El Portal Porcelana
"For People Passionate About Spanish Porcelain"
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.
More Questions on Value:
"I have an old Lladró item that I haven't seen
in any of the company's collector catalogs. It has the logo flower scraped off, so I just figured
it was a second and was going to put it in a garage sale. Then somebody said,
"What are you, nuts? It could be a prototype! I heard the company also
the logo off those!' If that's true, how do I tell whether what I
have is a prototype or a second?"
Your question is opportune for setting the record straight. First, the definition of a
prototype is that it is a one-of-a-kind item, never placed in production
(and, therefore, never catalogued). A color variant of a known model
is not enough to constitute a prototype (although some color variants can be
worth a lot of money in their own right). The kind of distinction we're
looking for with a prototype is an uncatalogued model (i.e.,
A mark with the famous bellflower logo scraped off would
be found on prototypic items as well as on seconds, but
this mark is far more likely to signify the latter than the former.
The process of determining whether an
item is actually a prototype is further complicated by the several brands
of Lladró products and the fact that some older Lladró-marked
items did actually go into production in one of the other brands. So
determining whether an item is really prototypic requires some
expertise and familiarity with the entire Lladró production
corpus across its several brands. You should have an expert in Lladró
look at your item to confirm that it is a prototype. Chances are far greater that you have a
second of a catalogued model than that you have a
prototype of an uncatalogued model.
"So, if I find out this is a prototype, how do
I find out what it's worth?
Prototypes are enormously difficult to price
because rarity alone isn't enough to guarantee a high value. That might seem
counterintuitive, but the problem
with the rarest items is that not enough collectors
know about them to generate a demand for them - demand
being one of the chief drivers of value.
In the case of a genuine protoype, there aren't any other
examples of the
model to which we can compare it for sales history. In such a case, the lack of
demand can all but cancel out the rarity advantage. Some models (e.g., animal models, just by cirtue of their independent thematic popularity) can stand on their own merits. Other items of a more
non-descript nature (e.g., a girl sitting on a rock with her hands folded in her lap)
can be a tough sell even if they're prototypic.
I would recommend that
you not try to dispose of this item on your own (as I take it you might yet be
willing to do, as you were ready to put it in a yard sale) but get a
knowledgeable broker or auctioneer to represent you who can generate
sufficient "buzz" about the item over a long enough time to create some
collector demand for it.
Thoughts for the Day...
Value's about keeping value in
You'll know you're really a collector at heart (as opposed to a market investor) when you
can honestly say you'd enjoy your collection just as much if it weren't worth a plug
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,
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
General Questions on Value
Questions on Value of "Seconds"
Questions on Damage & Restoration (1)
Questions About Authenticity
Questions About Buying & Selling
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