01005502 (5502) MEDITATION (BLUE) Issue Year: 1988 Retirement Year: 2011 Sculptor: José Puche Size: 8¼x 4 1/4 " This figurine is in perfect condition with no damage: no nicks, cracks or chips. The item has been displayed in the glass curio cabinet for many years in the non-smoking home. I took multiple pictures with and without flash to allow you to see true colors and as much detail as possible. Lladro figurine does not have box or papers, but will be shipped with special care with bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts, so it can make it to your home in pristine condition. If there are any problems with an item I sell on eBay, problems will be clearly described. As always low starting bid and no reserve. Shipping will be by Priority Mail, so your items will arrive quickly. I am selling 39 different Lladro pieces currently, so please check all my items and see if there is something else you like. Lladro – The Company In 1953 Juan, José and Vicente Lladró, three brothers born of local farmers and endowed with great artistic talent, formed a small family company in the Valencian village of Almàssera, Spain and made their first creations inspired by an experimental vocation in a Moorish furnace built in their own home. In this way, they develop their artistic interest as they work in a tile and crockery factory. These carefully designed pieces already have a special charm that awakens public interest. By 1955 they begin making sculptures in which a clear influence of the trends of the XVIII century can be observed. These pieces evoke the works of former porcelain artists such as Meissen, Sèvres and Capodimonte. In 1958 Juan, José and Vicente decide to dedicate themselves exclusively to their own works and transfer their small company to a warehouse in the neighboring town of Tavernes Blanques, because the family workshop has become too small for their business. Demand for Lladró creations grows unexpectedly. The brothers introduce innovations not only in the design and style of the figurines but also in the firing techniques, reducing the three-layer firing to a one-layer process. One-firing is an innovative method which creates the crystalline finish and the pastel tonalities typical of Lladró works. A growing number of sculptors, chemists and decorators increase the production of the brothers’ work. They soon decide to incorporate a logo on all their figurines. Beside "Porcelanas Lladró", they add a Greek masterpiece, the Victory of Samotracia, thus associating their surname to the ideal of classical art. By the end of this decade, Lladró opens a store in Valencia and two more within a few years’ time. Every Lladró piece of work is the result of a laborious artistic process. Sculptors follow their own inspiration but also perform, if the work requires it, a meticulous process of research and documentation. This is often the case with pieces or collections that reflect other cultures. The Lladró brothers represented their own parents in some of their first pieces, and this was the seed that would grow in later years into one of the most fertile sources of inspiration in the Lladró pieces. Everyday scenes recreated in Lladró pieces reveal a complex world of stories full of emotions and feelings.