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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 Fenton books has gone out of business, but I am pursuing other publishing options for revised and expanded editions. Stay tuned! In the meantime, you may still find advance-ordered and used copies of these books at online booksellers.


"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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At Last - A New Lladró Book!

The Lladró Guide; A Collector's Reference to Retired Porcelain Figurines in Lladró Brands

My most recent Lladró book has revised and expanded content and remains the only book in print on this topic that isn't just a catalog. Covers all Lladró and Lladró-affiliated brands (regular collection, NAO, Zaphir, Golden Memories, Hispania, Rosal, and Tang) and tells how to distinguish them from imitations and counterfeits. Revised and expanded content includes many new photos and a new chapter on future directions for collectors and the company now that it has passed from family hands. The book is in hard cover, which eliminates that annoying curl-up that happens with paperback books.You can order the book directly from the publisher, Schiffer Books, on Amazon, or from your favorite bookstore using the ISBN 13 number 978-0764358395.

Warning: If you're looking for a catalog of every retired figurine Lladró ever made, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for beautiful, full-color photos of representative models and more in-depth and well-researched information about Lladró and its history and production than you can get in thumbnail photos with captions, this book is what you're looking for.

Retail Price in Hardcover: $45

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