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Latest Lladró Book!

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

by Peggy Whiteneck
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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 long 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 in production.

Various Spanish Porcelain Companies
  • Tengra
  • Galos
  • Miguel Requeña
  • Rex
  • Mirmasu
  • Casades
  • Raimond
  • Porceval
  • Inglès
  • Algora
  • D'Art
  • Porregamo
  • Castilla
  • Torralba
  • Dalia
  • Jando
  • Pales
  • Segarra

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Now Available!
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró

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

Posted 9/20/10

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.

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