El Portal Porcelana
"For People Passionate About Spanish Porcelain"
Now Out of Print
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.
Buying Tips: Caveat Emptor!
Dangers for collectors
to watch out for on the secondary market include the following:
- Counterfeits -
Have bogus marks that are the wrong color (a sort
of purplish blue instead of the vivid cobalt of the genuine backstamp)
and that have strange curlicues where things like the ® mark over
the "o" in "Lladró" should be.
- Seconds -
- All porcelain factories make them - even Meissen did!
Lladró's are distinguished by the scraping off of the Spanish
bellflower logo on the mark that should appear centered above the
name (see photo). Value is substantially affected by a missing
logo flower. Perfectly good items sold through Lladró outlets in New
York state and Williamsburg, Virginia also have the logo scraped off. Also, in a
sort of Faustian bargain Lladró struck with defendants in a lawsuit against so-called
"gray market" dealers in current issues Lladró (i.e., deealers operating outside
Lladroó's "authorized" network of dealers), the courts determined that gray
market dealers were allowed to continue selling retail Lladró as long as such
dealers also scraped the logo flower amd/or other parts of the mark off the base. The
upshot of all this is that it's vritually impossible to tell whether an items with an altered
mark hasbeen rejected at the factory as a second quality piece or whether it used to be a perfectly
good first quality piece with the logo removed by a Lladró outlet or a gray market
dealer. Because of this ambiguity, serious collectors avoid items with scraped marks.
This 1989 Christmas bell
is difficult to find and
commands strong prices on the secondary market. Not this particular
example, though - not with that scraped off bell-flower logo that should
appear centered above the name. (Photo by the author.)
- Rare "prototypic" items -
- Things that never went into production
and are usually one of a kind samples sometimes sold at the factory. This
is the one exception to the rule when it comes to the missing logo
flower because it's also missing on prototypes! Unlike the seconds and outlet purchases, these are considered highly
desirable and very valuable, but it does take some time and experience
to be able to tell a prototype from a second - or from items that actually
did go into production, but in another Lladró brand called
NAO. (See Items Known to Have Been Produced Under Both
- Damaged items -
- Unless the item is old and very difficult to find,
these are not a good investment. Places to watch for damage include
delicate projecting parts such as flowerwork and hands and fingers on human models. Flowerwork
damage is an exception to the rule for depressed value after restoration; Lladró itself
regards a restoration by a competent retorationist using Lladr#243-supplied flower parts
as a restoration to pristine condition. For other missing parts, though (e.g., hands, arms, feet, etc.),
the restorer will have to reconstruct from scratch, and these items will almost always
look as if they have been restored.
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.
Retail Price: $29.95
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