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Don Presley Auctions presents 'Mighty Fine' antiques on May 21
Pair of Chinese carved huanghuali tables, each measuring 32in x 47in x 15in. Estimate $20,000-$30,000. Don Presley Auctions image

SANTA ANA, CA.- “Mighty fine” was a favorite expression used by auctioneer Don Presley in describing the premium items in his sales. Presley passed away earlier 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 will be 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.

The Bowers Museum has deaccessioned matching Tang-style ceramic flasks decorated with beast masks, which are featured in the auction. The long-standing Orange County art museum has also consigned a selection of deaccessioned cloisonné items.

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 fine antique clocks have been cataloged. One of the most unusual is a French-style gilt bronze Ferris wheel clock that incorporates 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.

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. Page’s 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].

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