SANTA ANA, Calif. – “Mighty fine” was a favorite expression uttered by auctioneer Don Presley in describing the premium items in his sales. Presley is departed but Don Presley Auction gives him a nod with a sale May 21 dubbed “Mighty Fine May Antique, Art Deco & Porcelain.” Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Included in this diverse auction of more than 500 lots are lamps and chandeliers, clocks, bronze sculptures, Limoges, jewelry, sterling silver, furniture and a variety of Chinese antiques.
The Bowers Museum has deaccessioned matching Tang-style ceramic flasks decorated with beast masks (above), which are featured in the auction. The long-standing Orange County art museum has also consigned a selection of deaccessioned cloisonné items (below).
A pair of Chinese carved huanghuali tables, each measuring 47 inches long by 15 inches wide and 32 inches high, is another highlight estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
Several antique clocks are in the catalog. One of the most unusual is a French-style gilt bronze Ferris wheel clock that also features a thermometer and barometer. This type of clock is also called an industrial or rolling-ball clock. The case has four glass panels, gilt bronze ormolu trim and is topped with a bronze lion.
A large pair of French doré bronze figural candelabra features two boys with pointed ears and serpent legs entwined and resting on rouge marble bases. Standing 29 inches high by 15 inches wide, the pair has a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
Bernard Page (British, 1927-1988), who served in the Royal Navy, is known for his marine paintings. A well-executed oil painting of a clipper under full sail in its original gilt frame has a conservative estimate of $400-$800.
Additional lots include famous names such as Daum Nancy, Pickard, Waterford and Wavecrest, as well as Vernis Martin vitrines.
For additional information on any item in the auction, call Don Presley Auction at 714-633-2437.