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Latest Lladró Book!

A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró ;
Genuine Figurines & Their Marks

by Peggy Whiteneck
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More Questions on Value:
Assessing "Prototypes"

"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 scrapes 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., shape/form).

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 perspective.

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 nickel.


Now Available!
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró

by Peggy Whiteneck
published by
Old Line Publishing, LLC
Hampstead, Maryland

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