January 4, 2011
Empires Auction Of The Estate Of Laszlo Ispanky
Auction houses regularly sell art collections, but less common is finding an auction in which an artists work as well as his own estate are offered. That was the case in October when Empire Auctions of Hightstown, New Jersey, sold the estate of the late Sir Laszlo Ispanky. The world-renowned artist and sculptor died in July of 2010 at his family home in Hopewell, New Jersey. Ispanky, whose works have been selected by the United States Government as special gifts to Heads of State, was often referred to as "The Living Master." Ispanky Porcelains Ltd. was located in Trenton, New Jersey, until 1972 when he moved his growing company to Pennington, New Jersey. (See Side Bar for more information on the Ispanky.)
In Empire Auctions sale, conducted at their Hightstown gallery, Ispankys popular bronzes sold for between $500 and $5,500 each. Ispanky-designed porcelains ranged from $300 to $500 each; and his paintings sold for $200 to $600 each.
His personal estate contained many rare and unusual pieces, and those also did well at the auction.
A large pair of Victorian, palace size figural urns brought $5,800; and a pair of rare Victorian Aesthetic period Chinese armchairs brought $3,800. A large bronze went out at $13,200; and a French bronze saw $3,300. A pair of 18kt. Cartier earrings made $1,100, as did a set of two Royal Dux figures.
Furniture in Ispankys estate included a nine-piece burled wood dining set that sold for $1,900 and a Steinway grand piano for $8,000. A Modern table and chairs set went to a new home for $1,870, as did a Modern credenza, for the same amount. A large oak buffet rounded out the furniture lots - with a final bid of $800.
In 1973, Gene Pascucci opened the original Empire Antiques facility in Yardville, New Jersey, just outside of Trenton. Outgrowing the first location, he moved his operations to the present Hightstown address, in Hightstown - filling a 75,000 square foot building. Not limiting his expertise to US antiques, Pascucci has traveled the world, over the years, concentrating his efforts especially in Europe, South America, and the Orient. This has given him the ability to import/export exquisite and exceptional furniture, tapestries, silver, crystal, and china. Today, Empire Antiques specializes in designing exclusive, custom lighting fixtures, matchless woodworking, restoration, and distinctive upholstery services.
Store Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. Phone them at (609) 426-0820 or visit www.aaempireantiques.com.