SANTA ANA, Calif. – “Mighty fine” was a favorite expression used by auctioneer Don Presley in describing premium sale items. Presley passed away this year, but Don Presley Auctions pays tribute to the company’s colorful founder with a May 21 sale dubbed “Mighty Fine May Antique, Art Deco & Porcelain.” Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Included in this diverse 500-lot auction are high-quality lamps and chandeliers, clocks, bronze sculptures, Limoges, jewelry, sterling silver, furniture and a variety of Chinese antiques.
Deaccessioned Museum Treasures to Cross Block
The Bowers Museum has deaccessioned matching Tang-style ceramic flasks. The long-standing
Orange County art museum has also consigned a selection of deaccessioned cloisonné items.
A pair of Chinese carved huanghuali tables. Each measures 47 inches long by 15 inches wide and 32 inches high. The pair form a lot with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.
Several antique clocks may also strike interest among bidders. 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 alternatively called an industrial or rolling-ball clock. The case has four glass panels and gilt bronze ormolu trim, and is topped with a bronze lion.
Bronzes, Porcelain, Clocks Headlining May Presley Auction
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), a veteran of the Royal Navy, is known for his marine paintings. A well-executed oil painting of a clipper in full sail, presented in its original gilt frame, has a conservative estimate of $400-$800.
Additional lots reflect famous names such as Daum Nancy, Pickard, Waterford and Wavecrest. Furniture highlights include Vernis Martin vitrines [display cases].