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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 and my earlier Lladró books at online booksellers.

Cobalt/Impressed "Made in Spain" Mark
(No Brand Attribution) ~ A Mystery Solved?

For years, collectors have encountered models marked "Made in Spain" in block letters in a cobalt blue stamp very close to (if not the same as) the blue used in the Lladró backstamp but without a brand name or manufacturer's attribution. Collectors have also brought to my attention other non-attributed items but with the Made in Span mark impressed into the porcelain rather than backstamped in cobalt blue.


This small model of dog and bone has many stylistic affinities with the rudimentarily modeled "Dog & Snail" #L07l that has been found with both incised NAO and incised Lladró marks (see NAO catalog page #L071). The one pictured here is marked as in photo at bottom, "Made in Spain." The primitive modeling would be difficult to ascribe to Lladró were it not that the modeling on the known L071 isn't much finer! (Photos courtesy of Teresa K. Schmitt.)

As I note in my book Collecting Lladró (ordering info on the left banner), these Made in Spain stamps are often found on relatively high quality models that I have always felt are too well done to be the typical product of any of a number of small, competing companies working "in the Lladró style" in the Valencian region of Spain. My own suspicion was that at least some of these unattributed models have some connection or other to Lladró itself - either as older models marked before Lladró began "branding" its products or, perhaps, as a way to offload items produced by Lladró/NAO sculptors or sculptors in training when these models may have been deemed too good for destruction but perhaps not yet ready for the laurel of a Lladró brand name.

Shortly after I first started collecting Lladró, I bought this large (just over 12" in length) Borzoi dog grouping in an antique shop for $150. I felt then that the modeling quality, right down to the dogs' teeth and tongues, is too good to be anything but Lladró. But it's simply marked "Made in Spain" in a cobalt blue stamp. My value estimate is based on what I'd be willing to sell it for were I in a selling mood (which I'm not!), and I wouldn't take less than $350 for it. (Photo by the author.)

It has recently been discovered that the earliest Rosal pieces had paper brand labels that easily became detached over time, and that provides another possible explanation for at least some of the items with the impressed country attribution, an early form of marking that would be about the vintage of the Rosal brand.

Recently, collector Christine Russell sent me a picture of her "Made in Spain" no-brand item. Check out that face: Could she be anything other than a Lladró? (In my experience, the faces always tell and are the one thing on a human-image Lladró that is inimitable by competitors.)

Check out this girl with geese and her apron full of eggs. Could the girl's face be anything other than a Lladró? The item has an impressed mark identifying it as "Made in Spain" but is otherwise unattributed. (Photos courtesy of Christine Russell.)

(Read on! The Mystery May Well Be Solved!)

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. Includes revised and expanded content, including 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, on Amazon, 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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