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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.

GM's Symbiotic Relationship with the NAO Brand

-Peggy Whiteneck

It's fascinating that production of the NAO brand was suspended during GM production, and the original intent may have been that GM would become a replacement brand for NAO, whose unquestionable similarity to the regular Lladró brand seems always to have been a marketing nightmare for the Lladró company. First year GM models were taken right out of the NAO collection, where they had been produced as early as 1989. By the end of 1994, when GM was finally taken off the respirator, its first year models were folded back into the NAO collection. Several of these are still in retail production, testifying to the enduring popularity of the models themselves when presented in a form that consumers can recognize as Lladró. (See the table link below for NAO models made as Golden Memories.)

This charming miss is GM # 33013, "None for You," one of the first year GM models that is still in production as a NAO, #, "Puppy's Birthday." It's easy to see why the model remains popular.

It's my belief that one of the reasons the first year GM figurines never caught on among Lladró-product collectors was that there was nothing in the mark, other than the then little-understood DAISA copyright notice, to identify GM as a Lladró product. Even though Lladró has always made matte (unglazed) models, people were still focused on the more familiar glaze as characteristic of Lladró. The very distinctive unglazed finish and the deep pastels of the first year line weren't such that people would immediately think "Lladró" when they looked at them. This was also during the era when Lladró company marketing literature was downplaying the very existence of alternative brands within the company. Because the GM brand wasn't fully developed conceptually, it would have needed an overt connection to its parent for it to be successfully marketed, and no such connection was evident to retail consumers.

One of the very few animal models made in GM was # 3305, "Playful Bunnies." The model was also made as NAO # 1081, "Bunny Surpise," retired in that brand in 2001. (Photo by the author from her own collection.)

The phrase "From the Lladró Family of Products" was added to the mark by the second or third year, but, in the final analysis, this attribution was too little too late to resuscitate buyer interest in this unlucky brand. The line was withdrawn from production in 1994. First year GM models were nearly all recycled in the NAO brand, while second and third year models were deep-sixed entirely. Today, the value of GM-marked models among Lladró collectors is pretty much as curiosity pieces. (I even have a few in my own collection!)

Click on the "Next Page" link below to see a table of the first year GM models with their respective NAO counterparts. The listings are each and all catalog-linked.

(See Next Page for GM/NAO Table)

A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró

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

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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