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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.

My All-Time Favorite Spanish Porcelain (and Other) Web Links

A Retired Collection
This is the web site for Janet Hammer of A Retired Collection. Janet is the foremost broker of hard-to-find secondary market Lladró in the United States. If she doesn't have it, I don't know who does! She has a sterling reputation and is utterly ethical and trustworthy. I have purchased items from her and highly recommend her. Her site also includes an invaluable list of porcelain restoration artists. (Click on the "Site Map" link at the bottom of her home page, then click on "Restoration Artists." This extensive list includes web site links for restorationists who have them.)

Biggs Ltd
Biggs has been an authorized Lladró dealer for more than 30 years! Based in Richmond, VA, the company is a great source for current-issue Lladró and NAO by Lladró. (Always nice to see an authorized dealer carrying both!) The web site's Lladró pages are attractive and well organized in thematic categories of figurine. Also see the next link for the company's Lladró blog!

Biggs Ltd's Lladró Blog
This blog from Biggs Ltd features lots of great information on recent production developments at Lladró, including a warm review of my book, A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró!

World Collector's Net Lladró Message Board
World Collector's Net, which originates in the UK, sponsors a number of message Boards, including two for Lladró, one for Trading and one for Discussion. The link here will bring you to the Trading Board, from which you can click on a link to the Discussion Board. You can find invaluable information on both pages. This is a great deal of fun and an opportunity to interact with collectors of Lladró products from all around the world! Pop-up ads on the site can be extremely annoying and it doesn't seem to be able to cache threads in any permanent manner as they tend to disappear over time, but, at its best, this Board is worth the trouble.

Official Lladró Web site
This is the company web site for Lladró. Has lots of attractive bells and whistles, though it can be a bit difficult to navigate. Worth spending some time with to familiarize yourself with the locations on the site for various types of information, including a full online picture catalog of all known and catalogued Lladró core collection items.

Official Nao by Lladró Web Site
This is the Lladró company's web site for NAO porcelains. It only features items in the current retail catalog, and removes items from the online catalog as soon as they are retired, so, unfortunately, the site itself isn't much help to collectors looking for information about retired items. However, the staff that maintains the site is very helpful and is occasionally able to assist in identification of retired items.

Montinas, an authorized Lladró Dealership in Spain
An authorized dealer in Spain for more than 35 years, this company also has retired Lladró. Some of you may know "Xavi" from Montinas, who has been very helpful with information to collectors over the years (e.g., on the World Collectors Net Discussion Board listed above). I thought it would be useful to some European collectors, in particular, to have a link to this very reputable dealer in Spain.

Leak Enterprises (Fine Porcelain Restoration)
Jody (Joanne) Leak is my all-time favorite restoration artist for Spanish and other fine porcelains. (She also restores pottery and other materials in objets d'art.) I have had her do invisible restorations on a couple of my rare or hard-to-find Lladró pieces. This type of restoration is expensive but absolutely seamless: it's invisible both to the naked eye and under blacklight. Nobody does it better than Jody! Even though I live in Vermont and she works in Florida, I still prefer her work.

All Write, Already (My Writing Business)
I'm a writer by profession, and this is the site I've designed to promote my own writing business. The various writing samples on the site include a section on antiques and collectibles (to be periodically updated), including an article on "Buying Safe and Smart at Internet Auction" that some readers of "El Portal Porcelana" may also find interesting.

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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