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 Fenton books has gone out of business, but I am pursuing
other publishing options for revised and expanded editions. Stay tuned! In the
meantime, you may still find advance-ordered and used copies of these books, along with my
earlier books on Lladó, at online booksellers.
Lladró's "Core Collection"
- Peggy Whiteneck
When Lladró first began to use the expression "core collection," it
meant anything produced in its primary porcelain formula, this usage intended
to distinguish the regular porcelain from Gres, a more earth-toned semi-porcelain
the formula for which - like all of Lladró's porcelain formulas - is
top secret. However, I have found the term "core collection" more useful to describe any item
whose mark consists mainly of "Lladró" and "Hand Made in Spain." This includes
not only the Gres formula, but also "Goyescas," a series sculpted by
Enrique San Isidro and of a material that is more malleable in its
prefired state than is regular porcelain and whose claylike consistency holds the
imprint of the artist's fingers.
Lladró is famous for its flowerwork. The petals on
this item (above right), serial #1444G, "Kittens in a Basket with Flowers," are all individually
made and assembled into flowers, then bunches of flowers. The process is
understandably labor-intensive, and flowerwork adds to the cost of any
Lladró. This model is still being produced and retails for a
whopping $625 (USD) - though I was lucky enough to find this one on the
secondary market for much, much less! (Photo by the author.)
What Makes Lladró Great?
I took this closeup of "Charlie the Tramp"
(AKA, in a literal translation from the Spanish, "The Eternal Poet," #5233G)
to show you the fine detail in the face painting. Note the use of muted
colors for the eyebrows and lashes, the faint suggestion of a moustache.
This subtlety is characteristic of Lladró's face painting. (A larger
version of this picture can be seen on the "Slide Show" page.)
(Photo by the author from her own collection.)
Because I sort of "wrote the book" on it (see ordering info below),
I won't be saying much more about the core collection on this web site
except as it relates to its sometimes complex and convoluted relationship
with other Lladró brands. Those wishing
more information on specific core collection figurines are encouraged to check out the
Lladró company web site or the web site for
A Retired Collection, Janet Gale Hammer's fabulous site devoted
exclusively to retired Lladró and probably the best thing on the Web
for those looking for individual core collection figurine identification.
But I'd be remiss if I didn't at least list some of the
things that make Lladró great, placing it head and shoulders above
its Spanish competitors:
- Finely detailed modeling
- Delicate facial painting
- Amazing flowerwork
- Broadly inclusive themes (ethnic and international)
- Dynamism and fluidity (a sense of impending movement)
- Technical risk (pushing the medium to its farthest limits).
At Last - A New Lladró Book!
The Lladró Guide; A Collector's Reference to Retired Porcelain Figurines in Lladró Brands
My most recent Lladró book has revised and expanded content and
remains the only book in print on this topic that isn't just a catalog. Covers all Lladró and
Lladró-affiliated brands (regular collection, NAO, Zaphir, Golden Memories,
Hispania, Rosal, and Tang) and tells how to distinguish them from imitations and counterfeits.
Revised and expanded content includes
many new photos and a new chapter on future directions for collectors and the company now that it has
passed from family hands. The book is in hard cover, which eliminates
that annoying curl-up that happens with paperback books. You can order the book directly from the publisher, Schiffer Books,
or from your favorite bookstore using the ISBN 13 number 978-0764358395.
Warning: If you're looking for a catalog
of every retired figurine Lladró ever made, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for beautiful, full-color photos of
representative models and more in-depth and well-researched
information about Lladró and its history and production than you can get in thumbnail photos with captions,
this book is what you're looking for.
Retail Price in Hardcover: $45