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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.

Questions About Sales and Acquisitions
(Posted in Self-Defense!)

Preliminary Observations

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. Another 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 prices.

"Where can I buy a particular model made by Zaphir or NAO?"

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 several Lladró Facebook pages saying that you're looking to acquire a particular item. You can find those pages by typing Lladró in the facebook search field.

I'm trying to sell a particular Lladró model. 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, can offer. 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.

Questions on Value of "Seconds"
Value Issues with Prototypes
Questions on Damage & Restoration (1) (2) (3)
Questions About Authenticity

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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