El Portal Porcelana
"For People Passionate About Spanish Porcelain"
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.
AND EVEN MORE FAQS ON DAMAGE
"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)
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.
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