"More on Identical Models Found with Multiple Marks!"
Recently, I was contacted by a collector by the name of Jose Juan Nadal Cuesta, who
has an amazing collection of some of the oldest NAO models but with various marks.
This includes a complete collection of all the early cat models, all the early
stylized dove models, an entire early rabbit collection, and both the early dog with and without snail models. His collection
includes some models that I never knew existed, including a reclining
cat from the very earliest NAO cats ever made and a double model of
the stylized doves that I had never seen before.
Because of the extensive nature of this collection, I felt it was worth an entire page
of its own on this web site, and I'm extremely grateful to Jose Nadal for providing all
the photos seen on this page together with explanatory titles. (See also this
Rosal page for a
photo of a squirrel model from Jose's collection.)
All the single model doves in this photo
are known to have been made with both impressed NAO and impressed regular
Lladró marks. The double model, however, is one I'd never seen before Jose sent me this
For the doves, the marks are an impressed Lladró and impressed NAO. For the collection of cats, note that the reclining cat had previously
been unknown to me, and Jose's could well be the only complete set of these cats in existence.
The marks are as follows: impressed NAO, Tang, and no mark at all - not even a country of
origin. These last were probably marked with original paper labels that may have been either
Lladró or Tang.
In this photo, there are five distinct models
in the series. Although I had previously seen a photo of
the curled up cat from another source, the reclining cat at lower right is new to me.
(Photo courtesy of Jose Juan Nadal Cuesta.)
One of the dogs with snail is marked with a blue and white paper Lladró label, which
could also account for some items that have shown up, both in Jose's collection
and elsewhere, with no mark at all but that are obviously made by Lladró.
The rabbits, of which there are five distinct models in this pjoto, are likewise perhaps the only complete collection of these models known.
One is marked with a blue backstamp "Made in Spain." For the stretching rabbit shown at the lower
left of the photo, note that another collector has
a very similar version with a green
Zaphir backstamp (but with both ears laid against the animal's back vs. one ear raised
in Jose's model). All of the rabbits on the lower
row of the photo are very similar, if not identical, to very early catalogued versions
with decimal-point serial numbers in the regular Lladró collection. (The left-right
orientation appears opposite, but this could be a function of Lladró's cataloguing photography,
which is notorious for reversing photographic negatives in its publications.)
Dog with Snail in both matte (left) and glazed
versions and the paper Lladró label on one of them.
Jose's collection of matte and glazed rabbits with various Lladró brand marks. These
are similar to old models found in the regular collection, and a variant version of the rabbit
at lower left of the photo has also been found with a Zaphir mark. (Photo
courtesy of Jose Juan Nadal Cuesta.)
As previously shown in
a dog model from Jose Luis Gonzalez's
Jose's Nadal's collection proves that items marked with a blue Made in Spain backstamp
may actually be Tang. Jose Nadal's collection also shows that
unmarked items may be either Tang or even early regular collection Lladró from which paper
stickers have gone missing. (Some of them may also be
Rosal, as we know that Lladró
conceived of that brand for a specific competitive purpose and did not
expect to keep it in production very long; consequently, the company marked
many items in that brand with paper labels though they can also occasionally be found with
impressed brand name marks.)
In this photo of a little girl holding a cat, the item is marked with a Tang
sticker that would easily have come loose from such items; the under-base is
marked simply "Made in Spain" in a cobalt blue backstamp. (Photo courtesy of Jose Juan Nadal Cuesta.)
It would have made little sense to have produced the models simultaneously with different marks,
so, based on that logic, it has been my assumption that the marks represent some kind of
chronological and evolutionary sequence in Lladró brands. However, it remains unclear
what that sequence was and which of the brands came first.