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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.

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.

Zaphir Porcelain:
What's It Worth?

This question is always difficult to answer because relatively little is known among the collecting public about the Zaphir brand and its connection to Lladró. Valuation is complicated, then, by the need to educate the secondary market about the brand itself. Zaphir's creation by Jose Puche, a regular collection Lladró sculptor, as well as its chronlogical precedence over the NAO models that were later made from Zaphir models, should logically serve to enhance Zaphir's value over time as collectors become more familiar with it.

This model was made in two forms, the regular porcelain finish (right, #683) and a special hybrid finish (left, #683B) consisting of matte skin, enamel-paint clothing, and glazed rock (on which she's seated). Both versions were among the models that were later transferred into NAO production when the Zaphir brand was closed. The hybrid #683B version was, in both brands, retired earlier than the regular porcelain version. The regular version was finally retired in the NAO brand in 2001 at a last retail price of $170. Value of the regular #683 with either mark is about $200, of #683B about $225-$250. The flowerwork in the girl's hand is unusual for the NAO collection, where a deliberate attempt to keep the price points low would be undercut by the added expense of flowerwork. (Photo scanned from a 1978 Zaphir retail catalog.)

At the same time (as with the NAO collection and its symbiotic relationship to the core collection), there were several models that were unique to Zaphir and thus not produced for any other brand or collection. This makes it a potentially attractive brand for Lladró collectors seeking to diversify their collections with another Lladró brand that will generally be more affordable than comparable models in the regular Lladró collection.

It would seem that the best way to go about establishing values for Zaphir models is to refer to the last retail price on the item (which I happen to know for much of the Zaphir collection and have posted in the Zaphir catalog on this site because I also have an original 1981 Zaphir price list in my possession) and, beyond that, to use the modest (at least to date) appreciation on the NAO brand as a secondary market yardstick for Zaphir.

Click on the catalog link on the left border graphic of this page to be brought to the Zaphir catalog, in which I do suggest values based on my own knowledge and expertise in the field, though others should feel entirely free to argue with me. :o)

Zaphir "Clones" of Core Collection Items

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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