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.
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 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
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
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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