El Portal Porcelana
"For People Passionate About Spanish Porcelain"
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.
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This web site is copyrighted, so please do not
"cut and paste" from this site into your online auction descriptions - nor
otherwise plagiarize my work! (Yes, it should go without saying; too bad
I've had to discover it doesn't.)
El Portal Porcelana Now Search Enabled!
now search for individual items by title name or by number. (Search result
links will open in a separate
window.) To search by model name, simply place the title in quotes - for example, "Boy, Big Hat." That
will bring you to a page displaying a link for the catalog page on which that
model appears. If you know that item's number but not its name,
simply type in 182G (with no brand prefix, but make sure you use the G for NAO
porcelain items made in the regular porcelain formula).
If you do not know the name or number of your piece, you can always scroll
down to the thematic category list below to browse for your
- The search by model name will not work if there is more than
one word in the title unless unless you place
the name in quotes.
- The model number search will not work if you place a number
sign, brand name, or any other prefix before the number.
- For non-enameled Zaphir models, the number search will also
not bring you to a catalog page if you do not use the G suffix
immediately after the number. (Some items are catalog listed with a G/M suffix,
but typing just a G will bring you to those as well.)
- The letter suffix
is not required
for model numbers in Zaphir enamel.
Zaphir Catalog Introduction
There has been a persistent and growing collector demand for information
about various Lladró brands, including Zaphir (no longer in production
under that name). I'm pleased to be able to share this catalog containing everything
I know from the Zaphir line. I'll update the listings as more information becomes
available. Thanks to Helen Hurd, Lynn Wolfenden, David Ball, Larry
& Holly DeForest, Michael Danson, Sue Anderson, Lia Obee, and Carlos Abrego for catalog
picture contributions to this Zaphir catalog. Special
thanks to the late Monica L. Stewart, who was an avid collector of Lladró brands, for her invaluable assistance in
proofreading this catalog when it was first being launched. I miss her very much!
As I did with the NAO catalog, I've arranged the Zaphir models by categories for
ease of reference (see index below, with live links). It will become immediately evident that the category listing is much more
limited than that for the larger NAO collection. Some of the most popular themes in the other
Lladró brands (e.g., Clowns & Jesters, Harlequins & Dancers, and Valencian
themes) weren't produced in sufficient numbers in the Zaphir brand to
have categories of their own. I'm afraid collectors looking
for these themes will have to browse for them under other likely categories.
One of the Zaphir categories is "Enamel." This was an enamel-paint/matte hybrid
that was Zaphir's answer to the "Gres" found in the other Lladró
collections; the porcelain slip used in Zaphir is not as dark as the earth-toned
porcelain in Gres. Especially as relates to the Enamel models, readers will
note that there is (in this as in other sections of the web site catalog)
some deliberate repetition of items across categories in order to accommodate
collectors looking for items under more than one logical category.
Whenever the title of a Zaphir model is in brackets,
that means I have a catalog picture of it but no price listing that gives
me the original title. Model numbers with "G" after them refer to glazed models, "M" to matte (unglazed)
models; "G/M" means the item was made in both glazed and unglazed versions.
When Lladró closed Zaphir in or around 1982, the company brought
many of the Zaphir models then in production over into the NAO line, and I
have so indicated for individual catalog listings iwhere that was the case. The colors used in NAO models
of Zaphir originals were often different from the colors used in the original
model. Note the live cross-links in individual catalog listings wherever a picture
is provided of that same model in the other brand's catalog. These internal catalog
links will open in separate windows so that you need not be concerned about
losing your place in the catalog you are currently surfing.
Please Note: This is an information web site ONLY.
I am not involved in sales. While I very much welcome email contacts from
serious collectors or just those wanting more information on Spanish porcelain,
please do not contact me asking for sales or acquisition assistance, as those
areas are not my bailiwick.
No portion of this catalog may be
reproduced or distributed in any print or electronic venue or for other public consumption
without the express permission of Peggy Whiteneck.
Zaphir Catalog Index
Animals & Birds
Adults with Animals, Birds, or Butterflies
Decorative and Functional Items
Enamel (Gres) Figurines
Human Groupings (models with more than one figure)
Kids in Sleepwear
Kids with Animals
Kids with Birds, Butterflies, or Flowers
Kids with Their Toys
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró
by Peggy Whiteneck
Old Line Publishing, LLC
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.
The logo background and side border graphic on this site are provided courtesy
of Absolute Background Textures Archive (www.grsites.com/textures). All other
content and graphics on this site are © Peggy Whiteneck. No reproduction
of any part of this content is permitted without the express permission of the
web site author.