El Portal Porcelana
"For People Passionate About Spanish Porcelain"
Now Out of Print
(But you can prob'ly find it on the secondary market.)
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró
Genuine Figurines & Their Marks
by Peggy Whiteneck
Deals with all Lladró brands!
For those interested in glass figurines, Fenton Art Glass Beasts, Birds & Butterflies
is another of Peggy's books!
Also for those interested in glass, Fenton Art Glass Fairy Lamps & Lights
is Peggy's latest book! It focuses on small, candle-lit "lamps" that were first used in the
Victorian era to light dark hallways before the invention of gaslight or electricity.
Again, the publisher for these works has gone out of business, but I am pursuing
other publishing options for revised and expanded editions of all three. Stay tuned! In the
meantime, you can still find advance-ordered and used copies of these books at online booksellers.
Questions About Damage and
"I think my figurine must be damaged somehow. Even
though I can't see anything wrong with it on the outside, there's this
rattling sound from inside as if something had broken loose. What's up
You'll be happy to know your figurine isn't damaged in
any way. The sound you hear is typical of fine porcelain figurines and
results from the puncturing of that tiny "steam hole" in the base, which allows
pressure to escape during firing so the item won't blow up in the
kiln. The rattling sound is made by the little "plug" of porcelain that is
dislodged in making the hole.
"Phew! Am I glad to hear that because I actually
have a Lladró that is damaged. Does it cost a lot to have a piece restored - and is it worth the cost? I sort of have
a sentimental attachment to this piece because my favorite aunt gave it to
Yes, typically restoration is quite expensive. The
least I ever paid to have a piece restored was $70, the most about $200.
And that was for damage that wasn't catastrophic. In answering the question of
whether an item is worth restoring, there are several factors to consider:
- If it's currently being produced, it will
probably be cheaper to buy a new one than to have the item restored.
- Value of the piece after restoration
- The general rule of thumb is that
a top-of-the-line restoration (one that's invisible even under blacklight)
will restore only about 75% of the value of the same piece in mint condition.
The only exception to this rule is a genuinely rare piece
otherwise unavailable in any condition. With such rarities, a
may get back 100% of the value.
- If you just want to enjoy the piece yourself and don't care
about resale, a less expensive restoration by a competent restorer may
well be enough. Just be aware that other collectors will usually not buy
a piece with visible damage - and some collectors are so "anal" even about
invisible damage that, if they have access to such facilities for the purpose, they'll
take the piece to a medical facility to have it X-rayed (the one foolproof way to detect
a topnotch invisible restoration).
- There's no discounting sentimental value -
but it shouldn't be over-rated, either! I'm sure your dear aunt
would want you to be sensible and not mortgage the family farm to
restore the exact piece she held in her own hand if you can get
the same model spanking new for less.
This little grouping of a kitten having a face-off
with a frog on a lily pad is called "Kitty
Confrontation"(#1442), still being produced at a retail price of $415 USD. The
flowerwork is what drives the price on this relatively small (3.5"H) item.
It's also the thing most vulnerable to damage. Lladró regards
the restoration of flowerwork by a competent professional, using Lladró-supplied
replacment parts, as a restoration to pristine condition (and, thus, a return to 100%
of retail value). (Photo by the author from her own collection.)
Questions on Damage & Restoration (2)
Questions on Value of "Seconds"
Value Issues with Prototypes
Questions About Authenticity
Questions About Buying & Selling
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró
by Peggy Whiteneck
Old Line Publishing, LLC
The publisher for this book has ceased publication, and I am now at work on a revised
and expanded edition, with a couple of promising leads for a new publishing option.
For the moment, then, this book will only be available on the retail market from
advance-ordered stock. You can still buy it used - but avoid the scalpers
and DO NOT PAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR THESE SECOND-HAND BOOKS! There are plenty of
reasonably priced secondary market copies still available at online book sellers. Stay tuned to
this site for future news on the revised edition!
Ever since its founding in the 1950s and its subsequent, stellar rise to global prominence,
collectors have been fascinated with the singular modeling and attention to detail in
Lladró Spanish porcelain figurines. Eventually, collectors discovered that Lladró
wasn't just one brand, but several. At the same time, other companies began to sprout up all
over Spain, particularly around Lladró's own region in Valencia, working
"in the Lladró style" and hoping to catch a ride on the tailwinds of its popularity.
This book is written to acquaint readers with retired figurines in all the Lladró and
Lladró-affiliated brands and to help distinguish them from the work of other Spanish
companies. The book features substantive chapters on the Lladró "core brand,"
NAO by Lladró, Zaphir, Golden Memories, Rosal, and Hispania, complete with
representative photos for each brand.
Retail Price: $29.95
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