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The History of Lladro Porcelain Figurines

Lladro porcelain figurines are renowned worldwide for their exquisite beauty and painstaking attention to detail. Here at The Prudent Collector we are glad to share the history of Lladro figurines with you.

Lladro was founded in 1953 as a small family-owned business in Almacera, a tiny farming community near the city of Valencia, on Spain's eastern Mediterranean coast. Born into a humble farming family, Juan, Jose, and Vincente Lladro were first introduced to the arts by their mother, Rosa Lladro. Juan and Jose displayed an interest in painting while Vincente showed a remarkable aptitude in the area of sculpture. Their mother wished for them to have the best art education possible so they were enrolled in the Valencia School of Arts and Crafts.

Soon afterward the brothers built a kiln at their parents' home and began creating classical figurines, candelabras, and porcelain flowers. As they became more successful, they began selling their first creations at a local market. The brothers dreamed of creating the finest porcelain that could be found in Spain. Unfortunately their small kiln made it difficult to achieve temperatures that were hot enough to make porcelain of the highest quality. Undeterred they borrowed the necessary funds from a friend and built a kiln that generated enough heat to meet their needs. This was the beginning of the Lladro company.

By 1958 ever increasing business had dictated that the brothers expand to larger quarters. They moved from their small family workshop in Almacera to a factory in the nearby town of Tavernes Blanques. Throughout the 1960's Lladro continued to grow as more people started collecting their beautifully distinctive figurines.

In 1968 the Lladro group created the Nao brand of porcelain figurines. Nao was envisioned as an affordable collection of figurines which would be suitable for gifts and home decor.

In 1986 the brothers established the Lladro Collectors Society and released their first Collectors Society piece entitled "Little Pals." It proved to be extremely popular and they have continued the tradition by releasing a collector's society piece each following year. The Collectors Society pieces are not sold on the retail market, they are only offered to society members which adds to their rarity.

To this day Lladro remains a family owned business and a preeminent presence in the world of fine porcelain art and collectibles. The company is now run by the Lladro Permanent Council which is comprised of the Lladro brothers, their children, and the senior staff of Lladro Porcelain. By keeping family ties strong within the business they have ensured that the Lladro legacy will live on for many years to come.

What you see here is some of the Lladro from Spain which is available on eBay. If you don't see exactly what you're looking for use our site search to see even more items!

Lladro Pacific Jewel

Lladro Pacific Jewel

$225.00

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Lladro Figurine #6501 Angel of the Light, Tree Topper, with box

Lladro Figurine #6501 Angel of the Light, Tree Topper, with box

$120.00

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Lladro Figurine #6973 My Sweet Princess, Little Girl w/ Hands Near Face,with box

Lladro Figurine #6973 My Sweet Princess, Little Girl w/ Hands Near Face,with box

$150.00

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*Lladro # 5502 Mediation (Catholic Nun Praying) Porcelain Figurine (Read)

*Lladro # 5502 Mediation (Catholic Nun Praying) Porcelain Figurine (Read)

$119.99

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Lladro Figurine

Lladro Figurine " Drifting Through Dreamland" Mint Condition - Joan Coderch

$389.99

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NAO BY LLADRO

NAO BY LLADRO "Looking For A Puppy" Mint! Very Cute Piece! Reg.195$

$84.55

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Retired Lladro Clown Figurine 5762 Checking the Time With Box

Retired Lladro Clown Figurine 5762 Checking the Time With Box

$215.99

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LLADRO NAO

LLADRO NAO "Harequins Concerto" 20cm high Excellent Condition

$48.43

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Lladro St. Nicholas, Item #5421

Lladro St. Nicholas, Item #5421

$800.00

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Vintage Lladro Porcelain Geese Set 3 Different Hand Made in Spain Signed

Vintage Lladro Porcelain Geese Set 3 Different Hand Made in Spain Signed

$28.00

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LLADRO++NEW 2016 CURIOSITY CHILD++FREE SHIPPING+CHILDREN'S CURIOSITY++

LLADRO++NEW 2016 CURIOSITY CHILD++FREE SHIPPING+CHILDREN'S CURIOSITY++

$1,602.00

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LLADRO++MY LITTLE EXPLORES++ 01006828++NEW IN BOX+FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING++

LLADRO++MY LITTLE EXPLORES++ 01006828++NEW IN BOX+FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING++

$719.10

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LLADRO++NEW 2016 +FREE SHIPPING+NEW IN BOX+PATERNAL PROTECTION++P.PATERNA++

LLADRO++NEW 2016 +FREE SHIPPING+NEW IN BOX+PATERNAL PROTECTION++P.PATERNA++

$463.50

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Lladro playing mom - 06681 new in box

Lladro playing mom - 06681 new in box

$222.76

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Lladro Porcelain A Happy Panda Animal Figurine Ornament 01008357 New

Lladro Porcelain A Happy Panda Animal Figurine Ornament 01008357 New

$161.74

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Nao by Lladro Porcelain Disney Peter Pan Figurine Ornament Figure 02001835 New

Nao by Lladro Porcelain Disney Peter Pan Figurine Ornament Figure 02001835 New

$187.60

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Nao by Lladro Porcelain Disney Princess Belle Figurine Ornament 02001708 New

Nao by Lladro Porcelain Disney Princess Belle Figurine Ornament 02001708 New

$193.10

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Lladro Porcelain Goodnight My Angel Figurine Ornament 01008714 New

Lladro Porcelain Goodnight My Angel Figurine Ornament 01008714 New

$276.38

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Nao by Lladro Porcelain Soft Honey Butterfly Figurine Ornament 02001465 New UK

Nao by Lladro Porcelain Soft Honey Butterfly Figurine Ornament 02001465 New UK

$47.56

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Lladro Porcelain My Debut Dress Figurine Ornament 01008771 New

Lladro Porcelain My Debut Dress Figurine Ornament 01008771 New

$252.31

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Nao by Lladro Porcelain Graduate Celebration Graduation Boy Man Figure 02001630

Nao by Lladro Porcelain Graduate Celebration Graduation Boy Man Figure 02001630

$130.68

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