The Ivo Ispani Estate Collection of Asian Fine Art and Antiques

Garnet Valley, PA, United States, May 17, 2021 – Briggs Auction is pleased and proud to offer the Ivo Ispani Estate Collection for auction on Friday, June 18. This exciting collection includes a wide assortment of Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics, bronzes, works of art, decorative arts, antique furniture and more.

This vast collection truly reflects Ispani’s love for antiques – especially the excellence and craftsmanship of Japan and China – which has always been his passion. His scholarship and love of research are inherent in the attention to detail that each piece in this collection bears witness to, including its extensive collection of reference books which has grown exponentially over the years. This carefully curated auction is a testament to his good taste and love for fine crafts and the work of others, and in a way it all started with a pair of jeans.

Ispani began his career as a waiter on cruise ships in the 1970s. While cruising in Odessa, Ukraine, he traded a pair of jeans for a Russian icon, and this first purchase sparked his interest in antiques. He left the cruise ship to work for an antique dealer in Italy where he learned and developed his trade. He eventually traveled to the United States, became a citizen, and continued as an antique dealer with a reputation for integrity and honesty, and genuine pleasure in the people he met through his business, many of whom are became longtime friends.

Highlights of the June 18 auction will include a Chinese carved hardwood bench with detailed cleavage panels; a collection of Hirado-ware Japanese sake cup holders; a collection of tabletop screens from a scholar; several screens painted by the Japanese school of Kano; a collection of Japanese woodblock prints; some antique furniture, including a beautiful Gothic carved walnut bedroom suite and a Chippendale Chinese mahogany cabinet; a surprising collection of contemporary art, as well as a fine selection of old paintings and engravings; and of course, the extensive reference library.

“He had an excellent eye for finding hidden gems, and we are extremely honored to manage this collection in its entirety,” says Stephen Turner, owner of Briggs Auction, Inc. “We miss his presence in the industry, and we Hope this auction will inspire new and seasoned collectors to keep its spirit alive and hopefully rekindle their own passion for these pieces. “

Auctions for this auction will be fully online through Briggs Auction’s Bid At Briggs platform and through Live Auctioneers. Pre-auction / no-show online submissions will be accepted until the live, online-only auction begins at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 18.

The in-person preview will be available by appointment only on Wednesday June 16 and Thursday June 17, by appointment only. Please call 610.566.3138 or email [email protected] to schedule.

For more information, please contact Briggs Auction, Inc. Phone: 610.566.3138 | Email: [email protected] |

Leah Stevens, Marketing Director
Briggs auctions
1315 Naamans Creek Road.
Garnet Valley, PA 19060
[email protected]

Briggs Auction, Inc. is a four-generation, family-owned auction house located in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area that offers online auctions, real estate appraisal services, and real estate auctions for estates, downsizers , etc. Their bimonthly Discovery auctions feature over 1,000 lots of antique furniture and renowned brands, decorative and fine arts, fine and costume jewelry, silver, collectibles, pieces from coins, toys, tools, household items, real estate vehicles, etc. The Fine Estates monthly auctions feature the finest 18th and 19th century and mid-century modern furniture, period and contemporary decorative arts, fine art and sculpture, fine china, fine jewelry, money, etc. Visit for the full auction schedule and details.

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