News-Antique.com - Jun 06,2012 - ORANGE, Calif. – This weekend, June 9 and 10, Don Presley Auctions of Orange, Calif., will offer to the public more than 1,000 lots of antiques, fine art and quality collectibles from Beverly Hills and Newport Beach estates. All of the goods are fresh to the market and will be available to the highest bidder through a variety of bidding methods, including live in the gallery, by phone, absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com.
The 12 noon (Pacific) start time will be marked by the sounds emanating from a superb Tiffany & Co. tall-case clock with Walter H. Durfee movement. The stately timepiece, which stands 99 inches tall, appears to be complete with pendulum, tubes and weights.
“A similar clock with the same type of movement sold in a 2007 auction in New Orleans for $92,500,” said auctioneer and company owner Don Presley. “We’ve placed a conservative estimate of $30,000-$50,000 on the clock in our sale.”
Several ornate French clock sets are entered in the sale, including a magnificent 19th-century gilt bronze suite that comprises an elaborately decorated mantel clock with a pair of flanking 36-inch-tall candelabra. It is expected to make $12,000-$25,000. Additional clock lots include antique Italian and American productions.
The decorative art section continues with a 48-inch P.E. Fiaschi marble statue of a nude woman, a 26-inch bronze nude signed by artist Auguste Seysses (1862-1946), and six exquisite KPM porcelain plaques, some with elaborately carved Italian giltwood frames. Estimates range from $3,500-$8,000.
Other highlights include coveted designs by Tiffany Studios. A wonderful pair of signed Tiffany floor lamps crafted as birds with Favrile glass shades suspended from their necks will be offered with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate.
Two outstanding mirror lots will be up for bid, one of which consists of a pair of Italian oval mirrors in a gilt-wood frame, each with a four-branch candelabrum and classical decorative elements. The estimate on the pair is $8,000-$10,000. Also of note is a 19th-century Meissen mirror with a cabriole shape and extraordinary Meissen porcelain flora and putti embellishing the frame. Estimate $25,000-$35,000.
The top painting in the sale is a monumental oil-on-canvas framed portrait of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830-1916). The emperor is attired in full military dress with medals and is posed in a parlor setting. The unique artwork measuring 9ft 1in by 5ft 10in (framed) is entered in the sale with a $15,00-$20,000 estimate.
An abundance of high-end furniture is led by a 19th-century Guillaume Benneman marble-top ormulu commode, est. $15,000-$25,000; and a fine 19th-century Italian giltwood cassone crafted in Renaissance style with gilt claw feet and painted panels on three sides. Each panel depicts a gathering of maidens with bows and arrows. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000.
A three-piece Aubusson parlor set features carved legs and lions’ heads on the arms of the settee and chairs. The suite is estimated at $7,000-$10,000. Asian furniture is led by a pair of 67-inch-tall huanghuali and secondary wood bookcases, lot estimate $6,500-$8,500.