Founded in 1953 in Almacera, near Valencia in Spain, Lladró has produced over 4,000 porcelain designs.
Pieces from the 1950s are rare and are identified by their incised marks. Impressed marks were standardised around 1960, with the blue stamp introduced in 1971. The accent over the 'o' was added in 1974.
Pieces in matt glazes are rarer than those decorated in other glazes and can fetch more, as can pre-production pieces with a creamy finish. Look out for pieces produced in small limited editions or for short periods of time.
Lladró never used black for eyes, lids or brows which helps identify fakes
Facial expressions are usually full of character. Lladró never used black for eyes, lids or brows which helps identify fakes.
Check protruding extremities such as flowers and hat brims for damage which reduces value. Large sizes are especially sought after.
This 1992 limited-edition Angelic Cymbalist tree topper from the Angel Symphony range (pictured) is valued at £30 - £50.
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