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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.

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.

MORE FAQS ON DAMAGE AND RESTORATION

"Does damage really affect value that much?"

Most definitely! I suppose someone might argue that the "real" collectors would be the ones who take pity on and adopt all the ones with boo-boos! But on the planet where most of us live, serious collectors won't touch a piece they know to be damaged as long as they think they can get the same piece in perfect condition.

This is a rare model of an early Lladró "Hunting Dog" from 1963. It was damaged when I bought it, but I made an exception to my rule of not buying damaged peices because its rarity made it worth restoring. This early model has an amazing dynamism about it, and the eyes on the dog are eerily asymmetric, as would be the case with a real dog. Every time I look at it, I half expect it to glide away. (Photo by the author.)

"What about manufacturing defects?"

Collectors are generally much less troubled by manufacturing defects than by damage. The less obvious the production flaw, the easier it is for a collector to overlook it.

"I have a Lladró model of an elegant lady carrying flowers whereon the arm is actually starting to separate from the body. There's this big jagged crack running down the joint where the arm joins the torso, and it looks like a manufacturing defect and not at all like a hairline fracture."

That's a firing crack - a production flaw that seems to happen fairly frequently. The one you describe sounds serious enough to be unsightly as well as to leave the figurine vulnerable to actual damage if it should happen to get so much as tapped the wrong way. If you bought it through an authorized dealership, take it back and ask them to replace it.


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General Questions on Value
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A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró

by Peggy Whiteneck
published by
Old Line Publishing, LLC
Hampstead, Maryland

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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