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Now Out of Print


Latest Lladró Book!

A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró ;
Genuine Figurines & Their Marks

by Peggy Whiteneck
Deals with all Lladró brands!

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For those interested in glass figurines, Fenton Art Glass Beasts, Birds & Butterflies is another of Peggy's recent books!

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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.

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Now Available!
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró

by Peggy Whiteneck
published by
Old Line Publishing, LLC
Hampstead, Maryland

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 Lladó'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
S & H: $5.95

You can order a signed copy from me, a copy direct from the publisher, or order it from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com (or through any bookseller by ISBN order #13: 978-0-9845704-6-1.) See below for a handy pull-down menu of some direct links to ordering sources! [Be sure to click on the "Go!" button!]

Also available through any bookseller by ISBN number 13: 978-0-9845704-6-1.

El Portal Porcelana Now Search Enabled!

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Users can now search for individual items by title name or by number. (Search result links will open in a separate window.) To search by model name, simply place the title in quotes - for example, "Boy, Big Hat." That will bring you to a page displaying a link for the catalog page on which that model appears. If you know that item's number but not its name, simply type in 182G (with no brand prefix, but make sure you use the G for NAO porcelain items made in the regular porcelain formula).

Troubleshooting notes:
  • The search by model name will not work if you do not place the name in quotes.
  • The model number search will not work if you place a number sign, brand name, or any other prefix before the number.
  • For non-Gres NAO and non-enameled Zaphir models, the number search will also not bring you to a catalog page if you do not use the G suffix immediately after the number. (Some items are catalog listed with a G/M suffix, but typing just a G will bring you to those as well.)
  • The letter suffix is not required for model numbers in NAO Gres, Zaphir enamel, and models in Golden Memories or Hispania.
If you don't know the name or the number of the model, you can, as always, scroll down to the theme category links at the bottom of each catalog introduction page to find your figurine/ornament. Please also note that there is, at the bottom of this home page, a search function for regular Lladró-marked items that links directly to the excellent catalog at Janet Hammer's web site, A Retired Collection.

Your Spanish Porcelain
Information Web Site

(Web site last updated 2/15/14)

I've just finished updating the NAO catalog on El Portal Porcelana to include not only the newest releases but also the names of the sculptors for each item listed in the catalog. I've also updated my estimated values on individual items. Those of you who have been following this site for awhile will note that, in many cases, this has meant revising values downward from where they were when I originally launched this catalog. The collectibles market has been "soft" for more than a decade now (which is not to say it won't heat up later!), and, in the current economy, I just don't think the market will support prices on recent-issue NAO that rival those for Lladró's regular collection. The most valuable items on the secondary market include, as always, the oldest NAO items that are the most difficult to find.

I've been particularly conservative on estimated values for models of women and girls undifferentiated by other popular elements such as animals. Generic female models have been produced by the hundreds in the various Lladró brands, and, frankly, there are only so many girls and women with hats, long dresses, parasols, and baskets of flowers that one can look at before they all start to seem alike.

I base my secondary market value ranges on the last retail price for the item when I know what that was. The reason for this is practical: when an item has been on the market for a number of years before being retired from production, we have to remember that people were actually buying the item at or near that last retail price, else it would have been retired earlier. If people were willing to pay that price at retail, it's reasonable to base secondary market values on that retail foundation. In a very few cases, however, I have revised the secondary market ranges to begin under the last retail price if I think that price may have been too rich for the current secondary market. Generally speaking, the more expensive a NAO model is at retail the harder it will be for the model to attain over, at, or around that retail price.

Estimated values are not an exact science, and, in any case, it is not my job to "set" secondary market prices, so that is far from my intention. The market will do its own shaking out. I am merely giving it my best guess as to what a model might bring when all the stars align well for any given sale. That does not mean every private collector sale would be able to achieve these estimated values.

"What Is It About This Spanish Porcelain?"

-Peggy Whiteneck

Welcome to your Spanish porcelain information web site! Led by the armada of the Lladró company's several brands, contemporary Spanish porcelain has taken the collecting world by storm. The several Lladró porcelain brands include or have included NAO, Rosal, Zaphir, Golden Memories, and Hispania, but there are also many competitor companies in the Valencian region of Spain that are unrelated to Lladró, including Nadal, Tengra, and others. This web site aims to give collectors an information overview of these several Spanish porcelain brands and companies.

Like so much else in art, 20th century Spanish porcelain tends to inspire the extremes of response. For those who are passionate about it, no explanation is necessary, and for those who aren't, no explanation is possible.

Lladró's "In the Garden" (#5416G) was retired in 1996 at a last retail price of $350. Note the bird pecking at the fringe of the girl's shawl. (Photo by the author from her own collection.)

Why I Started This Site

The major reason I've launched this web site is the lack of information available to collectors of Spanish porcelain. It's no fun at all to collect things if you can't find information about them.

I launched the site in the days between my original book on the core Lladró brand going out of print and my finding a new publisher (the brave Craig Schenning of Old Line Publishing) who would publish the book I wanted to write, one that included all Lladró's known brands. In the meantime, I thought I'd try to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. Well, the new book has finally come out (see info above), but this web site has gained an international following in the interim, so I've kept it up.

What About Catalogs for Various Brands?

At least two good catalogs for the "core" or regular Lladró collection already exist on the following web sites: A Retired Collection and the official Lladró web site.

I see no value to collectors in duplicating those excellent efforts, so, for those looking to confirm the identity of a regular-collection Lladró, I'm providing below a "Search" link that connects directly to Janet Hammer's site, A Retired Collection, which I find to be the most comprehensive and user-friendly catalog of core collection Lladró online. You can search Janet's site by model number if you know it or by keyword if you don't! (The search page will open in a separate window, so you won't lose your place here on "El Portal Porcelana.")

The catalogs here on "El Portal Porcelana" will include Lladró's other brands, such as NAO, Zaphir, and Golden Memories. See the banner at left for links to those catalogs, which represent virtually the only catalogs of these brands that are available to most collectors. I'm pleased and proud to provide them. Have fun!

Unfortunately, there are no available retail catalogs for either the Rosal or Tang brands; many of these models were also made and catalogued in the NAO brand, and I have indicated in the particular listings for these items in the site's NAO catalog whenever Tang or Rosal models of these are known to have been made.

Likewise, the smaller, non-Lladró Spanish porcelain makers didn't, to my knowledge, produce published catalogs of their work, so it's virtually impossible to construct web catalogs for those brands or to identify individual items for collectors. (Sorry!) For generic information on these non-Lladró brands, click the "Other Companies" link on the left banner.


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Please Note: El Portal Porcelana is an information web site ONLY. While I very much welcome email contacts from serious collectors or anyone else wanting more information on Spanish porcelain, please do not ask me for sales or acquisition assistance, as I am not involved in those areas.

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