The Lladro Porcelain company was founded in 1953 by three brothers, Juan, Jose and Vicente Lladro, in the village of Almassera near Valencia. Starting with items such as vases and jugs, it wasn't until 1956 that they started producing the sculptures for which they are now most famous. Enthusiasm for the items produced by the Lladro brothers saw their small workshop expand several times until eventually they moved to Tavernes Blanques in 1958.
Among their wide variety of quality sculptures are beautiful dove figures. This particular sculpture named "Paloma Grande" was created by Fulgencio Garcia and first introduced in 1970. It has since been retired in the year 1995. Beautiful standing position with wings down, tail completely fanned and erect neck and head slightly tilted to one side.
The white glazed figure has pastel pink, green and black highlights. It measures 8" in height, 6" in length and 6" across the tail. Stamped in dark blue with the Lladro logo and "Lladro - Hand Made in Spain", as well as incised with a "V", "59" and "12". The original box is not available. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; one minor nick on the edge of a single tail feather (see photos), Lovely piece, priced accordingly for minor damage.