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.
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 Sales and
(Posted in Self-Defense!)
As I have noted several times in several places on
this site, it is an information site only, and I am not involved in sales and acquisitions. That hasn't stopped
my email from being inundated with requests for assistance and information
on how to acquire and sell particular Lladró pieces, especially in the
NAO and Zaphir brands. In self defense, then,
I'm adding a page of FAQ's on these topics to which I can refer people
instead of having to repeat myself in multiple answers to the same individual queries.
"Where can I sell my Lladró (NAO, Zaphir, Rosal, Golden
Memories, Tang, Hispania)?"
If you have a collection of retired Lladró core
brand only, you might contact Janet Hammer of A Retired Collection, who may agree
to broker your sale, particularly of very old or rare items. Janet does not deal in
NAO or any of the Lladró brands other than the regular collection. For these brands, you could try listing them on
the Lladró Trading Board at World Collector's Net. Collectors of all Lladró brands read
the WCN message Boards. A third alternative is to sell them on consignment through
a consignment shop or antique store. And, finally, there's always eBay, though
I don't recommend it unless you don't mind selling your collection at bargain basement
"Where can I buy a particular model made by Zaphir
As you're probably aware by now, or you wouldn't be
asking the question, there are no large secondary market dealers
for NAO and Zaphir as there are for regular-collection Lladró. That means
you'll have to go out on the generic secondary market to find these brands.
There are two possibilities for a targeted search. One is to surf eBay
on a regular basis for the model you're looking for. (It may take some time
to find it this way, and the key is regular searches arranged by most recent
auction additions. I should also probably advise you that I'm
not a particular fan of eBay for the purchase of fine porcelain; I get
contacted by too many
collectors who have bought counterfeit or misrepresented merchandise
on there to be entirely comfortable with recommending it as an option.) The other is to post a message on the
trading board at the World Collectors Net saying
that you're looking to acquire a particular item.
That trading board is avidly read by collectors of all of Lladró's brands.
I'm trying to sell a Lladró. On A Retired Collection,
the item sells for $550. Can I realistically expect to get that for it if
I sell it myself?
In a word, no. Janet Hammer is a well-respected
secondary-market broker with a gold-standard reputation. Private sellers
who are virtually unknown should not expect to be able to command the
prices Janet can by virtue of the quality and authenticity guarantees and
access to hard-to-find items that her business, A Retired Collection,
People looking to sell entire collections of any Lladró should realize that
the market for porcelain figurines of all makers has been soft in the present
decade. That means it's a buyer's market, so, unless you have scarce
and/or highly-sought models, you're unlikely to get top dollar for them.
I have several _______[fill in the blank with
any non-Lladró brand of Spanish porcelain] and want to add to my
collection. Where can I buy more of this brand?
These non-Lladró brands (listed on
this page here on El Portal Porcelana)
are all produced
by small, upstart companies in the Valencian region of Spain. They
produce products obviously derivative of the Lladró style but usually of
much poorer artistic quality. These companies have so little export penetration
beyond Valencia that they have little or no established collector following.
You can occasionally find them on eBay.
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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