Briggs Auction

1347 Naamans Creek Road, Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania 19060

About Auction House

Briggs Auction, Inc. is a four-generation, family-owned auction house. Briggs Auction was founded in 1932, and has since been in continuous operation in its current location. In the early years, we offered two auctions each week: livestock on Tuesdays and other merchandise on Fridays. At the Friday auctions, everything on hand was sold with nothing carried over. The livestock auctions were eventually abandoned, but the Friday auctions thrived. In the 1960s Robert J. Briggs took over the business from his father. Together with his wife Gail, he expanded the auction facilities to their curren...Read More
t size of over 10,000 square feet with ample customer parking. Today, each Friday auction features a wide range of items fresh the marketplace from local estates, homes, and collections with more than 1500 lots sold every week. John H. Turner, Janice Briggs Turner and William J. Briggs currently own and operate Briggs Auction.Read Less

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    All Things Peter Rabbit Available at Briggs Auction, Inc.

    Briggs Auction, Inc.’s upcoming sale will present a single-owner lifetime collection of Peter Rabbit memorabilia. The large and varied catalog includes illustrations, books, and collectibles related to the character. First imagined by Beatrix Potter in 1893, Peter Rabbit officially debuted in 1902 with the publication of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Other authors soon adapted the character to launch their own stories. These included Thornton Burgess, a prolific American author of children’s stories. Burgess’ version of Peter Rabbit was illustrated by Harrison Cady and published in comic strip form. This auction features numerous drawings of Peter Rabbit by Cady. Among the top lots is a Harrison Cady signed watercolor painting showing a dapper Peter standing by a pond while other woodland creatures jump around him. Other available illustrations show recurring friends and foes in Peter’s world, including bears, foxes, and hippos.  Several dolls and figurines depicting Thornton Burgess’ version of Peter Rabbit are also available. Many were produced by the Quaddy Playthings Manufacturing Company during the 1910s. Particularly notable is a set of three Peter Rabbit Quaddy dolls with hand-painted heads and wool clothing. Other available lots include sets of Peter Rabbit postcards, books, and club pins. Visit LiveAuctioneers to view the complete catalog and register to bid. 

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    It Was The Month Of The Dragon At Briggs Auction In July, As A Lovely Porcelain Bowl Beautifully Decorated With An Enamel Dragon Design Gaveled For $200,000

    GARNET VALLET, Pa. – Briggs Auction’s Fine Estates Auction held on July 30th featured a fine selection of antique and modern furnishings, fine art, fine porcelains, decorative arts and more. "This was a well-received auction with a wide variety of items that appealed to a broad range of bidders," said Stephen Turner, the president of Briggs Auction, Inc. “Strong prices were a good indication the industry is thriving.” This graceful porcelain dragon bowl with Yongzheng mark sold for $200,000 (including buyer's premium). The highlight of the auction was a lovely Chinese covered porcelain bowl, beautifully decorated with an enamel dragon design and a double-ring Yongzheng mark, paired with small famille rose covered teapot with a calligraphy mark. The bowl gaveled for $200,000 (all prices quoted include the buyer's premium). It was part of a collection from a direct descendant of Thomas Alexander Scott (Pennsylvania, 1823-1881). "It was very exciting," Mr. Turner said, “and gratifying to see this rare piece of Chinese decorative arts be so competitively fought over by bidders across the globe. The intense interest this small bowl generated almost from the day the auction was posted online showed us that we had an incredibly special piece on our hands. We're very happy not only for the consignor’s family, and for the bowl's new owner as well." Other items from the same collection included two early 20th century Louis Vuitton monogram steamer trunks, which realized $12,250 and $6,875; a grouping of ten Sevres porcelain cabinet plates with central floral medallions and various maker marks ($9,375); a grouping of fifteen Mintons Aesthetic Movement porcelain plates, each decorated for the Japanese market with raised gold and silver ikebana designs ($6,000); and a rare German horizontal table clock of hexagonal form, circa early 18th century, signed for Peter Krenckel, who worked as an assistant to Wilhelm Köberle in Eichstätt, Germany ($6,250). The Scott descendant collection also featured a fine assortment of antique sterling silver decorative items, to include a Scandinavian silver peg tankard with an inset Danish Coronation of Queen Caroline Mathilde medal and with a "JJE" hallmark ($10,625); a fine English…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    The Dr. Mead Shaffer Collection At Briggs Auction On Friday, September 24th

    GARNET VALLEY, Pa. - Briggs Auction is pleased to offer the Dr. Mead Shaffer collection of early American antiques on Friday, September 24th. Bidding is online only, through Briggs Auction's Bid at Briggs platform and through Live Pre-auction/absentee bids will be accepted until 10 am on the date of auction, September 24th, when real-time online bidding will begin on both platforms. Dr. Shaffer, a resident of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, is a noted preservationist, historian and collector. The auction will include Dr. Shaffer’s extensive collection of colonial and early American and regional antiques, colonial cookware, folk and decorative arts and much more. Briggs Auction has an app to make bidding easy and convenient; simply search Briggs Auction in the Apple App Store, or on Google Play. "Dr. Shaffer has been a staple in the antiques community for over forty years, and his collection is truly one to be admired," said Stephen Turner, the owner of Briggs Auction, Inc. "We are honored Dr. Shaffer chose us to handle this important and historic collection, and we hope that it will appeal to a wide range of collectors, history buffs and anyone who's looking for a piece of early America and/or local Pennsylvania.”  Dr. Shaffer grew up on a farm in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, which he later gifted to the state. It is now known as the Varden Conservation Area. In 1960, after college at Penn State and a stint in the Army as a veterinarian, he moved to Delaware County, where he opened his (still thriving) veterinary practice. Shortly after, he took up residence in a home on the circa 1721 Booth farm in Bethel Township, also known as the Garret-Booth-Cheyney House, which he relished as much for its ties to colonial America as the farmland itself. "I am obsessed with history", Dr. Shaffer said, and his collection reflects this passion. Highlights of the collection include early cupboards and cabinets, including an 18th century Pennsylvania red painted corner cupboard with star and moon decoration; a Pennsylvania blue-painted two-door cupboard with rat-tail hinges; an 18th century two-part Dutch cupboard in salmon paint with…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    The Ivo Ispani Estate Collection At Briggs Auction In June

    Square, Japanese bronze planter decorated in relief with a dragon, turtle, phoenix, and lion. Estimate: $300-$500. GARNET VALLEY, Pa. - Briggs Auction is pleased and proud to offer The Ivo Ispani Estate Collection for auction on Friday, June 18th. This exciting collection includes a vast assortment of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics, bronzes, works of art, decorative arts, antique furnishings and more. This extensive collection truly reflects Ispani's love of antiques--especially the excellence and crafts of Japan and China—that were his lifelong passion. His scholarship and love of research is inherent in the attention to detail every piece in this collection evinces, including his extensive collection of reference books that grew exponentially over the years. This carefully curated auction is a testament to his good taste and love for beautiful crafts and the workmanship 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 1970's. On one cruise to Odessa in Ukraine, he traded a pair of jeans for a Russian icon, and that first purchase sparked his interest in antiques. He left the cruise ship to work for an antique dealer in Italy where he learned and expanded his trade. He eventually made his way to the U.S., became a citizen, and continued as an antiques dealer with a reputation for integrity and honesty, and a true enjoyment of the people he met through his business, many who became lifelong friends. Highlights of the June 18 auction will include a fine Chinese carved hardwood bench with detailed cloisonne panels; a collection of Japanese Hirado-ware sake cup stands; a scholar's table screen collection; several Japanese Kano School painted screens; a collection of Japanese woodblock prints; some antique furnishings, including a beautiful Gothic carved walnut bedroom suite and a Chinese Chippendale mahogany breakfront china cabinet; a surprising collection of contemporary art, as well as a fine selection of antique paintings and prints; and of course, the extensive reference library. "He had an excellent eye for finding hidden gems, and we are incredibly honored to handle…

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    April Fine Estate Auction

    Frederick Judd Waugh was a marine painter and camouflage artist for the U.S. Navy during World War I. A member of the National Academy of Design, Waugh is best known for his dramatic depictions of crashing surf. The upcoming April Fine Estate Auction, presented by Briggs Auction, features two oil on canvas pieces from Waugh. Respectively titled Rocky Shoreline and Surf, they both show waves crashing on rocks. In the 1950s, the husband/ wife designer duo Charles and Ray Eames took on a project to design a luxury chair. Charles Eames wanted a chair with “... the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt.” The Eames Lounge Chair grew out of that vision. Unveiled in 1956 on Arlene Francis’ Home television show, the Eames lounge chair and ottoman became a popular status symbol. Offered in this sale is an Eames and Herman Miller rosewood chair and ottoman. The auction will also offer several textiles, including a room-size Heriz carpet with a center medallion. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on LiveAuctioneers.

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    Fine Estate Antiques Auction

    An American artist, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, was never inclined to use store-bought pigments; he claimed, “My hands is [sic] my brushes. The brushes die when I die.” Sudduth rarely worked with canvases or real brushes as he preferred to use his fingers to paint. He created paintings with peculiar mediums, using mixtures of earth and sugar or colors extracted from weeds and vegetables. An example of his work will be featured in the upcoming Fine Estate Antiques Auction, presented by Briggs Auction.  The sale will offer works from many other 18th and 19th century artists alongside Jimmy Lee Sudduth, including Loren Dunlap, Maria Martinez, and Jaroslav Vesin. A Bulgarian painter, Jaroslav Friedrich Julius Vesin was a prestigious artist in the 18th century who drew inspiration from his surroundings. His paintings mostly incorporated scenes from the countryside and landscape. The oil painting presented in this sale depicts gypsies in a village. Interested bidders can also find a five-piece sterling silver coffee and tea service. This complete set includes a coffee pot, teapot, sugar pot, cream pitcher, and waste bowl. View the full catalog and register for bidding on Briggs Auction.

  • Press Release
    Modern Design Sale Featuring The Adelman Collection

    Briggs Auction Inc. is excited to announce a Modern Design Auction featuring the Adelman collection of Hockessin, Del., on Friday, Sept. 13. The residence was entirely furnished with quality studio and Danish furniture, decorative and fine arts, and more. Most pieces retain the original receipts and are in excellent condition.  Shirley Adelman, a native Philadelphian, was a 1949 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She developed a keen sense of modern design and aesthetic in school and later worked for one of the first design studios in Philadelphia. She eventually obtained her interior decorating license and had lifelong love of contemporary design. Among the featured items of the Adelman collection to be sold will be a selection of George Nakashima studio furniture, such as a Claro walnut Odakyu end table, a double pedestal desk, and two special room divider cabinets. A rare set of six Finn Juhl BO 116 teak dining chairs and a Larry and Nancy Buechley studio crafted walnut sofa will also be offered. A Jorgen Hansen and Jens Thuesen for Romweber Futura bar cabinet, and a Zahara Schatz table lamp with decorated plexiglass shade are also in the sale. High-end custom-made post-modern furnishings and decorative arts from other estates round out the auction. “The Adelmans had an excellent eye for design, and we are honored to sell this collection in its entirety,” said Stephen Turner, Briggs Auction’s business development manager. A preview will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 12, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 9 a.m. The sale will start at 3 p.m. Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services.

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    Briggs Warehouse at Wayforth

    Beauty is found in unexpected places. The upcoming Briggs Warehouse at Wayforth auction offered by Briggs Auction contains many beautiful pieces of art, furniture and décor. Leading the way is a small antique boat powered by a bicycle crankshaft above two buoys. Several complete sets of China, including an eye-catching magenta and white set with gold accents from Bavaria are available. Finally, furniture of several styles awaits a new home, like a 5-piece cherrywood bedroom set from Pennsylvania House and a country-style dining table and bench. To view the remaining lots and register to bid, visit Brigg’s Auction on Bid Wrangler today.

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    Estate Antiques Auction

    This August, Estate Antique Auction is all set to elevate the quality of a variety of collection. Amid 439 lots being featured, is a flawless oil on panel from the 16th century by Pieter Bruegel (the Elder). It depicts the beauty of a floral vase with butterflies, and grasshoppers on top. Bruegel is considered as a prolific painter for his landscapes as he was a pioneer in making his subjects life-like in large paintings. Briggs Auction is also offering antique pieces that catch the eye immediately. Amongst the highlighted lots, is a rare Gesch O'neill bisque kewpie doll. It has jointed composition body and flaunts a classic red dress with white apron. Adding more value to the collection with the highest estimated value of $8000, is an 18-carat yellow gold case Parmigiani Fleurier wristwatch. Auction buyers can also bid for items such as Louis xvi-style canopy bed and champagne diamond ring which truly showcases the diversification of the selection. For more information and to find more of such items visit Live Auctioneers.

  • Press Release
    Halloween Candy For Troops, First Responders, And Volunteers

    Operation Gratitude Halloween Give-Back Campaign Underway Candy for a Cause: Donations Distributed to Deployed Troops and Local Heroes GARNET VALLEY/PENNSYLVANIA.  October 4, 2018 – Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching them the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude’s Care Package Programs for U.S. Troops, Veterans and First Responders is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists. This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude at local collection site: The Briggs Auction Showroom. The sweet treats will be included along with handwritten thank you letters in Care Packages sent to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Veterans, and to First Responders serving in their local communities. Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2017, more than 400,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s Heroes through its care package programs. “Operation Gratitude’s mission is to thank all who serve, bridging the divide between grateful Americans and the Heroes who serve and protect them,” said Kevin Schmiegel, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and CEO of Operation Gratitude. “The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.” About Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3), volunteer-based organization, annually sends 250,000+ care packages to Veterans, New Recruit Graduates, First Responders, Wounded Heroes, Caregivers, and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $50 and $100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 2.1 Million…

  • Press Release
    Pablo Picasso Wood Owl Vase to be Sold at Briggs Auction

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased to announce its Friday, September 14th auction featuring a curated collection of fine furnishings and decorative arts, including a Pablo Picasso Madoura “Wood Owl” vase, circa 1968. The vase is made of glazed earthenware clay with a wood owl decoration on a light black patina ground. It is numbered 57/500 and marked “Edition Picasso 57/500 R-146 Madoura”, “Edition Picasso”, and “Madoura Plein Feu”. Picasso’s association with Suzanne and Georges Ramié would span over 25 years but first began with a trip to the Madoura pottery workshop in 1946. Located in Vallauris, France, the Ramiés allowed Picasso full use of the studio where he used the opportunity to work with clay as a break from painting. The Ramiés went on to produce Picasso’s ceramic works for years to come. “The entire catalog is strong and well-comprised, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to catalog the wood owl,” says Stephen Turner, Director of Business Development. Purchased during a trip to Europe, the wood owl vase comes from a private Philadelphia collection. It is estimated to bring $10,000 – $15,000 USD. Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services. They are based in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. They hold frequent, public estate variety auctions on Fridays and feature a wide array of antique, modern decorator, and quality reproduction furnishings; fine and decorative arts; country antiques and primitives; fine and vintage costume jewelry; silver; fine porcelains, china, glassware, and pottery; collectibles; coins; toys; books; electronics; and discovery lots.The upcoming September 14th auction will begin at 1 p.m. Bidding is available online through Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. Live bidding will also be available in the showroom. For extensive photos, details, and exhibition times, please visit

  • Press Release
    Paul Shaub: Artistic Sensibility & Modern Design

    Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased and proud to offer at auction items from the impressive collection of furnishings, fine and decorative arts, and more amassed by Paul Shaub and his wife, artist Josephine Shaub over their lifetime. The Shaubs collected high end modern design furnishings and decorative arts in the 1960s and settled in historic New Castle, Delaware. Shaub’s life is a rich tapestry of prestigious endeavors. He won multiple prizes in the 1950s from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance and more. He has art represented in many museums including the Smithsonian Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Library of Congress. Shaub co-authored the children’s book Squeaky the Mechanical Whale with Josephine. He was the co-proprietor the The Packet Press and was a member of the American Color Print Society, The Society of American Graphic Artists and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, where he served as chairman of the Print Committee. Shaub was aslo a designer of exhibits and graphics at the Hagley Museum, a Professor and Director of Professional Studies at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, proprietor the Studio 52 in historic New Castle and a free-lance designer. Known for his wood block prints, the Collection will include original art by by both Paul and Josephine Shaub. Paul focused on seascapes and nautical themed paintings, while Josephine painted horses, birds, and the occasional still life. Other collections cultivated by the Shaubs include a large collection of corkscrews, Native American and African art, vintage tin toys, and more. A fine collection of original Shaub woodblock prints and Josephine Shaub’s original paintings will be sold Friday, September 22nd. The Shaub Collection also featured prominently in our recent September 15th Modern Design & Decorative Arts Auction.

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    Going… Going… Gone…

    Sold! Welcome to Sold! Briggs Auction’s ongoing discussion of all things auction. Each post we’ll explore different aspects of the auction, from first-time bidding, to knowing just what to bid on (and how much is maybe too much to bid), to recognizing the potential of an item with a little repurposing. Our goal is to explore the unlimited potential in making the old new again, generate excitement for the process of uncovering treasures, and even provide a few “insider” tips on how to make the auction best work for you. Have a question or topic to suggest? Leave us a comment and we’ll explore it.