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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.

Curiouser and Curiouser!
Oldest Lladró Found with Rosal Marks

by Peggy Whiteneck

Much of the model evidence I have for Rosal comes to me from collector Robert E. (Gene) Woods. Recently, he sent me a fascinating photo of what certainly looks to me to be the rare core collection "Pheasant" model #331.13, which - in the core collection - dates to 1973. There are some minor differences in coloration, but there is no apparent difference in the modeling itself. Gene's pheasant, however, bears an impressed Rosal mark (pictured on page 1 of the Rosal section of this web site).

If we could run a DNA test on porcelain, I'd wager this Rosal-marked pheasant would turn out to be an identical twin to that rare and highly sought-after early core collection Lladró #331.13. It has an impressed mark that just says Rosal. Recall that this brand was not made for export, so there was no reason to add so much as a "Made in Spain" to the simple mark. [Photo courtesy of Gene Woods]

More recently, collector Raffi Souvalian sent me pictures of his magnificent polar bear, marked with an impressed Rosal mark. This model turns out to be an identical clone of the very early core collection rarity, model #328.13.

This model #328.13 "Polar Bear" is catalogued by Lladró as a rare core collection model from 1965. This one, however, has a Rosal mark. It's probable that some of the decimal-numbered models from the 1960s were actually unmarked Rosal, which was in production for only four or five years in the early to mid 1960s. [Photo courtesy of Raffi Souvalian from his private collection]

It isn't possible, given the current state of knowledge, to definitively account for NAO and/or Rosal clones of the earliest, decimal-point-numbered models from the core collection - those Lladró models considered most rare and, consequently, most keenly sought after by collectors. It does, however, become increasingly probable that at least some of the models, among those made in the early to mid 60s, that have been traditionally listed as "decimal-point" models in the regular collection are actually early Rosal or NAO. Lladró freely admits it did not keep accurate early production records (for, as to the company's eventual fame, who knew then what we know now?). Given that reality, it would be pretty difficult to distinguish between an unmarked core collection museum piece from Lladró's earliest years and an unmarked Rosal from the same era and from which the sticker had become detached.

So what does all this mean? For my "take" on the collecting implications of these new discoveries, see this page of the web site.

So What's It All Mean?

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.

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