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

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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.

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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

Comments

Robert Sacchi on October 26, 2019:

Good exception.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2019:

Hi Robert,

I totally agree. Most often my favorite souvenirs are the photos I take. This was an exception to that rule.

Robert Sacchi on October 26, 2019:

Yes, it's a much member memento than, "I went to Spain and I got this lousy T-shirt." :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2019:

Hi Robert,

We enjoy looking at them because it is also a memory of our trip to Spain.

Robert Sacchi on October 24, 2019:

Those are beautiful pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

An upcoming 50th wedding anniversary! How wonderful! Congratulations! You have 8 years on us. Share this hub with those who might be purchasing gifts for you with a "Hint!" notice. Ha! Who knows...you may soon own a Lladro porcelain! Thanks for your comment and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2012:

Hi Mary,

The Lladro figurines we collected while in Spain were a bargain compared to purchasing them over here in the U.S. So...you collect Hummels. Those are also wonderful. You could do a hub about them! :)) Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

moonlake from America on July 17, 2012:

I don't have any but they are so beautiful. I wouldn't mind getting one. Hey, our 50th is coming up maybe I will pass the word. Voted up and shared.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 17, 2012:

I have always admired the Lladro figurines, but I can't afford to collect them along with the Hummels that I dearly love and collect. I sure hope you have some good insurance on these beautiful pieces!

I enjoyed watching the video of how the Lladros are made.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share your beautiful Lladros.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

Hi oceansnsunsets,

Your parents receiving a Lladro figurine as a wedding gift from your grandmother was really nice. They are beautiful as you can attest and often grow in value verses many gifts that decrease in value over time. So this type of art is wonderful to receive as a gift. Thank you for your comment. We certainly enjoy our souvenirs!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on December 04, 2011:

Hi Peggy, my family loves Lladro. When my parents got married (remarried when I was a teen), they got a lladro porcelain piece as a gift from my grandmother. It is so amazingly beautiful. We love Lladro, and what a wonderful souvenir indeed. Thanks for sharing more about Lladro, it is such beautiful art!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2011:

Hello Sally's Trove,

It is always nice to learn a little background information about things like these Lladro figurines. Glad you enjoyed the pictures and learning about them. Thanks for the comment.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on February 19, 2011:

Peggy, thanks for putting this Hub together and including all the super background information. I don't collect these, but I have many friends who do. Lladro pieces are always kept in a place of honor in their homes, always on display to enjoy. Up and awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 17, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

Thanks for reading and looking at the pictures and videos of Lladro figurines that were our vacation souvenirs from Spain. They make some amazing porcelains!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 17, 2011:

Hello DeBorrah K. Ogans,

I agree with you that Lladro figurines are exquisitely detailed and offer quality as well as beauty. Thanks for your comment and visit to this hub.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 17, 2011:

You have beautiful figures and these all really wonderful souvenir from Spain. I really enjoy reading this hub. Including all pictures and video. Good work, Peggy. Vote up !

Love and peace,

DeBorrah K Ogans on February 16, 2011:

Peggy W, Nice presentation! The figurines are marvelous. There is an unmistakable exquisite detailed quality that LLadro porcelain represents! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 16, 2011:

Yes, Billy. Not to forget Amazon! Some great deals there also!

Spain is definitely having some financial problems and if the U.S. Congress and President don't get their act together and address our debt problems...we will soon follow in Spain's footsteps as well as other countries that have overspent without regard to the bottom line.

billyaustindillon on February 16, 2011:

Peggy probably some good deals on Lladro on eBay, Craigs List, discount merchants etc - I remember reading somewhere about the problems in Spain and people selling over there and Lladro's name came up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2011:

Thanks brewerjonny,

You must like Lladro figurines or know someone who does? Thanks for the complimentary comment.

brewerjonnyb01@aol.com on February 15, 2011:

Peggy as always you deliver a fantastic article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2011:

Hi Billy,

If we could have carried more...we probably would have purchased more Lladro figurines in Spain. We were just a little concerned about having them shipped. Looking back...that was probably foolish on our part. Most of the people with us did as we did and hand carried them back home. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2011:

Hello lyjo,

Sorry to hear that your mom had to get rid of her Lladro figurines for that type of reason. At least she had her priorities in the right place! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2011:

Hi susannah42,

Obviously if you have collected some Lladro figurines, you must also like them. We like ours today every bit as much as the day we purchased them in Spain. Thanks for your comment.

billyaustindillon on February 14, 2011:

You have an excellent Lladro collection and I can see how it gets addictive - nicely done :)

lyjo on February 14, 2011:

When I was a llttle girl, my mom had a collection of Llardo figurines, they are so beautiful, of course I was never allowed to touch them. When my parents divorced, she had to sell them to keep food on the table...I have forgotten all about them till now, thanks for the reminder...they are very special!

susannah42 from Florida on February 14, 2011:

Thanks for the information. I have a few that I have collected.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2011:

Hi Hello, hello,

I would agree with you that the Lladro figurines are most distinguishable from others. I was not as familiar with his vases or now the Christmas ornaments that are also made. Some of the large pieces we saw in Spain were spectacular! Would need an immense display area. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2011:

Hello Om Paramagoonya,

My mother and mother-in-law also really liked the Lladro figurines and enjoyed our gifts (souvenirs) from Spain. Thanks for the comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on February 14, 2011:

Lladro had a complete different style but yet so uniqoely appealling. Thank you for a wonderful hub.

Om Paramapoonya on February 13, 2011:

These are lovely! My mom really likes this kind of stuff. I'll try to remember to show this hub to her. Thanks for sharing. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hi Tony,

Thanks for the comment. These Lladro figurines will always remind us of our vacation trip to Spain. :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hello AskAshlie3433,

From the 10 days that we spent in Spain, it is a wonderful country in which to vacation. My husband actually won the trip and we tacked on a few extra days in Madrid on our own before joining the rest of the people also on the trip. It was a fantastic experience, especially getting to see the opening ceremonies and other events during the summer Olympics in Barcelona.

These Lladro figurines are a nice remembrance of that time. Hope you do get to Spain someday! Thanks for the comment.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on February 13, 2011:

These are truly lovely! Thanks so much for sharing these pictures of your collection and the history behind the pieces. Interesting and entertaining.

Love and peace

Tony

AskAshlie3433 from WEST VIRGINIA on February 13, 2011:

Those are some really nice pieces. I have always wanted to go to Spain. I doubt I ever get there. Cool hub

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hello Truckstop Sally,

Nice that your daughter inherited some Lladro figurines and Hummel plates. She might be surprised by the value she has! Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub about our vacation souvenirs acquired in Spain.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hi Pamela,

We have purchased some other forms of art while on vacation (other exceptions to just the pictures norm) but as you mentioned, when looking at these Lladro figurines we will always remember our vacation to Spain. Thanks for the comment.

Truckstop Sally on February 13, 2011:

Beautiful craftsmenship and memories! My daughter inherited some of these and years and years of Hummel plates. She needs to research the value of them.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 13, 2011:

Peggy, The Lladro's figurines are exquisite and I can see why you were attracted to them. I imagine you never get tired of looking at them and what a wonderful keepsake from from your trip to Spain.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

I wonder if the Lladro brothers ever thought that their wonderful Lladro figurines would be sold not only in Spain but all around the world when they began that enterprise? It is a business dream come true! Thanks for your comment on the pictures of our souvenirs from our vacation many years ago.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hello CASE1WORKER,

No surprise as to what type of Lladro figurine you would prefer. Can you tell that we like dogs and cats? Haha! Lladro makes something to please almost everybody whether buying souvenirs while on vacation or merely purchasing these beautiful porcelains online or in retail stores. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on February 13, 2011:

Peggy,

This is a beautiful and interesting hub of Lladro's figurines from Spain. You have a great collection of figurines. I love your videos and expressions of Lladro's beautiful art.

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on February 13, 2011:

they are lovely I bought a cat (surprise surprise) in the early 90's and my mother has some lovely peices that she bought in the 80's when father was stationed in Gibraltar.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hello Micky,

The videos...especially the last 2 of the Lladro figurines with the music were entertaining, the last one being very informative as well. Glad you found these vacation souvenirs of ours from Spain of some interest. Not your usual t-shirt or postcard! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

It would be fun to see them added to that hub! What other treasures are in your daughter's storage facility? (Smile)

Micky Dee on February 13, 2011:

Awesomely exquisite! Thank you Peggy. I can always depend on you for exquisite entertainment. God bless!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on February 13, 2011:

These were not artistic endeavors except in a commercial sense. They were made to mail to customers and mostly would be thrown out after awhile.AI just did some routine assembly.If I ever find the figurines I will add them to my hub about Dad, but I think they are buried in my daughters storage facility.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

Your father was truly artistic from what I have seen. If he was starting to make anything close to what Lladro figurines look like that would have been something! So you did some painting on them and also casting! You are obviously artistic also. He would not have let you do that if he did not think that you would be adding to their beauty.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on February 12, 2011:

I can see why you were attracted to these figurines. I believe I would be too. When my fathe died he was just getting into doing some commercial art making figurines for advertising campaigns. I loved working on those--just casting and some painting, nothing really artistic but it was fun.