How to Appraise Lladro Figurines

Written by jennifer wiginton
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Founded in Spain by Juan, Jose and Vicente Lladro, the Lladro Co. has created collectable porcelain objects since 1953. The company’s demand for consistent quality and its distinctive style has steadily enhanced the figurines’ values. Lladro figurines are valuable assets and the value for each should be known for insurance, sales and tax-reporting purposes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Collecting Lladro: Identification & Price Guide

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Learn about the Lladro Co. Gain a strong background in the history, product lines and distinctive features of Lladro figurines. Search the company’s website for the various manufacturer’s marks used and photographs of the products. Visit shops and other collectors to examine and handle authentic pieces. Learn to recognise the characteristic elongated Lladro style to distinguish these figurines from those made by other companies.

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    Learn how to identify a Lladro item. Locate the serial number on the bottom of the figurine. Use this number to find the figurine’s name or title. Search for the name in Lladro’s online catalogue or a collectibles reference book, such as "Collecting Lladro: Identification and Price Guide," to discover its age and approximate value. Visit local libraries or bookstores for other reference books. Remember, too, that the values shown in these reference materials are for figurines in perfect, mint condition. Actual value of items may differ. Explore the current market value for the figurine by searching online auction and antique sites for the prices of recently sold Lladro items.

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    Evaluate the item's condition. Hold your Lladro figurine carefully and firmly, placing a hand around the head and shoulders and the other around the base. Examine all parts of the figurine from a variety of angles and viewpoints. Check that the item’s texture, translucency, colours and even glaze reflect Lladro’s high standards. Note any cracks, chips, lines or other damages that would reduce the figurine’s quality and value. Use outdoor, natural light to improve the ability to see any defects accurately. Be aware that professional repair or restoration should not lower the figurine’s value significantly, but it must be properly conserved.

  4. 4

    Don't be fooled by anyone attempting to sell fake Lladros. Make sure the figurine has the appropriate Lladro mark on its base and that its serial number appears in the company’s database. Shop only with reputable dealers and retain the original receipt and packing materials.

  5. 5

    Consult a professional to have a Lladro figurine appraised for insurance or tax-reporting purposes. Ask antique shop owners for referrals. Opt for an in-person, rather than online, appraisals for a more accurate assessments. Request replacement and fair-market values. Get the results in writing.

Tips and warnings

  • Never pick up a Lladro figurine by its arm or appendage.
  • Enhance a Lladro figurine’s value by following proper care and storage directions.
  • Increase a Lladro figurine’s value by allowing scholars to examine, exhibit or publish articles about it.
  • Lladro figurines are not toys. Keep them out of the reach of children.
  • Use care when handling porcelain items. Keep a first-aid kit available in case of injury from a broken figure.

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