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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.

Glossary of Terms in 20th Century Spanish Porcelain

A mark that appears as a colored stamp, usually applied as a paint "chip" that then opens out as the mark during kiln firing.
Sometimes used interchangeably with the term "matte" but more properly reserved to an unglazed porcelain that is completely white and unpainted
Sometimes used as a synonym for porcelain, but porcelain is actually one type among many included in the broader term "ceramic." Some ceramics are made of a soft and relatively brittle paste. Not allc eramics, then, are made of porcelain.
A shiny surface produced by the thin (usually spray-applied) application of a clear glaze
A series of Lladró sculptures by Enrique San Isidro and made of a porcelain formula that is claylike and malleable. It holds the imprint of the artist's fingers as well as the pattern of whatever textile is pressed into it as it is being worked.
A special porcelain formula characterized by matte, usually earthen-toned colors and having portions colored with enamel paints

"Repose" (#22169) is done in the Gres formula. First issued in 1987, it is being produced today at a retail price of $225 USD. Note the earthen-toned colors and the matte skin surfaces, which are typically also done in darker colors, making this formula especially well suited to the depiction of ethnic themes. (A larger picture of this item can be seen on the "Slide Show" page.)(Photo by the author from her own collection.)

Flowers applied to fine porcelain. Application is usually made with liquid porcelain or porcelain glaze so that the adhesive is invisible.
Hard-paste porcelain
As distinguished from soft-paste or semi-porcelain, "hard-paste" (so called for its durability both pre- and post-manufacture) is also called "true porcelain," the formula for which was discovered/invented in China centuries ago. The code for this formula was eventually cracked by 18th century Meissen chemists in Germany. Its key ingredients are kaolin clay and petunse stone. Today, Lladró uses basically the same ancient formula for true porcelain (with a few arcane additions of its own to the formula) and the same molding and assembly processes used by Meissen since the 18th century.
The attribution information on the base of fine porcelain, typically consisting of manufacturer's name and place of manufacture and some sort of manufacturer's logo. Marks may be inscribed (etched), embossed (raised), painted, or stamped. (See "backstamp.")
Unglazed surface (see also "Bisque")
A "one-of-a-kind" item that never went into actual production.
An item of second-quality merchandise, typically sold by high-end porcelain manufacturers at the factory of origin and usually indicated by an alteration of the mark. On Lladró, this would be the scraping off of the logo flower above the name. A common way to indicate a second at other porcelain manufactories (including Meissen and Royal Copenhagen) is through a slash or hash scratched through the mark.
Porcelain in its liquid form

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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