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Origins of Porcelain Lladro Figurines, and Our Vacation Souvenirs from Spain

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Lladro figurine brought home from Spain of a girl petting a dog

Lladro figurine brought home from Spain of a girl petting a dog

Lladro Collectibles

Lladro collectibles have been successfully marketed worldwide, and are admired for their unique and distinctive styling and glazes. This glazing process is a tightly held company secret, and while there are other fine porcelain makers, none of them produce anything that has the same appearance as do these endearing figures.

Three brothers started this enterprise. Their names are Juan, José and Vincente Lladro. That happened in the year 1953.

Originally housed in a small village near Valencia, Spain their business was moved a few years later, as they continually needed more space and additional employees, to the location of Tavernes Blanques in 1958. Now thousands of people are in their employ producing these charming porcelain figurines.

Since 1960, there is an official identification mark stamped on the bottom of each Lladro piece. A bell-flower is a part of the logo. There have been various iterations of the official stamp that can help to date the pieces through the years.

Souvenirs From Spain

Generally speaking, when on vacation, our favorite souvenirs are just pictures, but we made an exception when visiting Spain in 1992 and came back with six Lladro figurines.

My husband and I were taking tours of both Barcelona and also some on the Island of Mallorca where we were staying. Our main focus was getting to enjoy not only the opening ceremonies, but also some of the Summer Olympic events in Barcelona, but these side-line tours gave us more of a perspective of what these parts of Spain had to offer tourists.

When one of the tours stopped at a Lladro retail establishment, we fell in love with these distinctive figurines and the prices were much better than had we purchased the same pieces in the United States. So like most of the others on the tour group with us, we transported a number of these collectible porcelains back to the hotel where we were staying, and then by airplane home to Houston.

So Many Choices!

There were so many choices of Lladro figures from which to choose and as you can probably tell by the majority of my photos, my husband and I were primarily drawn to the ones with animals except for one exception. While our Lladro collection is not that large, each piece we chose as vacation souvenirs from Spain had special meaning for us.

Had we wished to buy angels in almost any form there was a huge selection. From cute little cherubs to large angels with fabulous wingspans and numerous postures, the choices were many. Entire nativity scenes with accompanying angels could have been ours for the right price!

We were purchasing the Lladro figurines for not only ourselves but as gifts for both of our mothers as well. Since our mothers are now deceased, we have all of them back in our possession. Unlike other objects that we have acquired through the years and then decided to discard because of new décor, or some other reason, these Lladro porcelains still very much please us.

Worldwide Recognition and Representation

I hope that you enjoyed these pictures of our Lladro figurines. It is nice knowing that there is an almost unlimited choice of subject matter and pricing to please the most discerning of persons.

We had fun learning a bit more about the history and process of making these fine collectible porcelains and I hope that you did also.

If you only watch one video, make it the one below. It takes one from the 1950s to the 1990s, and how Llado porcelains have evolved over the years. These fine porcelain creations are now sold worldwide, and there is even a Lladro museum in New York City.

Where Lladro Porcelain Figurines are made.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

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