In the 1950s, the Lladro brothers (José, Vincente and Juan) began creating porcelain sculptures in Valencia, Spain. They developed the distinctive pastel colours that mark Lladro figurines. The popularity of the company continued to grow through the 20th century, and its pieces are now highly valued collectibles. Learning to assess Lladro figurines can seem daunting because of the large number of figurines the company has produced, but by following some simple steps you can learn to evaluate this line of decorative porcelain.
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Consult the Lladro website. Check its comprehensive list of current figurines and historical catalogue of discontinued pieces. Study the lists to get an idea of the scope of figures available and which ones are valuable because of their rarity.
Find books on Lladro at your local bookstores and library, such as “The Lladro Authorized Reference Guide” by Lladro and “Collecting Lladro: Identification & Price Guide” by Peggy Whiteneck.
Network with collectors. Visit antique shows and join collectors’ clubs to share the expertise and advice of Lladro collectors.
Visit antique and collectibles stores, as well as consignment stores to look for older or discontinued pieces. Online stores offer a selection as well: for newer figures, try Royal Pottery and for older ones, check Ruby Lane.
Visit auction sites such as eBay to see what individuals are willing to pay for Lladro figurines. Look at final bids on auctions that have closed to see what was paid for specific figurines.
Consult an appraiser. Find one by asking at local antiques stores or museums or contacting the International Society of Appraisers or the American Society of Appraisers.
Tips and warnings
- If you plan to buy Lladro through an online auction, be aware that there are fakes. Buy only from reputable sellers who have earned positive feedback from their buyers. Ask for more pictures of the piece before bidding.
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