SPANKY


Sculptor Laszlo Ispanky was born in Budapest Hungary in 1919 and was apprenticed to a sculptor when he was only 12 years old. Laslo Ispanky displayed an early and remarkable talent. In the late 1930's, he enrolled in the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts and set out to establish a reputation as one of his country's leading sculptors. Young Ispanky created historical monuments, fountains, and impressive statues throughout Hungary. But during the political turmoil of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Ispanky fled to America. Settling in New Jersey, he began to concentrate on porcelain sculpture, producing a series of exquisite figurines drawn from mythology ballet, Shakespeare and the Bible. He began his American career working for Cybis, then opened his own porcelain studio. His factory mark is a running buffalo. In 1976, Goebel acquired the studio Ispanky had established in Pennington, NJ and Ispanky continued to produce extensive work for Goebel/Hummel. He also produced ware for Lenox. (Information from Kovell's Online and Hummel Collector's Club website). Information provided by Kathy Williams.



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