Works from renowned local artist up for auction

TRENTON, N.J. - October 6, 2010

Sir Laszlo Ispanky of Hopewell Township died this summer at the age of 90, leaving behind more than 500 pieces that are now up for auction.

"Basically it's his life's work since he arrived here in 1956 from Hungary," said Gene Pascucci of Empire Antiques.

Ispanky worked in several media including porcelain, bronze and oil. His pieces are in some of the finest museums in the world.

"He's worked for presidents, kings, and he was knighted Sir Laszlo Ispanky by the Knights of Malta," said Pascucci.

One of the most impressive pieces is a 1200 pound, 8x9 foot bronze sculpture Ispanky created almost 40 years ago.

"He was commissioned by Golda Meir in 1971 to make it and never got it to Israel for many unknown reasons," Pascucci said."

There will be items that could go as low as $10 and there will be other items that could go into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Ispanky is considered the last of the great designers from the era when Trenton was known for porcelain production. He had his own company but also over the years designed for Cybis, Lennox and Goebel.

The auction begins at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at Empire Antiques in Hightstown.

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