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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.

The Hispania Company

-Peggy Whiteneck

This Hispania leopard cub is one of several nearly lifesize items made in the Hispania collection under Lladró's ownership in the decade of the 1980s. (It measures a foot high and a foot long!) Note the uncharacteristic use of primary colors. (Photo by the author from her own collection.)

Hispania was more than just another brand; it was an actual company, one of several with which the budding Lladró brothers were associated beginning in the 1940s. (The brothers sold Hispania products, along with their own, in their first shop.) The Hispania company was founded in 1941 and was most noted for its production of earthenwares and majolica, primarily decorative items such as vases, frames, planters, and the like. After the Lladró brothers became successful, they bought out their old collaborator and tried to make a "go" of it throughout the decade of the 80s before closing it in 1989.

These Hispania "centerpieces" that date from Lladró's ownership of Hispania would have been typical of the types of decorative housewares this company made throughout its history. (Photo from a Hispania catalog of the 1980s.)

Under Lladró's ownership, the Hispania corpus included several quite large animals, of a scale to which traditional porcelain is unsuited but that can be done in earthenware. (One of these dogs, a model of a seated Great Dane, measures almost three feet tall!) However, the staple of the brand remained its decorative wares.

It is virtually impossible to set values on Hispania wares; they don't appear to have had much market penetration beyond Spain and are little known to collectors. The animal models can be expected to be as popular as animal models in pottery and porcelain usually are, however, and mint examples of the nearly-lifesize Hispania menagerie are usually not lacking for bidders on those rare occasions when they appear on eBay®. The one caveat I would have for collectors is a caution about condition. The animals are thinly potted in a not-very-durable ceramic formula and are thus vulnerable to damage. Their extraordinary delicacy relative to their size is likely to make surviving examples in mint condition increasingly scarce over time.

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. Includes revised and expanded content, including 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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