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, along
with my earlier Lladró books, at online booksellers.
Other Spanish Porcelain Companies
- Peggy Whiteneck
Although Lladró and Nadal are the best-known names in 20th century
Spanish porcelain, there are many other porcelain figurine companies
concentrated in the Valencian region of Spain. According to Liane McAllister,
in a January 1997 article in the trade journal Gifts and Decorative
Accessories ("Valencia: Spanish Ceramics Show Growing Pains And Pluses"),
Lladró controls about 70% of this Valencian porcelain market, with all other companies slugging it
out for the remaining 30% of market share.
This horse was made by Mirmasu, one of Lladró's many Valencian
competitors. The model is quite nice on its own terms, but it takes
no technical risks. Note that only one of the horse's legs is separately
articulated - and its solid anchoring calls attention to the modeler's
apparent reluctance to get too adventurous. (Photo by the author.)
This page is devoted to the better-known of those companies, all of which
have been heavily influenced by the style popularized by Lladró - even
though most have had limited success in competing with its quality. (I have
felt these companies would have been better off trying to develop a style
of their own rather than settling for a poor imitation of Lladró's.)
The list posted below consists of the names of Valencian (mostly) companies
that I know about. Very few of these companies export, and their products end up on the secondary market beyond Spain, particularly on eBay®, as an
indirect consequence of tourist travel to and from that country. The Tengra and Galos companies used to have
web sites that are no longer operative. As web site marketing
proliferates and sites
become easier to build, more of these companies may eventually be found on
the web. On the other hand, these companies are all small enough to come into and
go out of business quickly and may never have the resources to mount a Web presence. In the interim, perhaps the best way to find examples of them is to do an eBay search of their
names (followed by the word "porcelain" as some of these names are fairly
generic). It's also likely that at least some of the companies on the list are no longer
Various Spanish Porcelain Companies
- Miguel Requeña
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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