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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.


"I have a long-retired Lladró that's lightly crazed all over its surface. The antique dealer I bought it from said this is normal as fine porcelain ages. Did I get taken?"

I'm afraid you did. Crazing or "crackling" is a normal part of aging in some types of semi-porcelains and pottery. (English wares such as Beswick figurines and antique Staffordshire seem especially prone to it.) However, hard-paste porcelain (AKA "true porcelain"), which is the material of which Lladrós are made, should not ordinarily craze even with age. (When's the last time you saw a crazed Royal Copenhagen? You won't find many crazed Meissens, either, and the only "crackling" you'll see on most very old Chinese porcelain is a deliberate production technique called "Crackle Ware.") So if you have a Lladró with crazing, it has surely been left too close to a heat source at some time in its display life. Crazing will sometimes also result from an unsuccessful restoration.

"I bought a Lladró online, a girl playing a mandolin, and there's this really unsightly glob of yellowish glue that seems to be attaching the mandolin to the girl's body. The seller said this was applied at the factory. Could that be true?"

A restorer and at least one other person I trust in the Lladró secondary market have informed me that the factory itself does occasionally use this yellowish "gunk" (my term) to adhere decorative elements to a figurine. Subsequently, I have noticed some of this on my own items, particularly for adhering heavier elements, such as parasols, in a model's hand. In my experience, this is usually subtly enough applied as to be noticeable only upon close inspection.

"Heavenly Harpist" (#5830) was one of several "treetop" angels issued by Lladró in the 1990s, this particular model in 1991. She's worth almost $300 USD - and the lyre is seamlessly adhered to her hands and body with liquid porcelain. (By the way, these treetop angels all had an abnormally large hole at the base to accommodate the spire of a Christmas tree. But, speaking of damage, I wouldn't dare! Luckily, the bases are stable enough for free-standing display.) (Photo by the author from her own collection.)

Nevertheless, any visiblity at all of this gunk tends to be unsightly, and it is, as nearly as I can tell, indistinguishable from any other glue used in an amateur post-factory repair job. (To add insult to injury, the factory-applied yellow stuff doesn't even hold very well! Umbrellas and parasols adhered to models' hands using this substance seem especially prone to coming loose.) So I avoid any purchase on which I can detect obvious traces of this yellow substance. In my experience, most adhesions of decorative elements in Lladró and other fine porcelain are made with liquid porcelain "slip" that makes the attachment appear seamless - which is only as it should be!

General Questions on Value
Questions on Damage & Restoration (1) (2) (3)
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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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