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Latest Lladró Book!

A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró ;
Genuine Figurines & Their Marks

by Peggy Whiteneck
Deals with all Lladró brands!

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For those interested in glass figurines, Fenton Art Glass Beasts, Birds & Butterflies is another of Peggy's recent books!

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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.

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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 Marks).


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.

Now Available!
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró

by Peggy Whiteneck
published by
Old Line Publishing, LLC
Hampstead, Maryland

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
S & H: $5.95

Also available through any bookseller by ISBN number 13: 978-0-9845704-6-1.


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