Lladro - A Porcelain Marvel

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Humble Beginnings
The first Lladró figurines can be traced back to 1953 to a small workshop in the rural village of
Almácera, Spain near Valencia. Three brothers: Juan, José and Vincente Lladró founded the
company. Besides the figurines that define the company now, the brothers crafted jugs, vases and
decorative plates. A Professional Training School, the Grant Centre for the City of Porcelain, was
founded in 1962 to train the next generation of craftsman.
International Expansion
Starting in 1965, the company expanded beyond Spain when North Americans traveling to Spain
started to import the figurines. In 1988, the Lladró Museum and Gallery was opened in New York City
and distribution to Australia began. In 1997, a Lladró Centre was opened in Beverly Hills on Rodeo
Drive. The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas saw a Lladró Centre open in 1999. In 2000,
Sydney Australia was the site of another stand alone Lladró Centre.
Logo Evolution
Changes to any logo are important to a collector because they help to identify the age of a piece. In
the beginning, the Lladró brothers personally signed their names to their work. These signatures were
incised. The first logo was a representation of the Greek sculpture called "Winged Samothrace". As
the company evolved and expanded internationally, the next logo was a stylized version of the
bellflower, local to the region, along with an ancient chemical symbol and the Lladró name below it. In
the 1960's, the word "Spain" was added. The marks during this time were standardized and incised.
Adding the word "Spain" was precipitated by the increased role exporting was playing to the
company. By the 1970's, a trademark was developed; the familiar blue stamp. In 1974, the accent
over the "o" was added. In 1986, the chemical symbol and the typeface were simplified. Using this
information, a collector can look at a piece and get an idea of its age.
Building Loyalty
Early on, Lladró understood the value of cultivating loyal customers. In 1985, The Collectors Society
was created for customers to interact through events and communications from the company. At a
variety of events, in a number of countries, over 100,000 avid collectors continue to meet and share
their passion. In 2001, a new level of membership was introduced - Lladró Privilege and a more
exclusive Gold level. For a yearly membership fee, Lladró aficionados receive updates on the latest
news from the company and are invited to participate in social and cultural events at venues around
the world. In 2005, Lladró sponsored a team in the 32nd Americas Cup sailing regatta. Privilege Gold
Members were invited to join a VIP boat, have access to the team headquarters and more behind-
the-scenes perks.
Pay attention to marks. If they are not in line with the evolution of the logo, it may be a fake. Lladró
figurines are known for their unique facial characteristics. It is one of the attractions to these
collectibles. Authentic Lladrós do not use black to outline the eyes, brows and lids. If these areas are
outlined in black, it is likely a fake. The company also started a more modest line called Nao, which
should not be confused with the Lladró line.
Most Valuable
Fewer matte glazes were produced, so they are more valuable. Very early Lladrós (1950's - 1970's)
had a creamy finish and command steep prices. Early on, the company understood the importance of
creating limited editions and retiring designs, which creates scarcity that increases the value. In 1982,
The Sculptures series was introduced but with a very few produced again increasing their value.
Any damage reduces the value considerably. Look for damage on any of the protruding areas (hands,
arms etc) or the delicate flowers.
Lladrós are sealed with one of three finishes: a high gloss, matte glaze and "gres" finish.
The importance of Lladró craftsmanship is evident in the fact that Lladró creations are included in the
permanent collections of the Brussels Royal Museum of Art and History, The Hermitage Museum in
Saint Petersburg, Russia and the Modern Art Museum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Lladró Today
From the small workshop in a rural village, the company has expanded to over 2,000 people working
for the company today. Fine porcelains by Lladró are sold in over 100 countries in more than 4,000
retail locations. Retired Lladrós can be found on ebay and at antique shops.

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