KPM nude plaque may cover up to $8,000 in Nov. 10 auction

ORANGE, Calif. – Don Presley has been busy visiting some of the finest estates in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach to gather top-quality antiques to bring to auction. His 500-lot Nov. 10 sale is brimming with choice selections from Southern California residences and estates, and everything will be available to bidders at his gallery or online through The Saturday event will commence at 12 noon Pacific Time / 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

G80-64 KPM plaque of nude, 19th century. Signed lower right. Original carved gilt wood frame. Measures 17 inches by 14 inches with frame. Estimate $6,000 – $8,000. Photo courtesy Don Presley Auctions

One of the star lots in the sale is a 19th-century enamel-over-silver tea set comprised of a sugar, creamer, two cups, two saucers, sugar tons and a spoon. The pieces are stamped “MC / AC / 1894.” The presale estimate is $9,000 to $12,000.

A magnificent 19th-century KPM plaque depicts an ethereal nude and is presented in its original carved gilt wood frame. The signed, 17- by 14-inch (framed) artwork is expected to make $6,000 to $8,000.

Hand-painted and hand-tooled in white slip with cranes and foliage on a fawn ground, a pair of pate-sur-pate vases could make $2,700 to $3,500. Another decorative treasure is the gilt bronze female nude reclining on a sofa, very modestly estimated at $200 to $300.

Both beautiful and functional, an onyx and champleve clock set was made by T. Dickinson, Buffalo. The clock stands 19 inches tall and is flanked by a pair of lidded urns, each 22 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $10,000 to $12,000.

Dated May 31, 1910, a desirable Pairpoint Puffy lamp is reverse-painted with polychrone enamels. Adorned with an attractive grapes-and-leaves theme on the shade, it is destined to appeal to art glass collectors. Its estimate is $3,500 to $7,000.

An important textile to be auctioned on Nov. 10 is a 19th-century Aubusson tapestry with a gentleman and two ladies in a pastoral setting. Measuring 78 by 82 inches, the tapestry is entered in the sale with an $11,000 to $25,000 estimate.

Pairpoint puffy lamp, base is stamped “Pairpoint Mfg.” Grape shade is dated May 31, 1910. Reverse painted with polychrome enamels. Many small chips around the rim. Measures 21 inches tall by 14 inches in diameter. Estimate $3,500-$7,000.

The auction also features fine furniture. An Empire-style, marble-top, drop-front desk with gilt bronze ormolu adornments could fetch $1,000 to $1,500.

Don Presley’s Nov. 10, 2012 auction will commence at 12 noon Pacific Time / 3 p.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the sale, call Don Presley at 714-633-2437 or e-mail

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