Porcelain is not much more valuable than that for collectors …

Hope you are enjoying the week between Christmas and New Years. May Quality Street never run out and your gifts are all to be collected, as the antiques lover’s blessing should go!

I wonder if anyone has unboxed a long desired Lladro figure? Just a few years ago, these were staple gifts in thousands of homes, but, perhaps because of this very ubiquity, their collection has shrunk somewhat in recent years.

Created by the Spanish farming brothers Juan, Jose and Vicente Lladro in the 1950s, Lladro porcelain has long been known for its high quality and excellent workmanship. Each item is handcrafted and the designs usually depict life’s precious moments.

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This pretty lady seated, currently in the center, is priced at 20 pounds

They are best known for their wide range of action figures (now numbering in the thousands) in over 20 different categories. With so much, it may be inevitable that the market will be somewhat inundated, unaided by the high number of imitators who have grown as Lladro’s fame increases.

We always welcome people bringing their collectibles to the center for evaluation. However, it is never a pleasure to tell someone that their precious collection is worth much less than they imagined, even worse to say: “If you had brought it only two years ago …”

Lladro figurines of course always have charm, and indeed a drop in the market is often a spur to discerning collectors. Whether it’s buying wholesale and betting on the price rise again, or being able to afford that ambitious coin you covet, this can be the perfect time to grab a bargain.

This charming seated lady, currently at the center priced at £ 20, is one of Lladro’s ‘Nao’ figures. Contrary to popular belief, these are not Lladro seconds, but a subsidiary line, normally produced by apprentices.

Unbeknownst to many people, Lladro also produced animals, vases, jugs, candle holders and paintings. These are rarer to find in the UK and can make for interesting collections and investments, especially in the future.

With only 100 copies made in 2016, you’re unlikely to find a copy of the incredibly complex ‘Carnival in Venice’ party scene. With a current price tag of £ 165,000, although Lladro may have taken a hit recently, this one seems unlikely to drop to affordable levels!

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