above) designed by J.B. Hirsch. Its stepped alabaster base measures 10 3/4 by 15 1/2 by 6 inches.

An Art Deco torchere having an amber art glass shade and a hand-forge black iron base is in the style of Paul Kiss. Topped with an acid cut Daum-style shade, the lamp stands 70 inches high.


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Art Deco iron torchere with amber glass shade on hand-forged black iron base in the style of Paul Kiss. Estimate $1,500-$2,000 Don Presley Auction image


Bidding starts at $100 on a Tiffany-style pair of fleur-de-lis bronze candleholders with green glass grape-shaped bobeches (below).


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Tiffany-style Fleur-de-lis bronze candleholders. Estimate $400-$600. Don Presley Auction image


Mounted on a triple-layer marble base and standing 20 inches tall is a beautifully posed female figure titled Renaissance Girl. A label reads “Gori Affortunato Gori (1895-1925 Italian).” Having studied at Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Gori worked in marble, bronze, ivory, often combining these materials in so-called chryselephantine figures.


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‘Renaissance Girl’ by Affortunato Gori (Italy, 1895-1925), 20in high on marble base. Estimate $900-$1,500. Don Presley Auction image


More than a dozen lots of Chinese antiques offered in the auction include several brush pots and large carved stone stamp (below).


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Large Chinese stamp, 5 1/4in x 2 1/4in x 2 1/4in. Estimate $600-$800. Don Presley Auction image


Featured in a selection of estate jewelry are an 18K white gold and diamond bracelet (below) and a 2.32 diamond solitaire yellow gold ring.


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Diamond bracelet in 18K white gold, 3.70 total carat weight. Estimate $5,000-$6,000. Don Presley Auction image


Two pieces of contemporary Ephraim art pottery are offered in the sale including a 10-inch Blackberry vase.


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Ephraim Pottery Blackberry vase, signed Nary Pratt, measures 10in high. Estimate: $300-$500. Don Presley Auction image


For additional information on any item in the auction, call 714-633-2437.