El Portal Porcelana
"For People Passionate About Spanish Porcelain"
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 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.
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
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