We have a vast range of Lladro available for immediate Free Delivery, we also order every week directly from Lladro’s Head Office in the City of Porcelain, Valencia Spain. If you require your item sooner we can offer an Express Delivery Service and Royal Mail Special Post Service (next day delivery). Please telephone the store for a price quote and to check availability on 01732 454937.
Kindest Regards, Mark & Di Donnelly & The Team at The Chinashop
Lladro is the eponymous brand that has carved an exalted position amongst collectors and lovers of sculpture alike. One buys “Lladro” in the same way one might acquire diamonds – that’s how much the name is revered and recognised.
The story behind this iconic brand started nearly 70 years ago, when three Spanish brothers, Juan, Jose and Vicente Lladro began making plates, vases and ceramic figurines in their home village of Almassera in the province of Valencia. From those modest beginnings, they have created a global phenomenon, a business that employs over 2000 people and is as much in demand as ever.
What sets Lladro apart is the unique way in which each item is lovingly and lavishly handcrafted, using highly-skilled and intricate techniques.
Interweaving a mixture of chemistry and modelling, through to delicate carving, etching and painting, Lladro’s artists and designers keep alive the ancient crafts and methods of turning porcelain into dreams. They even use live modelling where human figures are being created.
Once past the initial stages of clay and plasticine, technicians visualise and define the fragments in which each piece will be broken down, for later reproduction. Some of these creations are so complex and detailed, they need to be divided into more than 400 fragments.
This initial fragmentation enables the first reproduction of the different parts – in alabaster. This is a highly resistant material on Lladro’s sculptors etch the faces of figures to the smallest detail.
These fragments will form the basis for the die set to create the matrix moulds that are used to obtain the definitive moulds. This carefully executed artistic process, from the birth of the idea until the model is ready to be reproduced in actual porcelain, can take up to five years for the most complex creations.
Each mould is filled with liquid porcelain. Once it is set, it is carefully extracted and then recomposed. Where flowers are used – a signature Lladro element – artists set the petals individually by hand, to ensure the uniqueness of each piece.
Then comes the intricate process of decoration. Lladro’s constantly evolving palette currently consists of over 4000 different colours and the subtlety of toning is testament to this rich spread.
This tapestry of colours is linked to an impressive array of decorative procedures and textures incorporating liquid colours, enamels, as well as lustres with finishes that might switch between gloss, matt and satin. Each one requires a delicate touch to ensure no detail is overlooked.
It is then, and only then, that each individual masterpiece is brought to life in the kiln.
Subjected to temperatures of up to 1300 degrees celsius for a whole day, each piece is set and brought to life.
It’s amazing to think that during this kiln process, each sculpture loses water and about a 15% reduction in size. What’s even more incredible is that this reduction in size is uniform across the entire sculpture, ensuring that it isn’t compromised or damaged.
In the most complex pieces, a porcelain support system is used to balance the piece, ensuring each Lladro creation is almost a feat of engineering in itself. Another key moment in this creative phase is the decoration of the piece.
This complex and laborious process has won Lladró worldwide recognition. The search for perfection also extends to quality control, where the finished sculpture undergoes various tests to certify that it fulfils the high standards demanded by the brand.
Excellence is also applied in the packaging, customised to the individual features of each piece, in order to ensure that it reaches its final destination – you the customer – safely and in perfect condition.
The results are to be seen on The Chinashop website, or you can browse our in store selection at 20 Burgate, in the heart of Canterbury, Kent.
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