Don Presley’s June 1 Antiques, Fine Art & Collectibles Auction in Orange, California
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW! Saturday, June 1st, Starting at 12 Noon PST!
Note change – one day event only now!
Magnificent ONE-Day Auction Event At DON PRESLEY AUCTION – HUNDREDS OF FRESH TO THE MARKET ITEMS WILL BE OFFERED
All the lots – now being hand-selected and assembled by Don himself – comprise treasures from fabulous estates from around southern California including Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, and Hollywood — along with many others from around the United States.
As always, count on Quality Furniture, Collectibles And Fine Artwork, and incredible Chinese and Asian art items.
Plus, per Don’s specialty, look for Russian Enamel, Baccarat, Bronzes, Ivory, Sterling silver, Tiffany, Meissen, KPM, Sevres, Galle, Limoges, Dresden, Porcelains, Amphora, Pottery, China, Coins,Jewelry, Glassware, Clocks, and Watches. There will be a large collection of Art Glass and so much more arriving too late to list.
As usual there will be late consignment surprises because we take quality items as late as 3 days before the auction!
We Urge You To Check Out This Special Two-Day AUCTION EVENT and We PROMISE you that you will not be disappointed!
Thank you for all your support! — Don Presley
Lalique ‘Cactus’ console table heads Presley sale
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN ANTIQUE WEEK, APRIL 22, 2013
BY CAROLE DEUTSCH
ORANGE, Calif. — The “Cactus” form console table, designed in 1951 by Marc Lalique as a window display, was the highlight of the April 7 sale at Don Presley’s Southern California auction house.
The “Cactus” console table was one of the most presentational forms made by Lalique, and it was among the 538 lots sold at the auction. The dramatic piece was appealing to bidders and can be used as a table and console – both having a crystal base that resembles cactus leaves serving as table legs.
This is one of Lalique’s coveted designs and is typically found in museums and in elite, private collections.
The 52 inch wide console that sold at Presley’s was signed on each of the four cactus leafs, had the original top and was in good condition. It was just one item from a Los Angeles estate at this auction. The bidding opened at $4,000 and quickly escalated to a closing price of $31,050. Prices reflect a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A Lalique “Rinceaux” mirror, 59 1/2 inches tall by 25 3/4 inches wide, that came from the same estate realized $10,350.
Four 21 inch tall, Empire-style wall sconces were made of gilt bronze and each had a central mythological female winged figure standing on a black ball. The figure held four-armed candelabras that swirled theatrically from both sides. This lot commanded the sum of $5,060.
A price of $4,600 was achieved for a large Llardo porcelain figurine, The Rescue, that depicted three figures in a rowboat battling a violent storm in wind-tossed waves to rescue a boy and his dog. The 28 inch wide by 17 1/2 inch tall piece was sold with the original paperwork and pedestal stand.
A KPM porcelain plaque, circa 1920s, that portrayed a reclining nude was mounted in a heavy gilded frame and realized $3,450. A price of $3,105 was paid for a bronze and ivory figure of a barefoot dancing lady, signed “Omerth.” The 11 inch tall figure’s face, arms and legs were made of ivory and
her costume was done in Dore bronze.
This was a classic image of George Omerth (French, 1895-1925). A 19th century Meissen snowball covered tureen that bore a depiction of a small herd of elk, as well as a graphic image of a fallen elk on the top (antlers as handle), measured 12 inches tall and sold for $3,450.
The first leg of the April auction was offered on April 6, in which all proceeds from 40 lots were donated to charity. Presley was touched by the story of Dr. Alfonsina “Nina” Davies, who recently died from SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). Davies’ parents, Tom and Nadia Davies, consigned a number of items in the auction to help raise funds for her dream to endow a chair at UCLA, to be called the Dr. Alfonsina Q. Davies Endowed Chair for Epilepsy Research in honor of Paul Crandall, M.D.
“It was a very good auction, maybe we’re starting to see a turnaround in the auction business, but I also think we have the online bidders to thank for that because if they don’t succeed in buying the item they are for sure keeping the in-house bidders honest,” Presley explained. “I sold a Lalique ‘Cactus’ console table for $31,050, the under bidder was in Canada. I sold a Lalique ‘Rinceaux’ mirror for $10,350, the under bidder in France; a Llardo, The Rescue, for $4,600, under bidder on the phone. But what I’m most proud of in this auction is the small part we played in raising awareness about epilepsy by working with Tom and Nadia Davies, and I want to especially thank all the folks that bid on lots 400 to 440 and purchased books – 100 percent of the proceeds went to the fundraising, in which all monies will help endow a chair at UCLA for much needed research. If interested, folks can go to my site and see what it’s all about. The information will remain on my website and we will continue trying
to help raise enough money to endow this chair. As it stands right now we are still one million dollars short, but we can get there even if it’s a little at a time. All of us at Don Presley Auction thank you.”
Nadia Davies authored a biography of her daughter, titled Nina, A Story of Uncommon Courage, which can be purchased from Presley for $20 – all of the proceeds go to the fundraising. Visit UCLA’s site to learn more or visit www.NinasCourage.org or Presley’s website at www.donpresley.com.