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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.

Not to Be Confused with Nadal

Yes, you read that right! In one of the Lladró company's own books, The Magic World of Porcelain (Barcelona, Spain: Salvat Editores,SA, 1989: p. 24), the Lladró brothers are said to have worked for a company named "Nalda." For a long time, I was convinced this must have been a typographical error misrendering the brand name "Nadal," a theory that was reinforced for me when I looked at the style of the Nadal figurines (see Nadal page this site) and noted how very close it is to the Lladró style.

Subsequently, alert collector Teresa Schmitt discovered that there really was a separate porcelain-producing company with the name "Nalda." She referred me to the Nalda web site, which, at that time, was entirely in Spanish; company information in this article is taken from my translation of information on that earlier web site. (The company has since revamped its web pages and collectors will now find an English language version.)

A Nalda figurine showing stylistic affinities with Lladró but not really possible to say who influenced whom. Certainly, the aesthetic and technique of this figurine don't take as many risks as Lladró does; note the coarse, out-of-scale modeling of the stalks in the wheat bundle. (Photo by Teresa Schmitt from her own collection.)

Nalda was founded in 1915 (and is still in business today!) to make porcelain electrical insulators and other electrical porcelain applications. But, around 1935, the Nalda company had made a foray into decorative porcelain figurine production, which it ceased around 1972 in order to return to its original mission of commercial porcelain production. This chronology is consistent with the years (early 1940s) that, according to the Lladró source mentioned above, the teen-aged Lladró brothers would have worked for a company named "Nalda."

The pictures on this page were provided by Teresa Schmitt from an item in her own collection. The facial close-up certainly shows affinity with the style that would later come to be associated with Lladró, although it lacks something of the characteristic delicacy of Lladró.

However, one can't tell from the mark whether the figurine pictured here is from the 1930s or from the 1970s; thus, one can't say with any certainty in which direction the aesthetic influences would have flowed, whether from Nalda to the Lladró sculptures or from Lladró to later Nalda sculptures.

At left, the mark from the base of Teresa's Nalda. The bottom line reads "Manufactured in Spain." (The smudge is in the mark, not the photo. Courtesy of Teresa Schmitt.)

There are very few Nalda figurines found on today's secondary market, leaving them virtually without a collector following and nearly impossible to price. The quality on these is variable, and I've seen at least one example that I thought was surpassing awful, so collectors are advised to exercise aesthetic good judgment in making purchasing decisions. Today, Nalda is of interest primarily for the connection this company had to the early work history of the young Lladró brothers.

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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