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Chiparus bronze, Russian troika painting among top lots in Don Presley auction
Art Nouveau porcelain portrait plate, 13¾ inches in diameter, est. $300-$400. Don Presley Auctions image.

SANTA ANA, CA.- Antiques, decorative arts, collectibles and memorabilia, jewelry, timepieces, porcelains, bronzes, furniture and coins will go to the highest bidders at a Don Presley auction slated for Sunday, Nov. 30. Fine American, Chinese, Russian and European items – many coming from prestigious Southern California estates – will be included in the 103-lot auction.

The auction will begin at noon Pacific Time. Internet live bidding will be available through

A fine selection of European decorative art is at the forefront of the auction. A Demetre Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947) enameled bronze titled “Phoenician Dancer” stands 21½ inches tall and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.

European ceramics include a 15½-inch-tall Meissen potpourri vase and a hand-painted Limoges plate, 12¼ inches in diameter. A pair of 42½-inch-tall urns, after Jean Antoine Houdon, will be offered with an estimate of $800-$1,000. There’s also an outstanding Art Nouveau portrait plate with the profile of a dark-haired beauty framed within a circular border of poppies. Its presale estimate is $300-$400.

A pair of graceful cloisonné birds on stands consists of an example measuring 9 inches high, and a stylized 6½-inch jade bird with carved detailing.

The image of a horse-drawn troika gliding across the snow is a popular one with collectors of Russian art. A framed 14- by 10-inch depiction of a trio of horses at full gallop, signed “A. Schel,” is presented in an old and ornate, probably original frame. Along for the ride are a standing driver and bundled-up passenger. The painting is expected to make $1,500-$2,000.

From the late 19th century, a fine French gilt bronze mantel clock is estimated at $1,000-$1,500, while a wooden fireplace screen with an Art Nouveau floral motif could be a good buy at $200-$400.

Don Presley Auctions is located at 2202 S. Main St. in Santa Ana, Calif. To arrange a preview, call 714-633-2437. For additional information, call or email Don Presley at

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to

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